7-Day Road Trip of Oregon
Oregon has got to be one of the most underrated vacation spots within the continental US. I was blown away at the variety of opportunities for hiking mountains, swimming in the ocean, cliff jumping and, my personal favorite, natural hot springs! Variety is the spice of life and Oregon 100% should be on everyones must see travel destination. I chose to travel around the state in a modified camper-van and if you are comfortable with camping, this is the route I recommend!
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Where to stay
Hood River Hotel
Charming retreat in the heart of Hood River, offering historic ambiance, comfortable accommodations and a welcoming atmosphere amidst the scenic beauty of Oregon.
The Seaside Oceanfront Inn
A charming coastal retreat with stunning ocean views, comfortable accommodations, and a perfect location for beachside relaxation and exploration.
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Day 1: Hood River
Arrive in Portland and make your way over to Hood River. In this ~1 hour drive, make a pit stop at Multnomah Falls to view the largest waterfall in the state (bonus: it's a double decker). Spend the rest of the day wandering the streets of Hood River for dining, breweries and boutique stores. Hood River Hotel is a great option, smack in the middle of downtown and has options for both hotel and hostel rooms.
Day 2: Mount Hood and Blue Pool
I recommend getting up first thing in the morning to complete the Mount Hood loop, not too far outside of Hood River. This is a very scenic, easy walking path with views of the mountain and lake. I took this picture myself. Further south, prepare for 5 mile round trip, easy walk to the Blue pool. Jump into crystal clear water from 3-60 foot cliff options based upon your level of bravery. But be warned, this water is ~37 degrees at all times of the year; I can tell you from experience, it shocks your system in a good way. End your day in Bend, OR for dinner and a relaxing evening in the hotel. After today, you will be tired!
Day 3: Umpqua Hot Springs
This is by far my favorite part of the trip. Nothing is better than a natural hot tub, secluded on the side of a mountain overlooking a river. Warning, the path to the springs is only .3 mile but it is a strenuous, high incline hike. Relax in one of the 5 levels of hot springs, each getting slightly cooler as you make your way down to the river below. This site is unmatched in views and feels like a spa. P.S. it is very common to see a variety of levels of nudity, something to consider if that makes you uncomfortable.
Day 4: Make your way to the coast
We left Umpqua State Park and headed west to the infamous highway 101; I recommend heading towards Dune City, OR; for some adventure, rent a side-by-side and take it out on the sand! End your evening in Suislaw for dinner and beach town vibes.
Day 5: Coastal highway drive North
Beautiful scenery overlooking the mountains and the ocean. Don't forget to stop off at some of the local businesses, such as Sea Lion Cave! Make your way up to Cannon Beach.
Day 6: Cannon Beach and seaside
Spend the day exploring the famous rocks at Cannon Beach. Pictures don't do them justice! P.S. for the Gooney's fans, this is the overlook you see at the beginning of the movie. Head up to Seaside to go lay out on the beach, play arcade games and enjoy this large, walkable town.
Day 7: Astoria
A town filled with history, architecture and (of course) Goonies House, museum and car. Cross the bridge into Washington before heading back into Portland.; Outdoorsy Camper Rentals is mentioned in accommodation.
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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Oregon.