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Holidays in Oregon State

Oregon is a state blessed with true natural beauty and seven natural wonders of its own, including a sleeping volcano, the deepest lake in the USA, and a dramatic coastline. Portland, one of the USA’s coolest cities is here, perfect for a city break with a friendly, villagey feel. The waters of the Pacific border Oregon on the west; Washington state is to the north, and California is to the south. This is a dream destination for those who love to explore as there are hundreds of miles of routes to bike, hike, climb and drive in.

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Best time to visit: Summer, when there’s no rain and it’s pleasantly warm.

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Eugene International Airport (EUG), and Portland International Airport (PDX), which is 15km northeast of downtown Portland. You can get a connecting flight to other regions in Oregon.

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Way out west is the Oregon Coast, with a rugged coastline buffeted by the Pacific Ocean. It’s home to Newport, a charming maritime city and a great place for long coastal walks and beachcombing. In the neighbouring Greater Portland region is Portland, called ‘City of Roses’ for its perfect rose-growing climate. It’s known as a hipster haven too; make like a local and have lunch at a food cart. Eastern Oregon is huge, covering nearly half the state; its incredible terrain is perfect for those who love to play outdoors.

Located in the Oregon Coast region, the seafront city of Newport’s hotels have a slightly eccentric appeal. Stay in the charming Deco District, or artists’ favourite Nye Beach. In the Bayfront area you can stroll along the boulevard. South Beach has lots of marine history to discover, while Agate Beach is great for exploring.

Eastern Oregon covers nearly half of the state. Come here for adventures in the Wallowas and the otherworldly Painted Hills; if you love to cycle then make plans to cruise its scenic byways. The best hotels in Eastern Oregon offer panoramic views, whether it’s of Baker City or the Strawberry Mountains.

Stay here for the arts and music scenes (Portland hosts a number of festivals) and Old Town’s nightlife. By day, visit quirky shops like Powell’s World of Books; stop and smell the flowers in the Lan Su Chinese Garden, and enjoy the easy-going vibe.


North of Oregon lies Washington State otherwise know as the ‘Evergreen State’. It’s the birthplace of grunge and specialty coffee, a producer of world-renowned wine, and home to a volcano. Washington is a state of contrasts. To the south is the hot and dry Wine Country and Walla Walla; to the west, the cosmopolitan ‘Emerald City’ of Seattle sits in the shadow of the snow-tipped mountains.


When you’re planning a day out on the coast or biking around Mt. Hood, be sure to pick out the best pit stops on the way. Oregon is a real foodie state; tour around the wineries in the Willamette Valley, and enjoy the local beer served in Portland’s bars. You can also sample local chocolate and cheese, and in the cities, you’ll find great coffee and doughnuts that are perfect for treating yourself after a relaxed day of shopping and people-watching.

There’s no shortage of attractions in Oregon; it has its own ‘seven wonders’. Trek and climb the sleeping volcano Mount Hood, and the 80-mile Colombia River Gorge canyon. The 362 miles of ocean-carved Oregon Coast offers stunning lookout points. Explore the eerie striped terrain of the Painted Hills. On a sunny day, admire the towers of Smith Rock, and the picturesque Crater Lake, ringed by cliffs. In the Wallowas you can chill out by Wallowa Lake, or venture higher up the mountain range for the view through to Hell’s Canyon and beyond.

There are so many activities in Oregon to take part in. If it’s all about the journey rather than the destination, take one of the many scenic routes by car or bike, and ride off into the sunset. Thrill-seekers should head to the majestic Mt. Hood in the winter for skiing and snowboarding. Take to the Upper Clackamas River for rafting; after a day’s sailing and hang-gliding on the Columbia River, relax in one of the rustic cabins. In the summer, Mt. Hood invites you to dip in its lakes and visit the orchards.

Good food is a big deal in Oregon; it’s not about speed, but about quality. All that fresh air and exploring works up an appetite, and there’s much to satisfy it wherever you are. If you’re in The Dalles, be sure to try the cherries and stop by the Sunshine Mill winery for a tasting. There are plenty of craft beers made in Oregon to choose from as there are nearly 170 microbreweries here. You can also grab fruit and healthy snacks at one of the many farmers’ markets


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Take to the wild and scenic rivers for rafting and sailing, and go rock climbing on Smith Rock.

Visit Willamette Valley’s vineyards, and make space in your diary for Oregon’s top food festivals.

Admire the reddish-gold stripes of the Painted Hills, and hike down to the waters of Crater Lake.


Language: The language spoken in the USA is English.

Currency: The currency used in the USA is the American Dollar ($).

Local time: Oregon is eight hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Eugene International Airport (EUG), and Portland International Airport (PDX), which is 15km northeast of downtown Portland. You can get a connecting flight to other regions in Oregon.

Flight time from UK: 12 to 16 hours.

Tourist information: Further Oregon tourist information can be found here

Visa & health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to the Oregon area


Summary: The Pacific Northwest climate means rain most of the year (mainly drizzle but heavier in the west), only letting up in summer. Bring cold weather gear and layers if you come between October and June. Desert areas are drier and hotter, especially in the southwest.

Temperature: A cool 9°C and occasionally below; high 20°Cs July-September.

Best time to visit: Summer, when there’s no rain and it’s pleasantly warm.


By bike or walking: Oregon’s cities, especially Portland, are great for biking and walking; there are bike rental spots dotted around.

By public transport: Portland’s reliable bus, streetcar, and MAX light rail services are run by TriMet. You can get a bus that runs between Portland and Newport.

By car: Car is the best option for the Eastern Oregon and Newport regions.


Seafood diet: Get ready to indulge in Oregon’s finest at the Seafood & Wine Festival (Feb), or the Astoria Warrenton Crab and Seafood Festival (April). Portland’s Chocolate Fest (Jan) offers a sweet alternative.

Walk the plank: Kids will enjoy the Portland Pirate Festival (Sep), it’s packed with ship tours, performers and, of course, pirates.

Feel the music: Make a date for the Portland Jazz Festival (Feb), or Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival (July).

Ride ‘em: No USA trip is complete without a trip to a traditional rodeo, and the Pendleton Round-Up (Sep) is one of the biggest in the country.

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