There are so many different things to do and see in Oregon. The lists are endless for the main attractions, like hiking, mountain biking, waterfalls and lakes. However there are a few things that are specific to Oregon that you can't do in any other state.
Let's check them out.
5 Unique Things to Do in Oregon
You have decided to visit Oregon and want to make sure you do one thing that you can't do anywhere else. To make it the most memorable Oregon trip. These 5 unique things to do in Oregon are in no particular order in how we enjoyed them because we enjoyed them all.
1. Ski in All 12 Months
Mt. Hood is the only mountain in the U.S. that has skiing all year round. This includes having a ski lift open all year round as well. Starting at Timberline Lodge (which is known for being the exterior location for the movie The Shining.) you will find plenty of parking to start your day. With camps and open skiing throughout the summer you will find something there for everyone. There are also open hiking and mountain biking trails as well. You can have lunch at the ski cafe and then dinner at the lodge. If you decide to do a night at Timberline they also have a small pool and hot tub to enjoy.
2. Swim In The Deepest Lake in the US
Crater Lake National Park has the deepest lake in the US. You won't find me getting in but the views are beautiful and on a hot day you will find many that take the plunge.
3. Go to the Last Blockbuster on Earth
I remember growing up going to blockbuster to rent a bunch of movies and splurge on all the candy options. They were everywhere. Now, there is only one and it sits dead center in Bend, Oregon. You will get the same smell that each and every blockbuster had with the same options. Candy galore and cheap old movies.
4. Stand Next To a 40 Million Year Old Hill
When you want to learn about some of the history that Oregon holds, make your way to John Day Fossil Bends National Monument. Specifically the Painted Hills Unit where you can stand next to hills created from pumice and ash from a volcanic eruption. The colors range from deep rend to a vibrant yellow.
5. Search for A Ghost Forest on the Beach
Back in the late 90s there were a series of storms that hit the coast. When all was calm residents were left with a wonderful surprise at low tide. Neskowin Ghost Forest, as it is known today, an ancient sitka spruce forest was unearthed. Some of these trees were 200 feet tall but were destroyed in a storm. They are still there today, but you can only see them at low tide.
A couple other places that you can visit that are quite unique to Oregon are:
Lost Lake - Visit a lake that disappears in the summer into a hole and appears again the early spring.
Shanghai Tunnels - Located in Portland these tunnels were used to get back and forth from town to the ports. Mostly used for illegal means, you can take a tour of some of the tunnels.