Celebrate National Oregon Day: Explore the Natural Wonders of the Beaver State

Discover the beauty and diversity of Oregon's best outdoor destinations.

Oregon, the 33rd state of the U.S., is a gem of the Pacific Northwest, offering everything from majestic volcanoes to rugged coastlines to lush forests. March 8th is National Oregon Day—a perfect time to celebrate the Beaver State's natural wonders. Whether you're seeking thrills, tranquility or just some good old-fashioned outdoor fun, Oregon's got it all.

Crater Lake National Park
Located in southern Oregon, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States. Formed more than 7,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption, it’s renowned for its intense blue color and stunning clarity. Visitors can take in the lake's beauty from various viewpoints along Rim Drive or embark on hiking trails that lead to breathtaking vistas. During the winter, the park transforms into a snowy paradise, perfect for skiing and snowshoeing.

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Stretching for 40 miles along the Oregon coast, these massive dunes are a playground for adventure seekers. You can ride dune buggies or ATVs across the sandy expanse, hike through coastal forests or simply relax on the beach and soak in the serene views of the Pacific Ocean.

Mount Hood National Forest
Just a short drive from Portland, Mount Hood—the tallest peak in Oregon—is a popular year-round hot spot. In winter, it's a haven for skiing and snowboarding. Come spring and summer, it's all about hiking and climbing. No matter the season, there's always something exciting to do on the mountain!

Painted Hills
Nestled in the arid landscape of Eastern Oregon, the Painted Hills are a geological marvel, with vibrant bands of red, orange, gold and black adorning the hillsides. Explore the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument to witness the intricate layers of ancient volcanic ash and sediment that have been exposed over millions of years.

Eagle Cap Wilderness
Tucked away in the northeastern corner of Oregon, this pristine wilderness is the ultimate destination for backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts. Hikers and horseback riders can choose from more than 500 miles of trails winding through alpine meadows, crystal-clear lakes and granite peaks.


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