Head west to Pacific City, a quaint beach town with a coastline so breathtaking it seems like a painting. Walk behind a waterfall at Silver Falls State Park, home of the arresting Trail of Ten Falls situated in the foothills of the Cascades just outside of Salem. A bit deeper into the backcountry is Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, an uber Oregon setting of thick rainforest, towering peaks and trails along a piercing blue waterway.
Head north and east along the mighty Columbia River into the Gorge, a spectacular mix of rugged topography, untouched forests and daring windsurfers. Take in the tallest waterfall in the state in Multnomah Falls en route to Hood River, Oregon’s gorgeously set gateway to Mt. Hood. For the urban-minded, Portland is just up the Willamette Valley and offers an unmatched concentration of fine food, beer, music and crafty shops.