In a previous blog post of mine I reflected on United Van Lines’ annual movers study. For the third consecutive year now, Oregon has held the No. 1 spot as “Top Moving Destination”, which spiked my interest. What makes this Pacific Northwest state so appealing? After some research I found some promising quirks. For one, Oregon offers a multitude of cities that have thriving art and entertainment scenes. Compared to other states, Oregon offers a great deal of green space which makes it an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts. With an eclectic mix of farms, mountains, forests, and beaches, Oregon has something for everyone! Thus, whether you’re simply visiting or you’re new to the beaver state, here are a list of the top attractions!
Portland is most certainly the most popular destination in Oregon, as it boasts a very friendly and laid-back reputation. Should you find yourself in Portland, be sure to visit the Japanese Garden. Occupying an impressive 5.5 acres, this traditional Japanese garden is divided in five sub-gardens. Operated by a private non-profit, the Japanese Garden Society of Oregon, offers visitors a moment of tranquility and peace as they travel across handmade bridges over waterfalls and streams.
If you’re in the southwestern area of Oregon, head over to Crater Lake National Park. A water-filled caldera of the extinct, Mount Mazama, the lake is 1,935 feet deep and known for it’s deep blue color. Surrounding the lake, at heights of up to 2,00 feet, are lava cliffs which attributes to the park’s majestic allure.
Bend, Oregon, a more centralized city, offers a variety of attractions for visitors. Should you be a fan of skiing, Mount Bachelor Ski Area is the second largest single-mountain ski resort in the U.S.. Another great attraction, for those in the nearby area who appreciate outdoor activities, would be Smith Rock. Smith Rock has been unofficially deemed, the birthplace of modern American sport climbing due to it’s impressive climbing routes.
Perhaps you’re looking for a more resort town, Cannon Beach offers a wide stretch of sand lined by coastal rocks, including landmark, Haystack Rock. Take a stroll down the beach, or flock to the tide pools at the foot of Haystack Rock during low tide. Having made National Geographic’s list of the 100 most beautiful places in the world back in 2013, Cannon Beach is an ideal getaway.
Whether you’re considering a vacation, or testing the waters for life, Oregon truly offers something for everyone. Which is why this quirky coastal state will likely make the top of the list for next year’s study as well.