Oregon Holidays

Oregon State is a conglomerate of terrain; dense coniferous forests, deserts, volcanoes and glacier clad mountains. An Oregon holiday is best spent doing what locals do: relishing the accessibility of all that natural beauty as much as the hip and trendy cities.

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Holidays in Oregon

Oregon isn’t a destination for the tourist. They don’t fit in here. Explorers and adventurers on the other hand will readily take to the outdoor lifestyle of cities Portland, Newport and Eugene. Make your way through snowy mountain passes, hike through wildflower meadows past fanciful species like shooting star and coral root and feast your eyes on the mineral rich sheen of the USA's deepest lake - Crater Lake. Be sure to indulge in the wholesome if not frilly food and drink scene of Oregon’s urban areas. Local is the status quo, you’ll find produce from organic farms just beyond city limits and world class seafood from the Pacific. Creative here doesn’t stop with food, there’s urban street art and fast and free festivals like Portland’s Naked Bike Ride.

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City Harmony/Lifestyle

Popularity is a fleeting thing but right now Oregon’s major cities are the cool kids on the block. They have spacious parks and leafy residential areas, extensive network of cycling lanes, entrepreneurial crafters of coffees and beers, an army of vegan food carts and rambunctious festivals. The secret to their appeal though is not in the depth of things to do but in the proximity of non-urban spaces. It’s a prized possession of Oregonians and a highlight of a holiday here. Portland for example, is surrounded by Tillamook, Siuslaw and Willamette forests and overlooked by the dashing Mount Hood reflected in Mirror Lake. It’s a similar picture headed south along the coast, Salem, Eugene and Medford are all hemmed in by ocean, national parks and forest. Not fair.

The Great Outdoors

Oregon is a land of many guises. It has its very own seven natural wonders – popular outdoor holiday activities for good reason. There’s the Oregon Trail, the most used route during the western expansion of America and the Painted Hills whose chestnut red stratifications tell a story as old as the Eocene era fossils buried within them. Crater Lake in the south is another; a serene pool picketed by volcanic soils, the deepest of its kind on earth. Super productive Mount Hood also makes the wonders list, a dormant volcano, laden with farms, vineyards and orchards (the alpine drive from Hood River town has been dubbed ‘The Fruit Loop’). You can also ski here year round.

Crafting Food and Drink

Part of what makes an Oregon holiday so cool is being able to do simple stuff well. Food carts serve up plates from square meter box spaces – plates would often enough be a fine addition to the menus of fine dining establishments but let’s talk drink; funky baristas show off complicated wrist actions as they pour organic flat whites. Sustainably grown vintages like those of Willamette Valley are indifferent to their big league Californian neighbours (so they should be) and Portland has more craft breweries than any other US city. A holiday to Oregon could be designed entirely around the fat of the land.

Best Time to Travel

The weather in Oregon is mild and all four seasons are strongly defined. Generally speaking, it is much drier in the sparsely populated eastern half of the state, away from the reach of the Pacific. The best time to go is in the summer (June to August) when the city outdoor lifestyle is in full swing. The spring colour explosion in the northwest is also a popular time as is autumn – there’s more rain at these times but it’s rarely a show stopper. Winters are mild and completely manageable. Look out for cheaper accommodation in the cities but prices are obviously at their peak for winter sports. Snows normally melt within the day.

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Why Travelbag?

Here at Travelbag, we’ve been assembling tailored holiday packages for our customers since the late seventies. Low cost flights, great value accommodation and customised itineraries is the best way to discover Oregon.

Take a read at the highlights above to get you started, click on the links to browse the hotel, flight and package deals we’re currently listing and see how much you could save with Travelbag.

For further information and to discuss your holiday options further, call us on 0203 139 7074 or visit us in one of our branches to arrange and book your Oregon getaway today. Our phone lines are open from 9am until 9pm Monday to Friday, 9am until 6pm on Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sundays.

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