The West Coast is a treasure trove of hidden gems, and beautiful views. Sandwiched between California and Washington, Oregon boasts impressive views, beautiful nature, and flourishing cities. From breathtaking waterfalls, hikes, and mountain views, to historically significant city architecture, Oregon is sure to impress all types of people regardless of their interests.
As you travel east of Troutdale, you’ll find yourself situated between Corbett and Dodson – more importantly, you’ll find yourself in front of one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in Oregon – Multnomah Falls. Multnomah Falls is located in Multnomah Creek in the Columbia River Gorge and boasts some of the most incredible views on the West Coast. This 635ft waterfall divides itself into two tiers, and is surrounded by plush forest. Cutting through the waterfall, where the top tier meets the bottom is the famous Benson Bridge. Viewable by car, or by hike if you prefer an up-close view, Multnomah Falls is a must see to jot down on your Oregon itinerary.
If you’re looking for peace and tranquillity, a visit to the Portland Japanese Garden will leave you with not only a calming attitude, but also astonishing views. Located in Washington Park in Portland, this 5.5 acre Japanese Garden boasts waterfalls, teahouses, and mountain views while promoting tranquil and urban oasis. The garden is separated by five features: flat, strolling pond, tea, natural, and sand and stone. Portland’s Japanese Garden is the perfect place to relax, decompress, and take a break from the bustling city around it.
For the history and nature lover alike, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is a must-see when visiting Oregon. This National Park is described as “an experience in and of its own.” The unique fossil and rock formations tell a fascinating and complicated history of the land. The National Park Services stated that, “the colourful rock formations preserve a world-class record of plant and animal evolution, changing climate and past ecosystems that span over 40 million years.” Through hikes and exhibits, you’re able to take a closer look at the prehistoric history of the area and gain a better understanding and appreciation for the nature surrounding you.
A natural phenomenon, and a must-see for those visiting or residing in Oregon is Thor’s Well. Located just north of Cook’s Chasm in North Oregon, Thor’s Well is known as the drainpipe of the Pacific Ocean. This bottomless hole appears to swallow up the ocean around it and creates the illusion of a never-ending pit off the coast. In reality, Thor’s Well is the result of a 20 foot hole in a large rock right off the coast. Though this is a natural occurrence it is breathtaking in its own right and a sight you won’t regret visiting.
Oregon is an impressive state with a plethora of natural and industrial sightseeing attractions. Whether you’d prefer to gaze at gorgeous landscapes, or take in the complexities of the city – you’re guaranteed to find something you won’t forget while exploring this West Coast treasure.