As never-to-be-forgotten drives go, this has to be one of the best. Travel south from historic Astoria, and just enjoy the view. The highway plunges through valleys and skirts cliffs for 363 miles, with spectacular results.Don't miss iconic Heceta Head Lighthouse, or the lookout at Cape Perpetua, where the cliffs stand 253-metres above the Pacific surf below.
Whether it's a beer you want, or a glass of wine, you'll never go thirsty on Oregon holidays. In Portland you'll find microbreweries producing craft beers of every imaginable variety. Wine fans should head to the Willamette Valley, where the 200 or so wineries that dot the landscape turn out award-winning pinot noirs.
Ride The River
Thrill-seekers can grab a paddle and enjoy white water rafting on several of Oregon's rivers. You can choose a trip to suit your appetite for action, and either shoot the rapids again and again, or drift more lazily downstream amid glorious scenery. The Rogue, Deschutes, Clackamas and White Salmon rivers all offer superb rafting - as do several others.
Crater Lake National Park
The water in jewel-like Crater Lake, America's deepest, is so blue you'll be dazzled. Drive the scenic road that loops around its rim and drink in the fantastic views. Or stand atop the cliffs of the volcanic caldera, and stare down into the lake's astonishing depths. Hike the mile-long trail down to the shore and you can board a boat that cruises to Wizard Island.
Colombia River Gorge
Cutting through the Cascade Mountains for 80 miles, the Columbia River Gorge is a winner on two fronts, with breathtaking scenery and fantastic action on its river. Hikers will love the miles of trails snaking past spectacular waterfalls, while there's great windsurfing, fishing, kite boarding - even cliff diving.