After traveling around the world the last 6 months, I was ready to see my family and friends. Luckily, I’m able to call Oregon home. Not only is it a gorgeous state, but it also has some of the best beer and wine you’ll find. Whether you’re an Oregonian yourself, a recent transplant, or heading to Oregon for a visit, there’s a lot to see and do.
Since I grew up in Eugene, Oregon and spent 5 years living in the heart of Portland, I’d say I’m well-qualified to author such a bucket list. Buckle up, grab your umbrella, and get ready to explore Oregon.
Go for a hike
Oregon is famous for its natural beauty for a reason. Whether you hit the Columbia River Gorge, the Oregon Coast, or Crater Lake National Park, there are plenty of places to hike. Here’s a list of 20 Favorite Oregon Hikes to check out before lacing up your hiking shoes.
Visit a lighthouse
When you visit Oregon, getting out to the coast is a must. Be sure to take plenty of layers, as it can be chilly on the coast. Take the chance to visit one (or two!) of the many lighthouses on the Oregon coast. My favorite, Heceta Head Lighthouse, is just north of Florence and is oh so picturesque.
Read a book written by an Oregonian
The damp weather in Oregon is the perfect place to curl up on the couch with a good book. Oregon has plenty of authors to choose from. Some of the most famous authors are Ken Kesey and Chuck Palahniuk. I grew up reading many Beverly Cleary books.
Go to a sporting event
Whether you’re into football, basketball, soccer, or track and field: Oregon has many options for sporting events. Take in a professional game of basketball in Portland or watch the Timbers play soccer. Check out the University of Oregon Ducks or the Oregon State Beavers for collegiate level sporting events. You’ll soon find out there’s many options, no matter what season you’re in Oregon.
Check out a farmers market
Portland and Eugene have great farmers markets on the weekends, along with smaller communities around Oregon. Be sure to look up the farmers market in your local area. This will give you a chance to chat with the locals, see what is grown locally, and hopefully pick up a few fresh items. The PSU farmers market in Portland is a great place to start.
Drink a local beer and/or wine
It wasn’t until I left Oregon that I realized that we have some of the best beer and wine in the world. It’s true, so come to Oregon thirsty! Microbrews are all over the place, in addition to a bounty of wine. Some of my favorite breweries are Oakshire Brewing in Eugene and Upright Brewery in Portland. When it comes to wines, A to Z Wineworks in Newberg and Sokol Blosser in Dundee are my favorites. Both wineries aren’t too far from Portland.
See where movies were filmed in Oregon
The Goonies and Animal House fans unite – Oregon has filmed some pretty famous movies. Films like Wild, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Twilight were all filmed in Oregon. Do some movie scouting on the internet and you’re sure to recognize a few places from the big screen right in Oregon.
Drive (or bike) through a covered bridge
Oregon has a ton of covered bridges! I didn’t realize there were so many until I looked it up. Get out and explore Oregon via car or bike to find one of the many historic covered bridges in Oregon. Since they are generally off the beaten path, you’ll have a chance to discover new places along the way.
Soak up the raindrops
If it didn’t rain so much in Oregon, it wouldn’t be so green and beautiful. Instead of frowning at the rain drops, grab your rain jacket and embrace the wet stuff. Then when the sunshine comes out, you’ll really enjoy it like true Oregonians do.
No matter what the season is in Oregon, I find it to be a beautiful place filled with endless possibilities for indoor and outdoor adventures. I hope this list provided you with a few new ideas to enjoy the great state of Oregon.
Since I’ve been traveling the globe for the last 6 months, I’m going to complete this bucket list from start to finish, so that I have a chance to do something different in my home state. I look forward to reporting back along the way!
Written in: My hometown of Eugene, Oregon (Track Town, USA)