Oregon is a remarkable state to explore. Visit it for the seashore. Visit it for the forests. Visit it for the mountains and everything in between.
Oregon hosts many remarkable parks. While the state hosts Crater Lake National Park, it also has many remarkable state parks such as Silver Falls.
Be it climbing Mount Hood, wading through Silver Falls, spelunking through the Oregon Caves, or wandering coastal beaches, Oregon has a beautiful range of hiking options. When planning a hike, keep an specially weary eye on the weather as you are planning your gear. Anyone familiar with Oregon’s weather patterns knows that the difference between sun and rain is a matter of days, not just seasons.
There is a wide range of camping options throughout Oregon. Finding a spot in a developed campground calls for planning in advance. There are opportunities for boondocking across the state.
Oregon has thrown a wrench in the works of one of our go to last minute solutions: truck stops. Whenever it’s late and we just need somewhere quick to sleep, we often fall back on truck stops. However, these locations are a lot more hectic in Oregon because the state bans self service pumps. So, the inevitable backup as people wait for service makes for chaotic, noisy, and impassable lots.
While we aren’t city fold (anymore) we still can’t help taking some time in Portland. The food, artwork, and culture make it worth the time but the busy streets and heavy traffic make it a complicated stop for anyone with more than a compact car. The few times we visited, we avoided bringing our truck downtown.