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Best Places to Visit in Oregon

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Oregon offers some of the West Coast's most captivating scenery. Miles-long beaches, lush mountain ranges and mesmerizing waterfalls are abundant, and lucky for travelers, many are easily accessible from nearby towns and cities. U.S. News took into account dining, another one of the state's standout attributes, as well as affordability, sights, traveler sentiment and expert opinion to come up with the Best Places to Visit in Oregon. Want to put in your two cents? Be sure to vote below to influence next year's list.     

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#1 Seaside, OR

#1 in Best Places to Visit in Oregon

Seaside is an exceptional vacation destination because it's a gateway to some of Oregon's most notable coastal attractions. From this small town of less than 7,000, visitors can reach Tillamook Head, Ecola State Park and Cannon Beach. All are within 10 miles of Seaside, presenting plenty of opportunities for hiking and beach relaxation on this stretch of coast. Seaside has its own beach too, complete with a picture-perfect promenade. 

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#2 Cannon Beach

#2 in Best Places to Visit in Oregon

Home to one of Oregon's most beautiful stretches of sand, Cannon Beach features an enchantingly long shoreline with tide pools and leafy sand dunes in addition to its most standout attribute, the 235-foot-tall Haystack Rock. Once you've gotten your fill of this breathtaking beach, hop in the car and visit the nearby Oswald West State Park.

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#3 Eugene

#3 in Best Places to Visit in Oregon

Eugene is the perfect blend of the city and the outdoors. This city, the third most populous in Oregon, is rich with culture thanks to its many historical and art institutions, including the local favorite Hult Center for the Performing Arts. Eugene also has a connection to nature, as it sits on the eastern border of the beautiful Cascade Mountain range.  

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#4 Bend

#4 in Best Places to Visit in Oregon

If you're after hearty hikes and delectable eats, Bend is the place for you. This small city has a dining scene that foodies fawn over, complete with food carts, breweries and even cider houses. Bend is also a jumping-off point for numerous natural attractions, including the Deschutes National Forest, which features the Newberry National Volcanic Monument and the Mount Bachelor Ski Area.

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#5 Portland, OR

#5 in Best Places to Visit in Oregon

Portland is considered one of the best food cities in the USA. You should be spending the bulk of your time enjoying the city's many culinary offerings, including coffee, beer, food carts and farmers markets. In between meals and snacks, visit one of Portland's many parks or cultural sights, such as the popular Forest Park or the Portland Art Museum.  Read More »

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#6 Willamette Valley

#6 in Best Places to Visit in Oregon

Willamette Valley is to Oregon is what Napa Valley is to California. This destination is home to two-thirds of Oregon's wineries and vineyards, totaling about 500 wineries for the entire region. Come here to wine and fine dine for days (the area features multiple James Beard Award-winning restaurants) and be sure to sample as much pinot noir as you can, since it's Willamette Valley's specialty.  

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#7 Hood River

#7 in Best Places to Visit in Oregon

Hood River is popular for its prime placement on the Columbia River Gorge. The 80-mile-long narrow valley is known for its stunning collection of waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls and Starvation Creek Falls. Plus, Hood River is about 35 miles from Mount Hood, where visitors will find even more trails to traverse. After a long day of adventuring, unwind with a beer or two at one of the town's microbreweries. 

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#8 Newport, OR

#8 in Best Places to Visit in Oregon

Of all the cute coastal towns Oregon has to offer, families will probably appreciate Newport the most. The town, located on Oregon's central coast, offers kid-friendly attractions including the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Hatfield Marine Science Center and an outpost of Ripley's Believe it or Not! Newport also features numerous outdoor attractions that'll entertain adults as well, including the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and the picturesque Ocean to Bay Trail. 

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