Oregon offers incredible waterfalls, lively towns and coasts without the crowds. And you don’t have to pump your own gas! Find out why a travel nursing job in Oregon just might be more of a vacation than a job.
Portland offers something for everyone and certainly deserves its nickname, the City of Roses. Make sure to visit the International Rose Test Garden, which boasts more than 8,000 roses. The Portland Japanese Garden, right next door, offers five different gardens as well. No matter the season, these gardens are a relaxing place to stroll or take photos.
After wandering through the gardens, you might need some fuel. A trip to Portland is incomplete without visiting Voodoo Donuts. This funky but delicious doughnut shop offers toppings ranging from bacon to cereal. Get creative, or just go with a classic doughnut — they’re all good.
Finally, you must stop at Powell’s City of Books before leaving Portland. Occupying an entire city block, Powell’s is America’s largest independent bookstore and offers more than one million books. Take some time to find a great book, or a few, or 10. We don’t judge. Check out the shop’s schedule as well. Powell’s hosts various book clubs and writers each month. You might be able to meet your favorite author!
Relax on the coast
As exciting as Portland is, it can get a little bit hectic. Take a break from the city by visiting Oregon’s coast. It’s much colder than California’s coasts, so don’t expect a day of sunbathing. Instead, you can enjoy the lush, green landscape, explore tide pools and witness amazing rock formations.
Cannon Beach is only 90 miles from Portland and offers the famous Haystack Rock. It also has plenty of tide pools that are fun for kids and kids at heart and lots of sea birds. Cannon Beach’s small town offers quaint art galleries and great restaurants.
Head 40 minutes north to Astoria, where the ’80s classic Goonies was filmed, to step back in time. You can visit Columbia River Maritime Museum for a tour of the floating lightship Columbia or climb the Astoria Column for views of the river and Pacific Ocean. Astoria is a small town with plenty of history and charm, so take time to explore. Be sure to enjoy dinner at a restaurant on the water.
Take a drive on the Columbia River Highway
Chances are good you’ll drive this road on your way to Portland, but don’t miss this highway. Explore the 75-mile-long road, the first planned scenic byway in the United States, for great views of the Columbia River.
Make time to see the waterfalls that feed into the river, including Multnomah Falls. The second-highest waterfall in the nation, Multnomah Falls is just a five-minute walk from the highway and worth the trek. There are plenty of great hiking spots close to the road as well when you need to stretch your legs.