In continuing with sharing my favorite photos, this week I am featuring Oregon, which, in my humble opinion is one of the most beautiful states in the country. The coastline itself is stunning and has many interesting and captivating rock formations and lovely beaches. In the southwestern part of the state there is a twelve mile stretch of highway named after Samuel Boardman, the first superintendent of state parks. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.
Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859 and was the birthplace of Chef James Beard; Beverly Cleary, the author of children’s books; and actors Sally Struthers and River Phoenix. It is the home of Nike and Columbia Sportswear, both a perfect fit for the numerous outdoorsy people who reside there.
There are five national parks and monuments in Oregon, the most famous is probably Crater Lake National Park, which is the deepest lake in the US.
We hiked to a fire watch station in the park and were rewarded with this dreamy blue hazy view of Mt. Shasta.
Smith Rock State Park is popular with rock climbers.
In Central Oregon you will find winter sports, rock climbing, hiking, and many other activities.
Oregon offers the ocean, mountains, a high desert and almost any outdoor activity you can imagine, including dog sledding at Sunriver. There are great restaurants, wineries, museums, and of course, fans of Portlandia will appreciate the “Keep Portland Weird” banner.
I hope this inspires you to visit Oregon once it is safe to travel again; it truly is a magical place to visit, and I am sure you will not be disappointed.
Check out my previous blog posts about Oregon:
Stay safe and healthy,