Notable Cities: Welches, Newport
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Portland Japanese Garden (Portland)
- Powell’s City of Books (Portland)
- Multnomah Falls (Columbia River Gorge)
- Hatfield Marine Science Center (Newport)
- 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.
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)