Lighthouses & The oregon coast
The Oregon Coast provides stunning geography with some of the country's most photogenic lighthouses. Highway 101 offers travelers scenic drives, coastal views, one of a kind shops, tasty eats, and prehistoric forest camping. Camping costs an average of $25.00 to $35.00 per night and if you happen to be in the area I would highly recommend trying to reserve a site at Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park. Another great camping spot to keep in mind is Humbug Mountain State Park pictured below.
Recommended Lighthouses :
1.) Heceta Head Lighthouse
2.) Cape Arago Lighthouse
3.) Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Waterfalls & The Colombia river gorge
Just outside of Portland Highway 84 runs parallel along the Colombia River. This highway provides easy access from Portland to enjoy the many beautiful waterfalls of the area. There is a plethora of waterfalls and spectacular canyon streams to hike all within 50 minutes of driving from Portland to the trailheads. Be sure to stop by Multnomah Falls, a well known gem of the area.
Recommended Trails :
Eagle Creek to Tunnel Falls. ( 12 miles round trip; *WARNING : STEEP CLIFFS* )
Oneonta Gorge Trail (5 miles)
CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK
Over 7,000 years ago Mount Mazama erupted and collapsed into a 2,148 foot caldera. This massive crater eventually filled with water from rain and snowmelt creating Crater Lake as we know it today. This lake is the deepest in the United States and holds some of the clearest water in the world. Rising above the water on the western side of the lake is a cinder cone named Wizard Island, a unique feature of the lake. Crater Lake is indescribably still and silent, especially at sunset. Camping costs $30.00 at Mazama Campground but if these grounds are full try Lost Creek Campground also within the park. There is a camp store, showers, and laundry machines available at Mazama Campground for your convenience.
NOTE: Fill up your vehicle with fuel generously because there are not many services in and out of the lake.
RECOMMENDED TRAILs :
Garfield Peak Trail
Discovery Point Trail
Sun Notch Trail