Oregon has plenty of natural resources to offer to tourists. It’s beauty can be appreciated in its well-preserved forests and coastline. We have highlighted some unique points of interest that tourists would enjoy visiting in Oregon.
Due to it’s long and rugged Coastline, Oregon is home to the most number of lighthouses in the United States. It is also home to the snowiest park, deepest river gorge, and hundreds of museums, children’s parks and trails for the adventurous. There are too many beautiful places in Oregon, one article simply can’t do it justice.
The oldest lighthouse in the state is near Port Orford, it’s the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. This 59 foot high tower which sits 256 feet above sea level was erected in 1870. If you are planning to visit lighthouses all across Oregon, you must visit this one. Along with the fabulous view from the top, the lighthouse has an interesting history. It was the first to have a female keeper in Oregon, in 1903, at a time when women were treated like minorities.
Are you a wildlife enthusiast? How about seeing seals right in their natural habitat? These creatures love to live in huge groups and there is a settlement of these animals in the Sea Lion Caves just about 11 miles to the north of Florence. There’s an elevator ride that will take you 200 feet down to the caves. Here you can marvel at seals up close in their natural habitat.
Hiking along the coast of Oregon is excellent for whale watching and just enjoying the solitude of the long coastline of public beaches from Astoria to North Bend. There are plenty of activities you can enjoy along the coast. There are many bed and breakfast inns, pubs, restaurants and even parks nearby. It’s a given that in this state, seafood is always fresh.
One unique point of interest in Oregon is the Astoria Column. If you’re in the shape for it, you may want to go up the 125 foot high structure patterned after the Trajan Column in Rome. When you get to the top, this place has a cool view of the ocean, river, mountain and the plains. Along with this is the spiraling mural outside of this column done by an Italian artist, Atillio Pusterla. It definitely is worth a visit.