Oregon

Cannon Beach

One of my favorite beaches on the Oregon coast, Cannon Beach is home to the famous Haystack Rock. It is known for its long, sandy shore. Standing tall in the ocean, Haystack Rock is a seasonal haven for tufted puffins. On a headland to the north, trails in Ecola State Park offer sweeping views of…

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Oregon Zoo – Portland, OR

I love the Oregon Zoo. When my three children were very young we had a membership and went all the time. It is one of the finer zoos for a mid-sized city like Portland. The Oregon Zoo, originally the Portland Zoo and later the Washington Park Zoo, is a zoo located in Washington Park, Portland,…

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Portland Japanese Garden

Portland, Oregon, is home to one of the finer and larger Japanese Gardens in the country. Recently expanded with the new Umami Cafe, which offer tea and snacks, the gardens are constantly being improved and enhanced. A great place to spend a sunny weekend day in the spring. It is located next to the International…

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Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake is a mountain lake in Clackamas County of the U.S. state of Oregon. It is located at the foot of Tom Dick and Harry Mountain in a natural catchment formed by a toe of the mountain, 11.4 kilometres southwest of Mount Hood, and 3.1 kilometres WSW of Government Camp within Mount Hood National…

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Hardy Falls – Pool of the Winds

Hardy Falls is a great, relatively easy, hike that takes you up a steep forested climb to three tiers of waterfalls. From the Hamilton Mountain Trailhead climb up to Hardy Creek. There is a side trail that leads downhill to a viewpoint of the lowest tier, known as Hardy Falls. Hard Falls takes 90 ft plunge…

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Elowah Falls

Elowah Falls, also called McCord Creek Falls, is a 213-foot waterfall on the Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah County, Oregon, United States. Elowah Falls is one of several waterfalls along McCord Creek. The Creek and the waterfall are within the limits of the John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor. At the falls, McCord Creek crashes into…

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Upper McCord Creek Falls

Although now closed, due to the massive 2017 wildfire, this is a great hike in the Gorge. Elowah and Upper McCord Creek Falls Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cascade Locks, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity…

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Painted Hills

Painted Hills, in the northwestern United States, is one of the three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, located in Wheeler County, Oregon. It totals 3,132 acres and is located 9 miles northwest of Mitchell, Oregon. The Painted Hills are listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon.

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Blue Basin

One of the most memorable experiences in nature in my lifetime, I cannot recommend visiting highly enough. Blue Basin Overlook Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kimberly, Oregon that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs…

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The Gordon House

Ever wanted the opportunity to visit a Frank Lloyd Wright designed home? Here is your big chance, and right here in Oregon! The only Frank Lloyd Wright designed structure in Oregon. The Gordon House is a non-profit historic house museum. Tours are offered by well-trained and knowledgeable volunteer docents. Come for a tour and learn…

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Smith Rock – Oregon

It is hard to find the words to describe Smith Rock. On the list of The Seven Wonders Of Oregon, it is a must-see for anyone who appreciates nature. The park has many miles of developed trails for hiking. The trails have viewpoints along the routes that overlook the Crooked River and nearby rock formations….

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