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Welcome to Oregon

The state of Oregon, tucked between Washington and California in the US Pacific Northwest, delights locals and visitors alike with its magnificent landscapes that are ripe for adventure. The state is home to mountains in the Cascade Range, including the majestic Mt. Hood, which can be seen from downtown Portland, the state's largest city. Tour Portland (aka Stumptown) from Pioneer Square to the French Renaissance–style Pittock Mansion while enjoying treats from the city's famous food carts. Then, head for the vast Columbia River, which snakes along much of the border between Oregon and Washington, creating the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Enjoy a hiking and rock climbing tour, stopping to admire waterfalls along the way; or book an adventurous white-water rafting tour. Marvel over stunning Crater Lake, Oregon's only national park and the deepest lake in the country. You can also wind surf, kayak, and Jet Ski on the Hood River. Take a break on a culinary tour across the Willamette Valley, known for a fine selection of wineries; learn to paddleboard in Corvallis on the river; join a biking or hiking tour of the hip city of Bend in summer (or ski there in winter); and head for family-friendly white-water rafting on the Rogue River in southern Oregon. Finally, lace up your walking shoes and explore the high deserts, fossil beds, and vast forests of eastern Oregon.

Top 10 attractions in Oregon

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Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge

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The Columbia River Gorge, one of the great natural treasures of the Pacific Northwest with its many dramatic waterfalls, channels the mighty Columbia River through the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, marking much of the border between Oregon and Washington. The gorge figures in early United States history, as it was here that the Lewis and Clark expedition completed its final stretch in 1805. Today the area is popular with hikers, windsurfers, and wine lovers.More
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Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

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Multnomah Falls is Oregon’s tallest waterfall at 620 feet (189 meters) and one of the state’s top natural landmarks. The falls are made up of two waterfalls fed from Larch Mountain and are recognizable for their setting tucked into sheer rock faces. The cascades are made more fairytale-like by the Benson Bridge, which spans the top of the lower falls and provides great photo ops.More
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Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley

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A short jaunt southwest from downtown Portland, the Willamette Valley is known by wine lovers worldwide for its delectable pinot noirs, often produced in small batches. This picturesque region is also dotted with tasting rooms and is a popular spot for wine-tasting excursions from Portland.More
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Latourell Falls

Latourell Falls

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Of the many waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge, Latourell Falls is closest to Portland – which means it attracts plenty of visitors.Most of the waterfalls in the Gorge have at least two levels, but Latourell Falls drops straight from its highest point to the bottom in one fall. Height estimates vary, but it's somewhere between 224-249 feet tall depending on what you read. The creek that makes up the waterfall, Latourell Creek, isn't very large, so in the dry summer months the waterfall can sometimes decrease to a trickle. In the winter, however, it's quite impressive.Latourell Falls are named for a former postmaster general of nearby Rooster Rock in the late 1880s, Joseph Latourell, and are within the Guy W. Talbot State Park. The bottom of the falls is easily accessible – there's a parking lot nearby – and there's a two-mile trail to reach the top of the falls.More
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Portland Steel Bridge

Portland Steel Bridge

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Portland is a city of bridges, and each bridge has its own story. The Steel Bridge has the distinction of being the only double-decker bridge in the world with independent lifts and was opened in 1912, spanning the Willamette River connecting Northwest and Northeast Portland. It carries not only car traffic but also pedestrians, bicycles, light rail, and trains. It was originally built to replace an 1888 bridge which had the same name.Both of the decks of the bridge can rise independently of one another, although at times both must rise to allow larger boats to pass underneath the bridge. With the railroad on the lower deck, however, it's possible to lift the lower deck for smaller boats without disturbing the car traffic on the upper deck.More
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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

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Designed for science fans of all ages, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) features five separate halls, eight hands-on science labs, a real submarine, an OmniMax giant-screen theater, and a planetarium. The museum is a science playground, with 200-plus interactive exhibits covering subjects such as climate change, chemistry, the human body, and technology.More
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Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

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Stretching more than 350 miles (563 kilometers) along the Pacific Ocean, the Oregon Coast winds from the Columbia River to the California border. Multiple parks and forests grant close encounters with wildlife and ancient redwood groves, while coastal towns, beaches, and lighthouses make perfect pit stops.More
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Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood

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Just outside of Portland, Mt. Hood stands at a majestic 11,249 feet (3,429 meters), making it Oregon’s tallest mountain. The dormant volcano often has steam rising from its fumaroles, adding to the serenity of the surrounding vista. Adventure-seekers who opt to climb the mountain all the way to its summit are rewarded with 12 glaciers at the peak—plus stunning views of the Cascade mountain range, and the valleys and cities below.More
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Portland Pearl District

