We all know Oregon is full of amazing vacation spots. But what about when you’re looking for a quick getaway? Some of the best trips are planned at the last minute, and Oregon has some great destinations to satisfy your particular brand of wanderlust. Whatever the season, make sure to carve out some time to explore the best spots Oregon has to offer.
1. Coast to Cannon Beach
If you’re looking for a quick jaunt to the beach, Cannon Beach is the place to be! While you usually won’t find warm, sandy white beaches in Oregon, the Coast is still stunning. This seaside town is full of cute shops, tasty food, and easy beach access. Book a hotel or house for the night gather ‘round a bonfire out in the sand—just make sure it’s not during fire season.
2. Lounge at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood
No matter the season, a quick overnight trip to Mt. Hood is always a good time. In the summer, you’ll find stunning views and plenty of opportunities to hike or climb. During the winter, you’ll get your fill of world-class skiing and snowboarding. Or you can just relax at the historic Timberline Lodge, stay warm by the fire, and sip a cup of cocoa.
3. Play in the desert in Bend
Whatever climate you’re looking for, Oregon delivers. The state is chock-full of lush forests, green valleys, windswept beaches, towering mountains, and dry deserts. If you need a break from city living, head to the high desert in Bend. Rent a cabin, drink some of the state’s/country’s/world’s best beer, and get out for some amazing hiking.
4. Head to Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge
Craving a challenging hike, delicious food, and stunning Oregon views? Hood River is the perfect last-minute Oregon destination. Hood River is also located in the “berry belt,” meaning it’s surrounded by fruit growers. Depending on the time of year, be sure to head to a few U-pick farms to stock up on fresh Oregon fruits. Hood River is also home to some of the best windsurfing in the world.
5. Visit Ashland in Southern Oregon
If you’re looking for a quiet getaway, Ashland is the place to be. This college town is home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, as well as plenty of quaint restaurants, shops, and art galleries. Enjoy some classic entertainment written by the Bard, stroll through one of the city’s public parks, and enjoy a relaxing weekend away from it all.
Whatever weekend getaway you choose, Oregon is bound to bring the fun. Once you’ve witnessed Oregon’s beauty, you’ll probably want to move here, so consider finding a secure spot to store your stuff. Whenever you’re ready to make the move, we’re here to help.