Suggested Itineraries for Oregon

The state of Oregon is the perfect place to go for families and folks of any age who love the outdoors. With miles of hiking and biking trails, acres of gorgeous beaches and a stunning wine valley, the only trick to planning Oregon itineraries is deciding what to do once you are there. Suggested itineraries for Oregon can include just about any kind of activity you might want to enjoy.

1-3 Days

With only a day or two to spend on your suggested itineraries Oregon, you'll probably want to focus on just one region. The city of Portland is a great place to start, and will provide a good amount of diversity so that you'll feel you've had a taste of Oregon. In the city, you can tour the Portland Rose Garden (it is best in the late spring and summer), check out the Portland Art Museum the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, or see the Oregon Zoo. You'll probably want to pick just a few. 

The MAX, Portland's light rail system, operates free through the downtown area and is only a few dollars traveling outside downtown.  Bus number 63 will take you to the Oregon Zoo and the children's museum.  Spend the first half of the day at the zoo, since lines can be long.  Take a break for lunch at the zoo café, and then walk over to the children's museum.  You will want to eat dinner back in the downtown area, as there are not many family-friendly restaurants near the zoo.

If you plan to visit the Science Museum or the Rose Garden, you may want to look into using a car, although the MAX does travel to both spots.  With your car, you can also spend the afternoon at a local winery; you will likely only have time for one or two. Drive west for about an hour and stop in at one of the great wineries on the edge of wine country for some wine tasting.

4-7 Days

With multiple days, you can spend the first few days of your suggested itineraries Oregon in Portland as described above, and then head for the coast. Spend one full day driving to the coast.  In this way, you will have time for stops at two or three wineries, and a chance to hop out of the car and stretch your legs.  Small chowder and seafood restaurants are located all along this main route, and you will want to plan for lunch on the road at one of these spots. 

Cannon Beach is a great choice for a coastal stay no matter what you have in mind. You'll know you've arrived when you see Haystack Rock in the distance. Stop at the park in Cannon Beach for photos.  This is one of the most beautiful places along the coast to take those classic shots of the ocean, during the day or at sunset.  On the coast, you can spend your time camping or staying in a Bed and Breakfast. Suggested itineraries for Oregon on the coast can also include trips to the water to explore tide pools and plenty of other fun activities.


Suggested itineraries for Oregon for travelers that have more than a week can include even more outdoor pursuits and fun activities. After enjoying the activities mentioned above, head south toward Crater Lake National Park. Oregon itineraries to this famous park can be spent camping or staying in one of the lodges near the park.  Leave at least two days for camping on the coast, and set aside an entire day for touring Crater Lake National Park.  The best way to see the park is with the help of a ranger; park rangers give tours of Crater Lake throughout the winter and summer and offer great insights into the geography and plant and wildlife in the area.

Suggested itineraries Oregon can also extend to a trip to Bend and Sunriver, where summer sun means golfing, canoeing, hiking and more. In the winter, Mt Hood and Mt Bachelor offer great chances to ski, and you'll likely want to forgo the beach in favor of the slopes.  If you stay in Sunriver, spend at least three days here.  The number of activities here can easily fill three days, if not a week.  You won't feel as rushed if you leave plenty of time to explore, and often the per-night price on Sunriver stays is actually lower for a longer stay than for just a night or two.

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