I always find it so hard to describe a trip. I guess it’s difficult because travelling for me involves most of my senses so I’ll try to describe it to you like that
SIGHT: Oregon is full of beautiful, bold hues during fall. Oranges and yellows melt together and pop against the vibrant greenery.
SMELL: Do you know what rain smells like? Rain has this delicate yet powerful smell that is seriously intoxicating. Think of moss, sage, and anything earthy.
SOUND: There is no denying that Oregon has an abundance of trees. During fall, there are streets covered in leaves and when the rain stops, all I can hear is soft crunching of leaves and twigs snapping under my boots.
TASTE: Portland is the mecca for gourmet coffee. Don’t believe me? Ask any hipster who has the best coffee, Seattle or Portland, and a majority will say nothing beats Coava’s brew in Portland. Oregon is also known for it’s kick ass donuts, breweries, and eateries. I sware all I did is eat on this trip!
TOUCH: We don’t get much rain in California, especially these past few years. I didn’t even bring an umbrella when I went to Oregon just because I love being drenched in rain. It’s cold and slick and feels amazing after spending nearly a year without rain!
WHERE TO EAT, WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO STAY
Coffee: Coava, Stumptown, and Heart Coffee Roasters.
Eat: Screen Door, Oven and Shaker, Salt & Straw, Blue Star Donuts, Voodoo Donuts, and Pine State Biscuits
Things to Do: Visit Multnomah Falls, drive up and down the coast, walk through the Lavender Fields near Mt. Hood, get lost in Tree Tunnel, explore the Out N’ About Treehouse Treesort, and soak in a natural hot spring.
Hike: Eagle Creek Trail, Mt. Hood, Crater Lake National Park, Opal Creek, Painted Hills, The Columbia River Gorge, and Ramona Falls.
Sightseeing: Japanese Garden, Powell’s Bookstore, Oregon Coast Aquarium, and Horseshoe Bend.
Unique Places to Stay: Out’n’about Treesort (you can stay in a treehouse!), Heceta Head Lighthouse, or a Fire Lookout.
There are so many other hikes, waterfalls, places to see and eat that I have left out. These are just a few of my favorite things. If you are from Oregon or have been, leave a comment on your experience!