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Oregon: An Outdoor Oasis

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Oregon: An Outdoor Oasis

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Nestled in the Northwest Pacific region, Oregon is a thriving state with a plethora of bars and restaurants to satisfy even the most discerning foodies. Beyond the borders of its cities, the state boasts incredible natural scenery that provides a beautiful backdrop for a range of outdoor activities. 

LAID BACK AND COOL
The most populated metropolis in the state, Portland, has somehow managed to defy the stress and predictability that usually defines major cities. The people of Portland are positive, edgy and very liberal, and it’s these characteristics that have turned the city into the fun and lively place it is today. To quench the thirst of this city’s lively bunch, a heap of boutique breweries have popped up offering a great range of craft beers. Pair your drink with some handmade exotic food from the Portland Saturday Market and browse the wealth of quality artisan goods on offer.

MOUNT HOOD
Rising majestically above the landscape and covered in snow 365 days of the year, Mount Hood offers the only year-round skiing in the world. There are six ski areas in total, making it ideal for snow-sport lovers of all ages and abilities. A visit to the Historic Timberline Lodge is a must. Constructed in 1938, the lodge’s classic architecture and rich history makes it the perfect place to curl up with a drink and absorb the stunning scenery.

COASTAL BLISS
Consisting of almost 600 km of wild and rugged coastline, the Oregon Coast is a giant playground of forest, beaches and rivers just begging to be explored. Thrill-seekers will love sand boarding down the towering dunes, while those who want to relax will find it impossible to resist the charm of Cannon Beach. This strong-willed beachside town has fiercely imposed strict rules against the introduction of chain stores, which has allowed the town to retain a sense of culture and authenticity. Take in more of the Oregon Coast by driving the ever-popular Three Capes Scenic Drive. This 64 km route chases the shoreline, offering sensational views of the beaches and geological formations that are dotted along the coast.

GORGE YOURSELF ON THE VIEWS
Just 23 km from Portland, the Columbia River Gorge offers spectacular views and a variety of outdoor activities, such as rafting, kayaking and hiking. Hit the road and take a drive down the Historic Columbia River Highway, but be prepared to stop often – the mountainous cliff faces and rolling forests demand to be photographed.

BREATHTAKING PANORAMAS
Encircled by a wall of cliffs, Crater Lake is a true natural wonder and unforgettable sight. The crater is filled with deep azure waters, with an island seemingly floating in the middle. Here, you can find some great hikes as well as a scenic drive around the rim of the crater. Boating is popular in the summer months, while the colder season allows for some challenging and isolated cross-country skiing.

Oregon's outdoors are calling! To find out more give us a call on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore today.

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