Ten Of The Best – Our Favourite Things To Do In Oregon
This is the list that combines the must-see Oregon highlights with our own personal favourites experienced on the numerous trips we’ve taken to the area in recent years. It’s a mix of natural wonders, life-affirming activities, incredible food, epic sunsets and excellent craft brews.
Take a look through, gather some inspiration, check out our Extraordinary Oregon Itinerary then give us a call. It’s time you discovered this friendly, funky gem of adventure in the Pacific Northwest…..
Kickstart Your Portland Adventure With A Caffeine Injection
You’ve arrived in the home of hipster urban cool and there’s a whole heap of exploring to be done so you’re going to need an energy kick. Get your caffeine fix from one of the many incredible artisan coffee brewlabs found around Portland. Our favourites include Coava Coffee and Stumptown Coffee
Get All Hipster in Alberta
Head to the funky Alberta neighbourhood for vintage clothes shops, vegan food, tattoo parlours, beard-shaping barbers and a whole host of hipster cool. Grab lunch at the Bye and Bye then head for a crazy ice cream at Salt & Straw. Pear and blue cheese ice cream anyone?
Fat Bike Along Cannon Beach To Haystack Rock
Just 45 minutes from Portland is the spectacular Oregon coast with miles upon miles of deserted sandy beaches. Get as far as you can along the coast on a fat bike, taking in views of the iconic Haystack Rock as you trundle merrily along the beach admiring the massive expanse of the Pacific Ocean.
Spend A Night At Timberline Mountain Lodge On The Slopes of Mount Hood
An American institution – the incredible Timberline Mountain Lodge was built on the slopes of Mount Hood in 1937 by locals during the Great Depression. Famous for its awesome views and starring role as the exterior of the Overlook Hotel in ‘The Shining’, a night at Timberline Mountain Lodge is a totally unique and unforgettable experience.
Climb Five Gallon Buckets at Smith Rock National Park
The rock climbing at Smith Rock National Park is absolutely superb with hundreds of sport climbing routes to suit a range of ages and abilities. Plus the vibe here is super friendly and you’re guaranteed to meet lots of interesting folks! With so many routes to choose from it can be hard to know where to begin but the classic pumpy 5 Gallon Buckets (5.8) will get your vertical adventure off to a great start.
Brew it Up in Bend
With the highest brewery per capita in the US, beer and Bend are inextricably linked and every trip to the area involves building up a thirst in the daytime that demands to be quenched as evening rolls around. Any one of the 28 breweries in the town will serve you up a stellar pint but if you need a few pointers then the Crux Fermentation Project, 10 Barrel Brewing Companyru and the Deschutes Brewery are guaranteed crowd-pleasers that really get the juices flowing.
Spend A Night Under The Stars in the Three Sisters Wilderness
Hire some camping kit from REI in Portland, head out into the Three Sisters Wilderness and experience serious sensory overload. Hike to the top of South Sister, wander through the pristine forests on the Soda Creek Trail Loop, swim in the awe-inspiring Green Lakes or gaze out at a spectacular sunset from the top of Broken Top Crater. No matter how you choose to spend your day, a night out in the Three Sisters Wilderness is an experience you’ll never forget.
Trail Run With The Locals
Pop along to running shop FootZone on NW Wall Street in Bend for local tips and info on the wealth of amazing trail runs in and around the area. Join one of their Weekly Runs, take part in a Training Groups or take part in a local running event. Some of the best trails to run in the area include the Deschutes River Loop, Shevlin Park and the Soda Creek Loop and we loved post-run refueling with super tasty Asian and Mexican inspired fusion food from Spork – a real local’s favourite.
Get On Your Bike
Whether you’re looking to explore the cycle-friendly city of Portland, the dusty high desert trails around Bend, the MTB paradise of Oakridge or the fat biking friendly beaches dotted along the coast, Oregon is quite simply a paradise for two-wheeled adventures. If it’s a guided multi-day MTB itinerary in the biking mecca of Central Oregon that you’re after then Cog Wild Adventures will hook you up.
Float And Fish
Take the pace of life down several notches with a 3 day fishing/camping trip on the peaceful Deschutes River. Drift along the river and fish for trout or steelhead (depending on the time of year) on a guided trip with the local experts and all-round nice folks from Fly Fishers Place. This really is a fantastic way to unwind and disconnect and is highly recommended for all levels from intrigued beginners to fly fishing aficionados.
NB The activities highlighted here are mostly spring/summer/fall related and we have an entirely separate list that includes our winter faves. From deep powder lift-served skiing at Mt Bachelor and Mt Hood to snowmobiling at Crater Lake, from cat-skiing at Mt Bailey and ski touring in the Cascade Volcanoes to winter fat biking in the Oregon backcountry – there’s so much to do in Oregon all year-round you’ll just have to come back twice a year!