Welcome to my Oregon blog!
Oregon is a complete package because it simply has everything to offer: Sea and rivers, mountains and desert, city and idyll, you can always find what you are looking for here. From deep lakes and wild coasts to endless deserts and forests, Oregon is simply pure nature. – That’s exactly how I know Oregon!
Oregon is my second home. From childhood on, I traveled or lived in Oregon. In this blog, I would like to share my tips and experiences with you. Here you will find information about tours and sightseeing, but also about the culture and background of the Beaver State.
5 good reasons why you should travel to Oregon
Diversity like nowhere else!
Oregon has a land area of about 98,381 sq mi and is therefore a little bit bigger than the United Kingdom. If you are looking for deserts, forests, cities, or coasts, you will find everything at the same time in Oregon. From the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Columbia Plateau in the east, you will find picturesque landscapes. It’s all here: pristine coastlines, roaring waterfalls and rivers, white dunes, and endless deserts and forests. And if you’re looking for big-city hustle and bustle, you’ll find it in the Willamette Valley, home to Oregon’s three largest cities, Portland, Salem, and Eugene. Whether for living or traveling, Oregon offers incredible variety, so there’s something for everyone!
Ultimate insider tip!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked where Oregon actually is. Many people have never heard of it and don’t even know what secrets are hiding here! So does Oregon have nothing to offer? On the contrary! Oregon, as a transit state between Washington and California, has become an increasingly popular destination in recent years and many have long since stopped coming just to pass through. Hells Canyon, at 7,993 feet, is the deepest gorge in North America carved by a river, and Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States. Many find the landscape comparable to Northern California or Washington State, only there are significantly fewer tourists in Oregon!
Oregon is home to an incredible number and variety of breweries – from the famous Northwest IPA to award-winning sour beers and America’s first and only beer spa. Attention Munich residents: Portland has more breweries than any other city in the world, with over 60!
Since its beginnings in the 1960s, Oregon has also built an international reputation with winemaking, making it the fourth largest producer in the US. Meanwhile, the wine-growing regions of the Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon and the Columbia Gorges area have become tourist magnets for winetasting.
Besides wine and beer, you can also try crabbing in Oregon. You can also sample oysters, clams and fish all along the coast. In 2019, Rogue River Blue cheese from South Oregon won the first American title as World’s Best Cheese in Italy! You can even visit the dairy in Grants Pass.
And did you know that Oregon is the only U.S. state with a ” state nut”? 99% of the hazelnuts produced commercially in the entire U.S., also known as filberts, are grown in Oregon!
Shopping without sales tax!
Unlike most other states, Oregon has no sales tax. Therefore, you can save 5-10% on your purchases here compared to other U.S. states!
Even though cities like Portland and Eugene have a lot to offer, I love Oregon especially for its breathtaking landscapes. Besides the deepest gorge in North America and the deepest lake in the U.S., there are other natural wonders hiding in Oregon. Scattered across the state you’ll find the Columbia River Gorge, the Painted Hills, Smith Rock and the Wallowas – affectionately known as Little Switzerland. For me, nature is the most important reason to travel to Oregon. Its breathtaking diversity always surprises and fascinates me all over again!