From beach camping along the stunning Oregon coast to the seductive quiet of the lush Northwest forests, this beautiful state has you covered. And if you’re looking to camp near the vibrant cities of Portland and Bend, you won’t have to travel far to find natural elements that feels out of this world.
Oregon is nicknamed the Sunset State – and the Oregon coast has the jaw-dropping #nofilter shots to prove it. Each beach claims its own particular charms: Cannon Beach is the popular kid in town, while reclusive Crescent Beach makes you work to find her charms with a quick hike through the woods. Gigantic sea stacks are a big visual draw at Arizona Beach, while the lesser-known Strawberry Hill offers wildlife galore and tide pools for exploring.
The diverse 804 Trail is a show-stopper, featuring rocky shoreline, tide pools, state parks and charming downtown Yachats. Duck into the popular Bread and Roses Café for coffee, pastries and their legendary hippie bread.
You don’t have to step far outside of Portland to find yourself bathed in the serene quiet of Pacific Northwest wilderness. The luminous, perpetually snowy peaks of Mt. Hood rise in the distance, and the Columbia River Gorge, home to shockingly beautiful waterfalls, is a short drive from the city. The loop hike at Latourell Falls and the scenic hike up the Wahkeena Trail to Devil’s Rest are other popular routes in the area.
Cyclists of all stripes flock to Sauvie Island for their popular 12-mile loop along the island’s south end. Nature hunters can also opt to drive the 33-mile Rim Drive loop at Crater Lake National Park for absolutely breathtaking views of the scale of the place. A sunset picnic at nearby Trillium Lake is surely one of the most photographed vistas in the state; though the Milky Way reflected over Crater Lake gives it a run for its money.
Oregon gets sun? Around these parts, yes – in fact, Central Oregon boasts more, dry sunny days than any other part of the state. Using the popular town of Bend as a jumping off point for the area, you can stretch out in any direction and find skiing, rock climbing, hiking, whitewater rafting and more, all in under an hour.
Three Sisters mountains to the west offers year-round snowy peaks for skiing; while the spectacular Deschutes River boast great whitewater rafting. Nearby at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, you’ll find hot springs, forest hiking, lava rock and gorgeous lake views. If scaling rocks is your thing, you’ll find your heart’s desire at Smith Rock State Park.
Looking to paddle with a view? It’s hard to beat the incredible vision of surrounding mountain peaks launching from Lake Billy Chinook, where the Deschutes, Crooked and Metolius rivers meet in a wide gorge lined with volcanic basalt. Nearby Bend is known for its substantial micro-brewery scene, but for a unique spin on happy hour, head to Humm Kombucha Taproom, where you can pick up a flight of kombucha with your craft beer.