Oregon is one of those under the radar places brimming with delightful surprises. It may not be one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US like New York and San Francisco. But it is definitely one place you would want to visit for many great reasons.
Spectacular nature scenery
Oregon is an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise. Its stunning nature scenery and breathtaking landscapes never fail to amaze and mesmerize. Beautiful beaches, snow-capped mountains, verdant forests, and majestic waterfalls not to mention the magnificent Crater Lake are just some of the scenic views that will make you want to see its many natural attractions.
Eating in Oregon can be a sublime experience. With access to the freshest, locally-grown produce as well as other ingredients, it is not surprising that it is one of the best places in the US to enjoy healthy and great tasting food. Whether you are a vegetarian or not, you will find that Oregon’s food scene is something worth exploring.
Oregon is home to great quality beers. It has an outstanding craft beer scene with microbreweries producing delicious brews that will make you want for more. Portland is easily one of the best places to hunt for great brews – the city simply does not disappoint with its wide array of microbreweries and top-rated beers.
Historic and picturesque towns
If you want to get away from the noise and hustle of big city life, you will find Oregon’s many historic and picturesque towns as the perfect places to go. Enjoy the more laidback and charming towns that boast of historic districts and scenic views.
The bicycle culture in Portland is just one of the remarkable things about Oregon when it comes to eco-friendliness. It is a great place to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle. From bicycling to growing your own food, you will find that there are many things about the place that will make switching to green living much easier.
Want to have great culinary adventures even without leaving your home? Craving for a Mediterranean pita bread dip? Planning an Asian-themed dinner for family and friends? These international cookbooks can help you take your cooking know-how to new heights.
1. Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More by Andrea Nguyen
This delightful cookbook celebrates the diverse traditional dumplings of Asia. From Japanese gyozas to Chinese dim sum and everything in between, Asian Dumplings offer more than 75 recipes – all of which you will want to prepare.
2. Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
Learn tips and tricks in preparing traditional Italian dishes. This book provides you with detailed recipes you can use for cooking either a quick and simple meal to a more elaborate dinner that you can share with guests.
3. Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors by Andrea Nguyen
Savor the delicious flavors of Vietnamese cuisine that you can enjoy cooking with the help of this delightful cookbook by Andrea Nguyen. From recipes to a little bit of history and additional information about the country’s cuisine, this book takes you on a journey into one of the world’s favorite foods.
4. Land of Plenty: A Treasury of Authentic Sichuan Cooking by Fuchsia Dunlop
Explore the flavors of China with this cookbook that features recipes for authentic Szechuan dishes.
5. Made in India: Cooked in Britain: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen by Meera Sodha
Indian cuisine is so rich and diverse which provides plenty of fascinating dishes to try and enjoy. From meat-based dishes to vegetarian treats, you will find a wide array of recipes that will make it easier for you to prepare delicious Indian meals.
If you’ve ever visited Washington’s Jefferson National Park, you would see how awesome their hiking trails are. And if you took on Jefferson National Park’s Dragon Tooth Trail, it will be as easy as pie for you to take on Oregon’s hidden gems.
You see, Oregon is not just only known for its lush forests and pristine beaches. It’s not only home to a number of picturesque views and tranquil waters. It’s not only known for its world-class shops and farm-to-table restaurants. It’s not only home to the Sea Lion Caves and the Heceta Head Light.
It’s also known for its hidden gems: hiking trails.
Here are some of them:
The John Day River Basin
Located on the Black Canyon of Sutton Mountain, this hiking trail is best known for its crystal waterfalls and rare plant breeds. It’s also known for its spring wildflowers, as well as its hedgehog cacti. Even more so, its location is about 4,649 feet above John Day. Ready yourself for a sweaty journey and picturesque views on the summit of Sutton Mountain.
Located in-between Oregon’s Whychus Creek and Deschutes River, this hiking trail is best known for its desert-like beginning and its oasis-like ending. It’s also known for its salmon fishes, as well as its steelhead fishes that live on water coming from the iconic Alder Springs. Even more so, it’s an epitome of nature at its best. Ready yourself for a cool journey and rare ponderosas.
These are only few of Oregon’s hidden gems. Other hiking trails in Oregon include those within Owyhee Canyonlands, Steens Mountain, and Hart Mountain.
Have you already experienced hiking in these trails? How did it go for you? Do you know any other hidden gems in Oregon? Do you know any other awesome hiking trails in the United States? Let us know in the comments section below!