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The Best Part of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon
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The Best Part of Oregon

I just saw a mention that the coast was "the best part of Oregon." Of course, that's one person's opinion...an opinion shared by many others on this forum...even me, sometimes. It depends on my mood and where I happen to be at the time.

I love the coast and lead hikes there several times a year. When I'm there, I'm in heaven. However, I feel like that also in the heavenly company of a beautiful Cascade waterfall, wilderness lake, old growth forest or atop a mountain on a clear day when I can see all the peaks from Hood to Diamond.

A couple years ago, my wife and I did a loop through Pendleton, Joseph, the Wallowas, Baker City and Bend...and we found it to be a world apart...full of wonder, history and fantsstic vistas.

And then there are the urban cultural and culinary pleasures of Portland and Eugene; and the special treats of Ashland. After all, one can't live on just Mother Nature's natural beauty alone (or can we?).

In my opinion, there is no "best of Oregon." It's all great and we do visitors an injustice by urging them to go to any particular region before we determine their mood, their preferences, their personalities.

It's Oregon that is "the best." We have a magnificent state, in all its parts.

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How beautifully said, Oregonpoppa! As a family from the UK coming to the US for the very first time, Oregon was not a difficult choice for us. It's just deciding where to go in Oregon, that's the problem as we're spoilt for choice!

It seems surprising that this part of the US has been so overlooked by the UK (in recent years, anyway!). Maybe, you'd prefer it that way; mass tourism can bring unwanted change.

However, I believe it's often the people that can really *make* a place, and from what I've read it all looks good... but I'll let you know when I get there!!! ;)

Gill

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I couldn't agree more oregonpappa!! I have been fortunate to live my entire life, over a half century, on the Oregon coast. I travel frequently for work and pleasure and have yet to visit a part of this great state that doesn't inspire me. From natural treasures like the many wild and scenic rivers, the Strawberry and Wallawa Mountains, the cinder cones of central Oregon, and the Columbia River Gorge, to man made jewels like lighthouses, the Pete French Round Barn, Vista House and the Frenchglen Hotel, Oregon has it all!!

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No question that you're right, oregonpoppa, and I suspect it was my comment you're referring to. In my defense though, I don't think it an "injustice" to recommend the coast for a west coast itinerary that includes Portland as its only stop in Oregon. Yes, Portland is great, but compared to Vancouver B.C., Seattle, and San Francisco? And, if Portland is all one sees of the state, I do think they've missed the best of what Oregon has to offer.

So, how about this; the coast is the #1 tourist draw in the state(?). ;-)

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I thought the #1 tourist attraction in the state was Spirit Mountain Casino? Seriously, I remember reading something a while back that it has surpassed Multnomah Falls.

Honestly though, there are so many great things to see in Oregon. If all the tourists want to head to the coast, that is fine by me. Leaves more room everywhere else!!

Maybe the question we should ask each other (and I would be interested in everyone's answers), is if you only had a week to spend in Oregon, where would you go?

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The best part of Oregon is that most of the people who live here are kind and polite to each other and to visitors. I hope this forum can reflect that.

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Can't disagree, o'poppa!

I think the suggestions of the coast are simply because the majority of folks who visit here have seen all those gorgeous photos and want to see it in person. I'll hasten to say that indeed not *all* of the coast matches those photos, lol!

I drove over to Salem the other day, east on Hwy 20 to Hwy 99, then north. As I cleared Corvallis, the traffic thinned out, and I spent time looking around at the farms with golden fields edged by towering evergreens and thought about photos of Tuscany, Italy. You know, "our" scenery is just as delightful as theirs! And this is just a little pocket of land that tourists never see.

Spirit Mountain Casino, lol! I wouldn't be surprised at that, mahjerle. We go by there often and their parking lots are always full. And now the new buffet seats I-don't-know-how-many, but a whole lot of people. In fairness, the tribe donates very large sums of money to many community organizations.

Nothing against Portland, it's a clean and pleasant big city with many attractions. But I must agree that the visitors who see only Portland are indeed missing the "best" of Oregon . . . wherever or whatever that may be!

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When I first saw the post title I thought oh no someone is forcing people to choose what their favorite place is.

Im glad to see everyone has the same idea as me ;)

My favorite part is always the part I happen to be in at that momment(unless I'm stuck on 217).

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Oregonpoppa--You are so right. There is just infinite beauty in Oregon (and Washington too). Had to throw that in, since I've lived in WA since I was 3 yrs old--but I was born in Portland.

I haven't been to over to Joseph and Wallowa Lake in years, but it always reminded me of the Mt. St. Helens area and Spirit Lake, before she erupted.

Another interesting place is the Painted Hills near John Day.

I have said before on these forums that I consider the Oregon Coast the most beautiful coastline in the United States, and I've been to the northeast, southeast, CA, Alaska and Hawaii. Maine comes close, but Oregon is still the BEST!

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Kitters...I have to agree with your coastline comments. When I was in Maui earlier this year, I thought our coastline was much more impressive, and our beaches bigger. Even our sand seems better. However, I don't think I will be jumping in the ocean here anytime soon, lol!!

Maybe it is just because I have lived her most of my life, and the other parts of the country didn't seem to hold a candle to the PNW, but I truly believe we live in one of the nicest places on earth!!