Visiting the United States? There are 50 states in all.
Oregon, a state in the Pacific Northwest, is known for its lush forests and dramatic coastline. The state’s natural beauty is a big draw for tourists, but scenery isn’t the only local attraction.
Portland — Oregon’s largest city — has an offbeat culture best captured by the slogan “Keep Portland weird.” Business attire is rarely worn in the city, and a thriving arts scene combined with plentiful bike paths, bookstores and coffee shops reinforce Portland’s aura of laid-back cool.
Award-winning restaurants and annual food festivals make Oregon a top destination for gourmets. Portland has the largest number of breweries of any city in the world. And because Oregon lacks a state sales tax, shoppers can find bargains.
Crater Lake National Park, located in the Cascade Mountains in southwestern Oregon, has the deepest lake in the United States. The lake, formed 7,700 years ago when a volcano collapsed, is surrounded by Mount Mazama and towering lava cliffs.
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area spans northern Oregon and boasts numerous waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls.
Northwest Oregon is the site of Cannon Beach, with powder sand and jagged coastal rocks. The largest is Haystack Rock. The resort towns of Seaside and Astoria are nearby. In Astoria, the Lewis & Clark National Historic Park commemorates the two explorers’ 1804–1806 expedition across the western United States.
The grounds of Portland’s Washington Park encompass the International Rose Test Garden, where new rose varieties are developed, and the Portland Japanese Garden, with different sections including a pond garden, a tea garden and a sand and stone garden. Also within the park are the Oregon Zoo and the Portland Children’s Museum.
Mount Hood reaches 3,425 meters, so it’s the highest mountain in the state. It is surrounded by the Mount Hood National Forest, located 20 miles east of Portland. The forest is among the most visited sites in the United States, drawing 4 million people annually to ski, hike and camp.