Destination Guide: Oregon

Notable Cities: Welches, Newport

Summary

If you aren’t used to the Pacific Northwest, your first reaction upon arrival might be, “Those trees are enormous!” Those mighty Douglas-firs that line the roads are something to behold, an image synonymous with Oregon. Being right off the coast and in a cool climate, the state is ripe with greenery, so you’ll want to be outdoors most of the time during your stay. Global Discovery Vacations offers resorts on the coast (Newport) and near the mountains (Welches, which is also an hour from Portland) so you have the opportunity to see many sides of Oregon.

Must-See Attractions

Reflection of Mount Hood from Trillium Lake, courtesy of member Kirk P.

Reflection of Mount Hood from Trillium Lake, courtesy of member Kirk P.

Mount Hood
It’s easy to spot Mount Hood from several points around Northern Oregon. The 11,250-foot mountain is actually a volcano with a consistent glaze of snow frosting its peak. You’ll find six places to ski around the area, along with campgrounds and hiking trails scattered about. You can also get great views of the mountain from a distance at Mirror, Lost and Trillium lakes.

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The vibrant garden behind the historic Gorge White House, part of the Hood River Fruit Loop. Photo courtesy of Corey T.

Hood River Fruit Loop
If you head north towards the Columbia River Gorge, you’ll hit a little community called the Hood River Valley. Arranged in a 35-mile loop, you can test local wineries, pick fresh berries, meet alpacas and much more. With the cool breeze from the distant mountains and the coastal fertility, this is some of the purest vegetation you’ll find in North America. The self-guided tour has 31 stops, so it can extend far past a day trip if you immerse yourself.

Member Dustin V. and friends biking by the Yaquina lighthouse.

Member Dustin V. and friends biking by the Yaquina lighthouse.

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (Newport)
This is on the more nautical side of Oregon, ditching giant trees for lighthouses. Take a tour of the Yaquina Bay Light, the lighthouse responsible for guiding ships from the Pacific home since 1873. The area is fantastic for crabbing, as well as seal and whale watching.

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Trivia

  • It’s against the law to pump your own gas in Oregon, so don’t be alarmed when someone comes up to your car window at the gas station. The only other state that has this law is New Jersey.
  • Mount Hood is the tallest peak in Oregon (11,239 feet).
  • According to popular opinion, the Columbia River Gorge is the best place in the world for windsurfing.

Suggested Resorts

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Whispering Woods Resort in Welches, Oregon.

 

Member Feedback

Member Lasha S.'s condo in Newport, Oregon, had a crabbing dock and cooking station where they learned how to catch, cook and clean them.

Member Lasha S.’s condo in Newport, Oregon, had a crabbing dock and cooking station where they learned how to catch, clean and cook them.

Member Tom Y. lives just 25 minutes from Whispering Woods Resort, so he is quite familiar on the best places to explore.

“We absolutely love the Embarcadero! The condos are first rate, everyone is so nice and over-the-top helpful. My husband and I were there two years ago and this time we took the kids along. It was wonderful. Don’t change a thing!”
Peggy E. (Embarcadero, Newport)

“View of the ocean was outstanding. It was easy to get to the ocean.”
Sharen C. (Schooner Landing Resort – Newport, Oregon)

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.