Don’t Let the Sun Set on Summer!
Our Oregon Summer is Sneaking Away and the quieter days of fall are fast approaching. Exploring Oregon at the end of summer feels like you have the whole state to yourself. September and October are great times to visit our great state if you prefer a slower pace. Take a quiet hike, chase a waterfall, discover Oregon.
You’ve been waiting for this quieter Oregon for some time. Here are some of the best outdoor activities in Oregon where you can linger and explore… and you’re unlikely to find crowds! If you want to revel in the great outdoors and have a great time, here are the top five picks from locals in-the-know.
1. Go Chase Waterfalls
One of the best outdoor activities, particularly on a hot day, is to hike to a waterfall and feel the cool mist on your face. You’ll get a workout, soak in some Vitamin-D, and marvel at the beauty of nature. Not sure which waterfall or where to begin? View a digital map to some of Oregon’s most stunning waterfalls here.
2. Cycle Along an Oregon Bike Trail
Did you know Oregon has the ONLY Scenic Bikeway program in the United States? There are 17 scenic bikeways in Oregon! Get ready to ride across desert highways, pedal past geological wonders, and marvel at the sea.
Oregon loves bicyclists. That’s why it’s the first state in the nation to create a Bike Friendly Business program geared toward travelers. And many of the inns with the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild participate. It serves as a recognition and training program aimed to:
- Help tourism-related businesses understand the importance of Oregon’s growing bicycle tourism industry
- Provide tips and tools for how businesses can be Bike Friendly
- Highlight businesses who commit to enhancing the Oregon biking experience for visitors and Oregonians
For a detailed list with information and useful links on all the Oregon bikeways, click here.
3. Nibble Your Way Across Oregon State
Visit farms, wineries, fruit stands, and more along the many Oregon food trails. Savor our various Indigenous foods. If you’d rather head to one destination with several food options, consider these Portland food cart pods or these food carts and food trucks dotting the state. While you’re at it, check out our many wineries and vineyards!
4. Reenact Scenes from Oregon Movies
Did you know that many movies have been filmed in Oregon over the years? It’s true! We also have the Oregon Film Trail, a film museum, and lots of movie locations you can scout first-hand. Some have plaques to commemorate movie scenes and others are more on the down-low. Learn more about Oregon movie locations you may visit here!
5. Put Your Feet in Ruts Left by Pioneer Wagons
Visit various outdoor historical sites and brush up on your Pioneer history in a really fun and engaging way.
Looking for more ideas on unique things to do in Oregon?Click here to print an Oregon Bucket List and check the items off as you go!
Our Oregon Trail of Waterfalls map leads you on an Oregon road trip to remember. We look forward to seeing you soon. View a digital version of the map
Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.
Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.
After mask guidelines are lifted:
● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.
● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.
We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.