Portland Pearl District

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Portland’s Pearl District lives up to its evocative title. The small neighborhood in the heart of downtown is packed with local finds, from avant-garde art galleries to craft breweries to fine dining, with many establishments housed in renovated warehouse spaces. Plus, a bike- and pedestrian-friendly trail along the Willamette River accents the Pearl’s waterfront location.More
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Wahkeena Falls

Wahkeena Falls

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Situated on the Oregon side of the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Wahkeena Falls cascades 242 feet (74 meters) in tiers through lush green forest. It’s one of the most popular waterfalls in the area, not only because of its beauty, but also because getting to it requires only a very short hike.More

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Wine Tasting in the Willamette Valley

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Top activities in Oregon

Rogue Valley Rapid Run

Rogue Valley Rapid Run

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Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood River
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Downtown Portland Airplane Tour

Downtown Portland Airplane Tour

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Afternoon Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
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Oregon Coast Day Trip: Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock
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Full-Day Mt Hood Waterfall Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting
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ATV Tour-Bend Badlands | 2 hrs.

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Portland Old Town Ghost Tour

Portland Old Town Ghost Tour

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Oregon Coast Tour from Portland

Oregon Coast Tour from Portland

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Portland, Oregon City Tour!
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Portland, Oregon City Tour!

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Recent reviews from experiences in Oregon

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Fun and informative
Joseph_A, Jul. 2021
Oregon Coast Tour from Portland
If you’re staying in Portland and you’d like to see the coast without having to rent a car and figure things out on your own, I would highly recommend this tour.
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Portland waterfalls
Sahak_G, Jul. 2021
Afternoon Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Beautiful nature and waterfalls.
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Beautiful tour
Amber_S, Jul. 2021
Oregon Coast Day Trip: Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock
Great way to see the Oregon Coast.
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See the wonders of Portland
Seleya_T, Jul. 2021
Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour
Definitely worth the trip if you want to see the major waterfalls and see some beautiful scenic views across the city!
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Worth Every Penny
Danita_W, Jul. 2021
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt Hood Tour from Portland
If you want to see some of Oregon's main highlights in a streamlined amount of time, but still be able to enjoy it, then this is a great way to do it.
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Wide Open Spaces View
ajl313, Jul. 2021
Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour
We saw 3-4 different waterfalls and got a very diverse look at Oregon.
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Portland 2021
Chuck_B, Jun. 2021
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt Hood Tour from Portland
Ask for him when you want to visit Portland.
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Waterfalls
Jessica_T, Jun. 2021
Afternoon Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
The waterfalls were for fours!
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Oregon Road Trip
Joy_R, Jun. 2021
Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood River
We got to see a lot of beautiful places & Gunner had a lot of information about all of Portland as well as Oregon.
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Waterfalls and more
Paula_L, Jun. 2021
Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood River
Great vehicle, very comfortable and easy to see things.
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Fantastic!!
Kathryn_C, Jun. 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
With only a few days to visit Portland, I found this to be the perfect tour to see a couple of amazing Oregon waterfalls.
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Great tour
Darby_P, May 2021
Columbia River Gorge Tour from Portland
Very thorough tour of the waterfall areas.
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Awesome Day at the falls
William_S, May 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Very knowledgable about not only the falls, but also about Portland and Oregon in general.
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Wonderful experience!
Michael_L, Jul. 2021
Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour - Full Day
His tour skills and the overall tour to the Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Mt.
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Great experience
James_H, Jun. 2021
Oregon Coast Day Trip: Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock
Great opportunity to see several unique sites.
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Breathtaking views and personalized tour guides
Laura_N, Apr. 2021
Columbia River Gorge Tour from Portland
I’ve never actually seen one in real life so Peter took us to see an entire patch of them.
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BOOM!
Will_K, Oct. 2020
Columbia River Gorge Tour
We had never been or Oregon and wanted to see waterfalls in Portland.
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Amazing Experience
Veena_H, Aug. 2020
Northern Oregon Coast Day Trip
Hood Waterfall wine tour).
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Worth every penny!
Rachel_M, Jun. 2021
Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour
The guides were so knowledgeable and were able to tell us background/history of how the waterfalls were made.
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Waterfalls
Eva_V, Feb. 2020
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
The guide was detailed and gave a thorough explanation of each waterfall!
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