My Favorite Oregon Cities

My Favorite Oregon Cities

Here are a few of my favorite Oregon activities, organized by the greatest cities in Oregon.

Portland

  • Portland Japanese Garden – A beautiful walk through garden that is accessible all year round.
  • Portland Zoo – The oldest zoo in the United States west of the Mississippi River, which is home to over 200 species of birds, reptiles, mammals amphibians and invertebrates.
  • Portland Classical Chinese Garden – An authentic Chinese style garden.
  • Portland Saturday Market – The largest outdoor arts and crafts market in continuous operation in the United States
  • Howell’s Bookstore – This huge bookstore covers an entire city block and is the largest new and used bookstore in the entire world.
  • Cruise down to Willamette River – The Willamette River winds through the heart of Portland, Oregon and goes underneath a series of beautiful bridges. You get great views of the city, and it makes for a romantic evening activity.
  • Microbrewery – Portland is well known for its microbreweries and is sometimes referred to as the microbrewery capital of the United States.
  • Museum of Science and Industry – Green power fun. Hands on demonstrations and exhibits
  • Corvallis Arts Center – Corvallis was known to be one of the first artistic communities in the United States, and has one of the oldest local arts councils in the country. The Corvallis Arts Center features a variety of sculptures in their courtyard, and holds a number of artistic events to showcase the work of local artists.
  • Willamette Park – A great park to organize a sports pickup game, or just a place to take your family out for a picnic on a beautiful Corvallis afternoon.
  • Peavey Arboretum – Run by Oregon State University as a research facility, the Peavy Arboretum is open to the public, and has a large number of trails and paths to walk on through the McDonald State Forest.
  • Downtown Shops – The downtown area is known for its great selection of shops, restaurants and river walk paths.
  • Oregon State University – OSU has a gorgeous campus, and you can walk through their campus sidewalks and trails to see beautiful buildings and structures.
  • Corvallis Aquatic Center – Ever heard of a place that showed your kids a movie while they swam? Neither have I, but the kids love it and it’s a great way for them to get exercise!
  • Schreiner’s Iris Gardens – Although this garden is only open in May, it is deserving to make the list.
  • Wineries – The Willamette Valley is known for its excellent selection of wineries, and Salem is a great starting point to do wine tasting.
  • Willamette University – This is the oldest liberal arts college that is west of the Rocky Mountains, and it still has many buildings standing dating back to the 1800s.

Corvallis

  • Corvallis Arts Center – Corvallis was known to be one of the first artistic communities in the United States, and has one of the oldest local arts councils in the country. The Corvallis Arts Center features a variety of sculptures in their courtyard, and holds a number of artistic events to showcase the work of local artists.
  • Willamette Park – A great park to organize a sports pickup game, or just a place to take your family out for a picnic on a beautiful Corvallis afternoon.
  • Peavey Arboretum – Run by Oregon State University as a research facility, the Peavy Arboretum is open to the public, and has a large number of trails and paths to walk on through the McDonald State Forest.
  • Downtown Shops – The downtown area is known for its great selection of shops, restaurants and river walk paths.
  • Oregon State University – OSU has a gorgeous campus, and you can walk through their campus sidewalks and trails to see beautiful buildings and structures.
  • Corvallis Aquatic Center – Ever heard of a place that showed your kids a movie while they swam? Neither have I, but the kids love it and it’s a great way for them to get exercise!

Salem

  • Schreiner’s Iris Gardens – Although this garden is only open in May, it is deserving to make the list.
  • Wineries – The Willamette Valley is known for its excellent selection of wineries, and Salem is a great starting point to do wine tasting.
  • Willamette University – This is the oldest liberal arts college that is west of the Rocky Mountains, and it still has many buildings standing dating back to the 1800s.