Oregon Vacation Rentals: An Introduction
Situated in the Pacific Northwest region of the US, Oregon features rugged and rocky coastline, exciting and busy cities, dense forests, deep canyons and even a desert in its southeastern area.
When planning your trip to Oregon, check out the Oregon vacation specials and Oregon vacation deals that we are offering for Bend vacation rentals, Detroit Lake vacation cabins, Gleneden Beach vacation homes, Lincoln City vacation rentals, Rockaway Beach vacation homes and Portland vacation rentals. By going through each of our listings, you should be able to find one that would suit your travel needs at a price you can afford.
Scenic Byways of Oregon
Oregon is known for having some of the most scenic byways and if you are looking for a great way to experience the beauty of the state, taking a trip on them is definitely one of your best options. You can go down the historic Columbia River Highway which offers walls of moss, wonderful views of Mount Hood and a multitude of waterfalls. If you want to have a great view of bald eagles and the Crater Lake, then you make it a point to pass through the Volcanic Scenic Byway. You can also try driving through the Hells Canyon Byway where you would be able to witness the majesty of the tall Wallowas and a mile-deep gorge.
Top Vacation Spots in Oregon
A town located on the Central Oregon Coast, Depoe Bay is popular for being the smallest navigable harbor as well as the whale watching capital of the world. Here, you can rent a Depoe Bay vacation home and head to the beach to swim and do some fun water sports and recreation activities. You can also take a whale research excursion which would allow you to learn more about whales and other marine life. You can also go fishing aboard boats that you can rent.
Dubbed as the City of Roses, Portland is the largest city in the state and is noted for its scenic landscapes, a lively music scene, plenty of microbreweries and eco-friendly urban planning policies. The city offers an amazing blend of both historic and modern architecture as seen in its buildings and other structures.
Make sure that as you choose a Portland vacation home rental, you would be considering which attractions you would like to visit to make traveling around easier. Some attractions that are recommended for all kinds of travelers include the Museum of Contemporary Craft, the Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Pittock Mansion, the Portland Aerial Tram, the Portland Art Museum, the Portland Underground and Portlandia.
The city also has plenty of parks and gardens where you can have a picnic, take a stroll, bike or just do a bit of sightseeing. Some of the parks in Oregon that you should try to visit include the Chinese Classical Garden, the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, the Forest Park, the Grotto Gardens, Laurelhurst Park, Mount Tabor Park, International Rose Test Gardens, Mill Ends Park and Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
For families who would be traveling with their kids, you could visit the Oregon Zoo which features Pacific Northwest animals, an African habitat area, a large Asian elephant exhibit and a primate house that both kids and adults would enjoy. There is also the Portland Children's Museum where kids can learn more about arts and culture and the World Forestry Center Discovery Museum, which is like a huge log cabin that teaches everything about the Pacific Northwest forests.
There are also plenty of activities that you can do while staying at your Portland vacation home. You can watch the PDX Soapbox Derby which is an annual event held in mid-August that showcases the speed and slick designs of numerous soapbox cars. If you visit the city in early June, you would also be able to watch the Portland Rose Festival, which is the largest event in the city. During this event, the waterfront is converted into a carnival, stores are set up and many festivities and activities are held. To end the festival, a Grand Floral Parade is held.
Mount Hood is a great vacation spot for those who are looking for some outdoor adventure. It is the Oregon's highest mountain and is considered as a major outdoor recreation area in the Pacific Northwest. Here, you can look for a Mount Hood vacation home and go out to hike, ski or snowboard. In the summer, aside from hiking, you can also go horseback riding, biking and ice-climbing. Some recommended areas where you can ride a horse or hike would be the Pacific Crest Trail, Timberline Trail, Trillium Lake and Little Crater Lake.
Located between Cascade Mountain and Maury Mountain, Bend is a popular tourist destination during the summer and winter months. Because of this, you can expect to find plenty of Bend vacation rentals in all price ranges and varieties. As you check in to your Bend vacation home, you can start your holiday by visiting several attractions in the city such as the High Desert Museum, the Historic Tower Theater, Smith Rock Park, the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Cultus Lake and Elk Lake. These attractions do not only offer sightseeing possibilities but also many other recreational activities.
Bend also has a lot in store for travelers of all ages as far as outdoor recreation is concerned. You can go: skiing or snowboarding at Mount Bachelor; whitewater rafting along the Deschutes River; mountain biking on trails like Whoops, Funner and Phil's Canyon; camping and watching the stars at the Pine Mountain Observatory; fishing on Crane Prairie and on the other Cascade Lakes; or watch concerts at the Les Schwab Ampitheater.
Before heading home, you can also shop in Downtown Bend, where you should be able to find all types of shops from those that sell outdoor gear to those which have the latest in stylish wear. Also make sure to try out some of the best restaurants in the state such as Anthony's and Red Robin.