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Welcome to the Bigroads.com guide to the top 25 attractions in Oregon!

The list below represents our opinionated selections for the top 25 attractions in the state of Oregon. Please take note that this list is sorted alphabetically (and not by quality or rank).

This list is part of our top 25 USA attractions series.

Author/Contributor: Greg Parsons

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Cannon Beach Beach Cannon Beach one of the Oregon Coast's most popular attractions
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area Nature Park / Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Yachats "one of the jewels of the Oregon coast"; scenic views
Columbia River Gorge Natural Scenic Area Nature Park / Waterfalls / Hiking Trails Multiple towns world-famous for dozens of spectacular waterfalls
Columbia River Maritime Museum Maritime Museum / Military Museum Astoria one of the top maritime museums on the West Coast
Crater Lake National Park Alpine Lake / Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Crater Lake NP deepest lake in the U.S.A.; gorgeous in all seasons
Deschutes Brewery Breweries / Brewery Tours Bend beloved brewery serves some of the region's best beer
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area Nature Park / Geologic Attraction Otter Rock rocky coastline w/tidepools & a thunderous pothole
Ecola State Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views / Sea Stacks Cannon Beach dramatic views of the Oregon coastline
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Aviation Museum / Space Museum McMinnville more than 200 historic aircraft & exhibits on display
Forest Park Urban / City Park Portland great urban park with 80 miles of trails
High Desert Museum Natural History Museum / Living History Museum Bend excellent museum with live animal demonstrations
International Rose Test Garden Garden Portland the "centerpiece of Portland's famous rose blooms"
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Geologic Attractions / Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Kimberly beautiful and colorful desert & mountain scenery
Mount Hood National Forest Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Multiple towns wilderness of forested mountains, lakes and streams
National Historic Oregon Trail Interp. Center History Museum / Oregon Trail Attraction Baker City one of the finest Oregon Trail attractions
Newberry National Volcanic Monument Lava Tube / Volcanic Attraction / Hiking Trails Bend volcanic landscapes; hike in a lava tube
Oregon Caves National Monument Cave / Cave Tours Cave Junction the best cave tours in Oregon
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Sand Dunes / ATV/OHV Driving / Hiking Trails Reedsport hike or use a dune-buggy on extensive sand dunes
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Theater Ashland world-renowned repertory theatre
Portland Japanese Garden Garden / Japanese Garden Portland "the most authentic Japanese garden in the USA"
Powell's City of Books Shopping Portland "an empire of new, used and rare books"
Shore Acres State Park Scenic Views / Garden Coos Bay rugged coastline views and variety of plant-life
Silver Falls State Park Waterfalls / Hiking Trails Sublimity one of the best waterfall-blessed day-hikes in the US
Smith Rock State Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views / Rock Climbing Terrebonne world-famous rock climbing area; scenic views
Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum Aviation Museum / Auto Museum Hood River lots of "still-driving" historic aircraft & autos

Latourell Falls, Columbia River Gorge
Latourell Falls, Columbia River Gorge


Here are a list of other great attractions in the state of Oregon that we considered for the top 25 list above. Please email us @ gparsons66@hotmail.com if you think there are any other attractions of this quality that we should be considering, either for this runners-up list or for the top 25 attractions list itself.

Astoria Column Monument / Observation Deck / Scenic Views Astoria
Bandon Beach Beach Bandon
Cape Lookout State Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views / Wildlife Viewing Tillamook
Eagle Creek Trail Hiking Trails / Waterfalls Cascade Locks
Great Cats World Park Zoo Cave Junction
Grotto, The Religious Attraction / Botanical Garden Portland
Haystack Rock Geologic Attraction / Sea Stacks Cannon Beach
Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast Lodging-Unique Florence
Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint Lighthouse Florence
Lan Su Chinese Garden Botanical Garden Portland
Latourell Falls Waterfall Corbett
Lithia Park Urban/City Park / Hiking Trails / Ice Skating / Garden Ashland
Mount Hood State Highpoint / Hiking Trails / Mountaineering Government Camp
Multnomah Falls Waterfall / Hiking Trails Bridal Veil
Nehalem Bay State Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Nehalem
Oneonta Falls (Lower Falls) / Oneonta Gorge Waterfalls Corbett
Oregon Coast Aquarium Aquarium Newport
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry  Science Museum Portland
Oswald West State Park Hiking Trails / Beach / Scenic Views Arch Cape
Samuel H. Boardman State Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views / Sea Stacks Brookings
Sea Lion Caves Sea Cave / Wildlife Viewing (Sea Lions) Florence
Tillamook Cheese Factory Factory Tour / Cheese Shop / Ice Cream Shop / Farm Tillamook
Tumalo Falls Waterfall Bend
Vista House at Crown Point / Vista House Scenic Views Corbett
Yaquina Head Lighthouse Lighthouse / Wildlife Viewing Newport
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Nature Park / Scenic Views Newport
Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn Lodging McMinnville


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