Oregon is a diverse state, offering everything from a breathtaking coastline to soaring mountain ranges, where you can enjoy scenic hikes, desert terrain and lively cities all in one vacation. Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state. If you’re thinking about vacationing here, considering putting at least some of these most amazing places to visit on your itinerary.
Located in Forest Park between Portland and Beaverton, the Witch’s Castle sits alongside Balch Creek owned by Danford. His employee Stump is said to have fallen love with his 15 year old daughter Anna. Danford shot stump dead which he later on said that he did it under his wife’s spell. Thats where the Witches castle began, which has now turned out to be a famous tourist spot which some feel that is still haunted by the witch (Danford’s wife).
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area:
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area follows the course of the Columbia River as it cuts through the Cascade Range. The boundary line between Oregon and Washington, the gorge is known for its spectacular views and numerous waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in the state. The area offers a range of hiking and biking trails, plus camping facilities.
Wreck of the Peter Iredale:
On October 25, 1906, the Peter Iredale ran ashore on the Oregon Coast, en route to the Columbia River. The crew abandoned the four-masted steel barque sailing vessel on Clatsop Spit near Fort Stevens in Warrenton about four miles south of the Columbia River channel. Now, visitors can get up close and personal with the shipwreck at low tide. The ship’s over 100-year-old remains jut out of the sand in Fort Stevens State Park.
The tallest peak in Oregon, Mount Hood is much more than just a stunning backdrop for the city of Portland 60 miles away. It’s a travel destination that attracts visitors all year long. Five downhill ski areas and miles of cross-country trails keep the slopes of Mount Hood packed during the winter, and summer snowfall attracts visitors to Mount Hood for off-season skiing as well.
Umpqua Hot Springs:
Located in the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon, visitors come here to soak in the turquoise pools that maintain a temperature of 108-degrees year round.
For most of the year, the approach to the hot springs is a strenuous quarter-mile hike.
But if you want to visit Umpqua Hot Springs in the winter, expect the snowfall to stretch the path to two miles.