Oregon

OregonWith its unforgettable cities and breathtaking coast, your family won’t ever want to leave Oregon.

Start your trip off with some time in Portland. This unique city lies among mountains, rivers and vineyards. Come see the Grotto, a world famous Catholic Sanctuary amid 62 acres of beautiful botanical gardens, where you can see over 100 different sculpted statues and reflecting pools. Here, you can also take in a gorgeous view of the Cascade Mountains. If you are a literature fan, make sure to browse the world’s largest new and used bookstore, Powell’s City of Books, which has over one million books and 3,500 different sections. If you want to know more about the history of Portland, head to the Pittock Mansion, where you can see the home of some of Portland’s earliest residents.

Your trip to Oregon wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the coast, with 363 miles of beaches and unique attractions to entertain the entire family. Check out the Astoria Tower, marking the place where the first permanent settlement west of the Rocky Mountains was established. Then head to the Umpqua Discovery Center to learn more about Oregon’s Tidewater communities. To see some of the coast’s amazing marine life, go to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, which has over 500 different species.


Another great place for the family is the Willamette Valley region. Stop by the AC Gilberts Discovery Village to see one of the best children’s museums in Oregon. You can also go to the McMinnville Evergreen Aviation Museum to see the largest aircraft ever built: the legendary “Spruce Goose.”

Oregon has a wealth of other attractions for you and your family to see, including the Hatfield Marine Science Center, where you can see how ocean research is done. There are beautiful natural attractions to see as well. Take a ride down the Hell’s Canyon Scenic Byway, or check out the Crater Lake National Park and Newberry National Volcanic Monument. You can also retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark on their way to the Pacific, or follow the paths that settlers took on the historic Oregon Trail.

Helpful links:

http://oregon.destinations2discover.com/

http://www.traveloregon.com/Explore-Oregon