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The view from Cape Falcon toward Nehalem Bay on the North Coast
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The view from Cape Falcon toward Nehalem Bay on the North Coast
Description - Every region within Oregon contains numerous attractions for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. The northwestern quadrant of the state contains the Mt. Hood National Forest and the southern bank of the Columbia River Gorge. The Pacific Crest Trail enters the state within this forest and leads south along the Cascade Mountain Range.

Southwestern Oregon's most popular attraction is Crater Lake National Park. This site preserves a lake formed in a dormant volcano's caldera. The Rogue River is well known by outdoor and water-activity enthusiasts throughout the world.

The Willamette Valley lies in central western Oregon and attracts many visitors each year. This area includes the Cascade Mountains to the east and the coastal region to the west. The McKenzie River is a wonderful venue for a myriad of water-based activities.

Central Oregon is well known for its rocky landscape and dry climate. The area lies within the rain shadow of the Cascades, which helps to create light powder snow. Smith Rock draws photographers and rock climbers from around the western U.S. This region harbors the Deschutes River, which supports water-based activities of all types.

Eastern Oregon boasts desert canyons and gorges as well as excellent whitewater opportunities on the Snake and Owyhee Rivers. The western side of Hells Canyon National Recreation Area lies in the northeast corner of this region.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities are as vast as the natural terrain in this state. Highlights include a number of whitewater opportunities throughout the state including kayaking, rafting and angling. The western portion of the state is comprised of 400 miles of coastline, which provides unending opportunities for water sports, scenic driving and photography. Hiking and backpacking are enjoyed by most visitors to Oregon's vast National Forest system.

Climate - The climate in Oregon varies greatly by region. The coastal region and the regions west of the Cascade Range are generally temperate and wet. Temperatures in the western portion of the state rarely rise above 85 degrees F during the warmest months and rarely dip below freezing during the winter.

The Cascades receive high amounts of precipitation throughout the year. Conditions become more extreme the higher you climb. During the winter months, expect very heavy snow and cold temperatures. During the summer months be prepared for afternoon thunderstorms and chilly evening temperatures. Snow may be encountered on high country trails throughout the summer months.

Eastern Oregon is generally high desert broken by several mountain ranges. Annual precipitation accumulates to less than 10 inches except for in the mountain ranges which receive higher amounts of winter snow and summer rain. Eastern Oregon experiences much greater temperature extremes than Western Oregon. Summer temperatures often reach 90 degrees F at the lower elevations and winter temperatures commonly drop well below freezing.

Location - Oregon is located in the Pacific Northwest, between California and Washington.

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Filed By: Chris (Seattle, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Visiting the Oregon coast over the Christmas holidays... hiked to Harts cove on Cascade Head near Lincoln City. A beautiful winter hike with big trees, crashing waves, black cliffs, waterfalls, gray skies and no people. Note! Access is officially closed till July 1. For pics and more description see http://www.metatropo.com/cascadeheadhartscove.htm

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Oregon Dunes Terrific place to rent a buggy and take off! And the nights are wonderful -- most of the year you could sleep out on a dune top unnoticed or bothered, listening to the surf and sleeping among the stars.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Crater Lake Definitely walk up Garfield Peak for the view, not to mention the frisky ground squirrels. And do walk down to the lakeshore!! If the season is right, GET IN. Then slog back up to the rim. In winter be sure to take snowshoes with you and go wherever you want to! (They don't rent them up there.) The Lodge is wonderful, and even if you aren't staying there you can sit in the capacious lobby, enjoying the fire and drinks from the restaurant bar, and borrowing a game or a deck of cards for the evening. One caveat: the Clark's nutcrackers are AGGRESSIVE toward you if you have edibles in-hand. And so are the squirrels! I tried to eat breakfast on the rim one morning, and had a bird land on my head while a squirrel ran up my pants leg. Had to retreat.

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Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Whatever you do, don't pass up the turn to Cape Sebastian on the southern coastline, south of Florence. If you drive up the road at the sign, toward the mountain and the coastline, you can begin the hike in the parking lot on top. I've been there when, at one viewpoint, I stood in the teeth of a wind which was blowing a low cloud up the face of the cliff and directly over me!! When you get to what seems to be the end of the line, continue over the rocks and head for the beach to the south (where there are often windsurfers.) Look for starfish on the rocks just above the waterline.

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Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842

Travel Oregon - Official State Tourism Website
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