Best Oregon Attraction (2017)


From wind-swept sand dunes, towering sea stacks and snowcapped Mt. Hood to the artsy neighborhoods of Portland, microbreweries of Bend and top notch wineries of the Willamette Valley, Oregon offers a little something for everyone. This indie-spirited, eco-minded Pacific Northwest gem of a state is diverse in its geography and it's culture, yielding a wealth of travel-worthy attractions.

  • Crater Lake National Park

    Crater Lake National Park

    Crater Lake National Park's main claim to fame is that it houses the deepest lake in the country (1,943 feet) - a body of water so deep and so blue that it attracts half a million visitors per year. A majority of visitors come in the summer, driving the 33-mile Rim Drive loop, snapping their photos and heading out, so visitors who hop out of the car for biking, hiking or even snowshoeing in the winter months will find trails all to themselves.
    Photo courtesy of Christian Heeb / Travel Oregon

  • Newport Lighthouses

    Newport Lighthouses

    The town of Newport has not one but two stunning historic lighthouses, the 1871 Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and the 1873 Yaquina Head Lighthouse – one of the most visited lighthouses on the West Coast.
    Photo courtesy of Christian Heeb / Travel Oregon

  • Cannon Beach

    Cannon Beach

    William Clark first visited Cannon Beach in 1806 but it’s a popular vacation destination now. Snap an Instagram in front of the iconic Haystack Rock, the world’s third largest monolith, which sits in an area designated a National Wildlife Refuge for local puffins, crabs and other wildlife. Four miles of beautiful sandy beach is available for swimming, picnicking, sunbathing and bird watching, and stunning Ecola State Park is nearby.
    Photo courtesy of sparkloft / Travel Oregon

  • Hood River

    Hood River

    Hood River, the windsurfing capital of the world, is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, culturephiles and foodies, thanks to its collection of farm-to-table restaurants, tasting rooms, breweries and historic buildings set along the Columbia River beneath the towering peaks of the Cascade range.
    Photo courtesy of Travel Oregon

  • Multnomah Falls

    Multnomah Falls

    Majestic and much-photographed, this Columbia River Gorge attraction is one of Oregon's biggest draws. Hiking trails lead up the face of the mountain, and a bridge crossing the waterfall offers an impressive vantage point. Legend has it that the falls were created to honor an Indian chieftain's daughter, who threw herself from the precipice to appease the gods and relieve the sickness that plagued her tribe.
    Photo courtesy of Travel Oregon

  • International Rose Test Garden

    International Rose Test Garden

    With over 400 species of roses, the International Rose Test Garden is a proving grounds for new rose hybrids before being released into the commercial market. Portland, often referred to as the Rose City, offers the perfect climate for rose breeding, and they grow here as well as anywhere. Built on terraces in the West Hills above downtown, the Test Gardens off dramatic views of Portland. In the summer months, the roses create a rainbow of colors and scents.
    Photo courtesy of Envy fstop / Wikimedia Commons

  • Mt. Hood

    Mt. Hood

    Whether day hiking or backpacking, the roughly 1,000 miles of trails that wind around snow-capped Mt. Hood, Oregon’s highest peak, are ripe for exploration. The Mirror Lake Trail is one of the park’s most popular, culminating at a glacial pool where few leave without a signature photograph of Mount Hood, its volcanic cone reflected in its shimmering surface.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / jose1983

  • Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

    Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

    A 66-mile drive along Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway takes visitors through Central Oregon's high country from fun-loving Bend through Deschutes National Forest and past Mount Bachelor and numerous scenic lakes.
    Photo courtesy of Sumio Koizumi / Travel Oregon

  • Powell's City of Books

    Powell's City of Books

    Housed in a five-story building that occupies an entire city block, calling Powell's a "City of Books" is hardly hyperbole. By far the largest book store in Portland, Powell's claims to be the largest independent book store in the nation. Selling both new and used books, shoppers will be able to find pretty much anything in print at a great price. With 1.6 acres of floor space, shoppers may have to use a map (free at the front desk) to navigate through the many color-coded rooms.
    Photo courtesy of Malcolm Tredinnick / Flickr

  • Silver Falls State Park

    Silver Falls State Park

    Known as the crown jewel of the Oregon State Park system, Silver Falls State Park protects 9,200 acres of Oregon's Cascade Mountains where visitors can hike behind a 177-foot waterfall while exploring 25 miles of backcountry trails. The largest state park in Oregon is also home to diverse bird life, including six species of owls.
    Photo courtesy of sparkloft / Travel Oregon

Did your favorite make the winners list? The top 10 winners in the category Best Oregon Attraction are as follows:

  1. Crater Lake National Park
  2. Newport Lighthouses - Newport
  3. Cannon Beach
  4. Hood River
  5. Multnomah Falls
  6. International Rose Test Garden - Portland
  7. Mt. Hood
  8. Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway
  9. Powell’s City of Books - Portland
  10. Silver Falls State Park - Silverton

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Margot BiggAmy Whitley (Pit Stops for Kids) and Meagan Wristen Shamy (Mommy Travelswere chosen based on their knowledge and experience of travel in Oregon.

Congratulations to all these winning attractions!

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