In Central Oregon,there is the Lava Caves, Lava Beds...south of Bend...near Prineville...there is Crooked River Gorge...near Redmond...Peterson Rock Gardens. There are lots of lakes and hiking areas on Century Drive between Bend and Lapine. I believe you can also ride the ski-lift on Mt. Bachelor during the summer.
Kathy from Oregon
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Last time I went to Oneonta Falls the log jam was higher than a three story house. We couldn't get to the falls. Has that been cleared out?
If you really want a different and rural experience google the name of the county you wish to visit and find out what the local attractions are and where the overnight county parks exist.
In Columbia County, drive up the Scappoose/Vernonia Hwy to Scapponia Park. Drive on in to Vernonia and swim in the city park. They have a pool in the local river. You have to see that to really understand. Also the old mill pond is stocked with fish. There is a 15 mile linear park for bicycles. There are two excellent restaurants in town. The town itself is worth seeing. It is pretty quaint. Drive on over to Mist. There is an elk refuge nearby. Head toward Clatskanie on hwy 47. If you are lucky you can see all four volcanoes at the same time. Head back toward Portland. Stop at Trojan PGE park for more fishing and bird watching. Drive to Downtown St. Helens and see the courthouse featured in several movies (most recently in Twilight). Check out the shops in Old Towne and then head to Scappoose Bay for kayaking. Have fun.
I wouldn't want to miss the coast section between Florence and Yachats, Oregon's little Big Sur I like to call it. Great hiking around Cape Perpetua, great agate hunting on all the little beaches, not too crowded if you go mid-week, great camping and lots of little funky motels when the weather turns snarky. Can't wait to be there myself!
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Most of the places to go and to see in Oregon are not too crowded compared to other "vacation spots". Try up the Cascades, Bend, McKenzie Pass, High Lakes area near Bend and Mt.Batchelor - so many sights to see. Old McKenzie Highway (Hwy 242) only open during summer months, but a beautiful drive on a clear day. The Willamette Valley - all the wineries, all of Oregon has it's beauty.
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My favorite place in summertime is Bandon - lots of people go there, but it's never too crowded. The town is cute and the beaches are great. Diamond Lake is great to bike around, and if you're really fit, you can bike around Crater Lake. The road from Roseburg to Diamond Lake (North Umpqua Highway, Rt. 138) has lots of camping and hiking areas. Honeyman State Park near Florence is great and there is a Darlingtonia preserve right near there (the plants that eat bugs). Oregon has so much to offer - if you go to www.oregonstateparks.org you can find TONS of info broken down by area. Have a great summer! k.
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Well, Oregon is a beautiful state. From the coast to Mt Hood and everything in between. I love to go hiking at the various falls in the Gorge. The further you go up them the less the people. There are various places that grow flowers that are breath taking and in the fall the fruit and nuts. Crater Lake and Diamond Lake, although I haven't been in years, are breathtakingly beautiful. We also enjoy taking a picnic lunch and riding our bikes along the Springwater Corridor. We also have a couple of books about hiking trails in our area if we want to see something different close to home. When was the last time you went to the zoo? It is always fun to see the animals and get a good walk in. Good luck with the fun in the sun.
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Oregon has so many great places to see and I'm really anxious to get out there & enjoy it all this summer... so I'm looking for lots of ideas!! What's your fave spots to go to (camping, trails, waterfalls, lakes, etc) and does anyone have ideas on places that aren't completely crowded in the summer-time???
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