Oregon State travel guide

Weather and climate

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 20s (°C) July-September.

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

Best for

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

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

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

Fast facts

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

Getting around

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.

Events

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.