The Best Outdoor Adventures in Oregon | 33andfree

If you’re traveling to Oregon and looking for an outdoor adventure, you’re spoiled for choice. With such a diverse state, an outdoor adventure can mean many different things. If you like mountain biking, sport climbing, SUP or just floating down the river, Oregon has it. If you like hiking, caving, skiing, or surfing, Oregon has it.

Here are some areas for the best outdoor adventures in Oregon.

painted hills

If you want to see 30 million year old painted hills, this is your place. As one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon, it offers history and outdoor fun for the whole family.


This area is home to the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor. This is where you can see some of Oregon’s most stunning coastline. Rock formations and beautiful blue water are what awaits you.


If your goal is to hike and challenge yourself then this is your place. Oregon’s most amazing hike is here. Eaglecap Wlderness has the greatest views in the area. Some of our favorite hikes are Maxwell Lake and Icelake. We saw mountain goats, had two thigh-burning days of hiking, and the most relaxing times by the lakes.

blacksmith’s rock

Known for some of the best sport climbing in the United States, it also offers great hiking and a river crossing for wildlife viewing. Monkey Face is the hardest climb and Misery Ridge is the hardest hike.

Cascades Lakes

If water sports are your thing, then the Cascades Lakes is where you should be. Mountain biking, boating, SUP, fishing, hiking and anything else you can think of. Sparks Lake is great for SUPing, Elk Lake is where you go boating and hiking around Todd Lake. For fishing you just need to find a river and some lakes still have trout.

Sand dunes

When we arrived in Oregon, we didn’t realize there were sand dunes. It took about 4 visits until we found out. Then we found multiples. Florence sand dunes are best for mountain biking, Pacific City sand dunes are best for some running funds and if you want to camp nearby then Christmas Valley is your place.


Exploring waterfalls is a popular activity in Oregon. With 283 named waterfalls, there’s something for everyone. Every acre in the state has a waterfall. From Multnomah near Portland, to Tumalo in central Oregon to Strawberry Falls in the east.

Mt. Hood / Bachelor / Hoodoo

If you love skiing, then Oregon has ski mountains. Mt. Hood has a ski lift that operates for skiing 365 days a year, Hoodoo is great for beginners, and Bachelor has the highest ski available.

Hood River

Hood River is known for two activities. Kite surfing and mountain biking. We have never kitesurfed, but we like to watch them from the pier. Mountain biking though, we definitely did. Oregon is among the best in the United States. Hood River has some of our favorite trails, then head to Bend, Oakridge, and Ashland. You will not be disappointed!

Hot Springs

Even if it is not a very active activity. Soaking in a hot spring after an active day is one of the best things and Oregon has plenty of that. From public and raw to private and maintained, there are plenty to choose from.


There is so much camping in Oregon. Boondocking (free), state parks (cheap) to private parks (cheap to expensive). You can find desert to forest or be next to a river. It’s lovely.

Let us know if you are looking for another outdoor adventure and we can provide you with potential locations.

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