Oregon Top 10 Attractions

6: Visit Yachats

Visit Yachats
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The small coastal city in Lincoln County, Oregon is a delightful place to visit, as it has so much to offer. Once named one of the top ten coolest small towns in America, this is a place where you will find plenty to do as well as beautiful surroundings and scenery to take in. You can look forward to attractions and activities to suit all ages when you come to this destination. The Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is a must for those who love natural beauty while the Wave Gallery and the Earthworks Gallery are excellent choices for art lovers. There are many wonderful places to relax and soak up the natural beauty of this place including Devil’s Churn, Yachats State Park and Smelt Sands State Park.

Address: Yachats, OR
Website: www.yachats.org

7: Visit Astoria

Visit Astoria
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/ktkochan

Located in Clatsop County, Oregon, Astoria is a naturally beautiful destination that sits at the mouth of the Columbia River. When you visit this town you will find plenty to keep you busy, which means that you can enjoy a combination of natural beauty and relaxation along with fun, adventure and excitement. When you come to Astoria you should definitely pay a visit to the fascinating Columbia River Maritime Museum and the historical Fort Clatsop National Memorial. You can explore history at the Flavel House Museum or enjoy spending time with the kids at the Lightship Columbia. There are some great open areas to relax in here too, such as Fort Stevens State Park or the Lewis and Clark National and State Historic Parks.

Address: Astoria, OR

8: Oregon Coast Aquarium

Oregon Coast Aquarium
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Kirt Edblom

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is located in Newport and the busy tourist town brings a huge amount of visitors to the aquarium. The 23-acre facility is one of the best aquariums in North American with four main exhibits spread out over the facility. The Aquarium is open all through the year and it hosts special tours and encounters, visitor trips, field trips, and even private events on the premises. The private tours are particularly impressive as visitors are guided by an aquarium employee in up-close and personal interactions with octopi, seals, and sea lions. However, events and tours do change regularly and visitors are advised to check the website and book in advance.

Address: 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd, Newport, OR 97365

9: Wallowa Lake

Wallowa Lake
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/seadam

Wallowa Lake was created by Pleistocene glaciers and this accounts for it being dammed by moraines. The moraines begin below the surface of the water and extend upward for 900 feet creating natural damming walls on all sides of the lake. This also accounts for the lake water being startlingly clear and blue. Apart from being a geological example, the lake is a great place for a holiday as it is surrounded by resorts and holiday homes. During season, visitors can enjoy fishing and water sports on the lake and hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, sightseeing, camping, and biking in the rugged backcountry. Due to the forests surrounding the lake, the backcountry tends to change dramatically in the winter. Visitors can use the four-person tram to travel to the top of Mount Howard and enjoy alpine meadows, and forests of Douglas fir, Ponderosa pine, Aspens and Cottonwoods.

Address: 72214 Marina Ln, Joseph, OR 97846

10: Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Ryan Stavely

Almost every visitor to Portland is urged to visit the impressive Portland Japanese Garden. This was the very first garden of its kind in the US and it is famous for its unique Japanese layout spread out over 5.5 acres. The garden has five major sections that are highly popular with tourists and locals. The flowering of cherry trees in particular is one of the most beautiful days in the Garden with locals and visitors flocking to the Garden to enjoy the fragile flowers and the heavenly fragrance wafting through the gardens.

Address: 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205

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