The Perfect 10-Day Road Trip Itinerary for Oregon in Summer

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When it comes to big epic US road trips, Oregon might not be the first destination that comes to mind. But the truth is that Oregon is one of the most diverse states in the U.S.

Oregon has a beautiful coastline, snow-capped mountains, desert-like landscapes, volcanoes and waterfalls, and even a wine-growing region. And in just 10 days you can experience a little bit of everything.

If you're looking for a unique summer road trip this year, here's my suggestion: go to Oregon!

Smith Rock State Park in Oregon
Smith Rock State Park

A 10-day Oregon road trip in summer

This itinerary is based on a road trip I took with my husband Elliot, plus a second trip I took to the Oregon Coast. I only recommend things I've personally done on this site!

Highlights of this road trip include:

  • Exploring Portland
  • Wine tasting in the Willamette Valley
  • Driving/hiking the Columbia River Gorge
  • Seeing Mount Hood
  • Visiting the town of Bend
  • Smith Rock State Park
  • The Painted Hills
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • The Oregon Coast
Oregon road trip itinerary printable

Day 1: Arrival in Portland

Flying in to Portland, Oregon's cool and funky largest city, is the best way to start your Oregon road trip. Depending on what time you arrive, I recommend getting acclimated to the city by taking a stroll downtown or perhaps through Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

To save yourself some money in parking fees, I recommend waiting to pick up your rental car until Day 3. You can easily get around Portland on foot, by bike, or by pretty affordable Uber rides. (And if you haven't booked your rental car yet, compare rental car prices here.)

Bridge in Portland
Along the Tom McCall Waterfront

Total drive time: None

Where to stay in Portland: On our first trip to Portland, my husband Elliot and I wanted to be in a really central location, and decided to stay at Hotel Rose – A Staypineapple Hotel, just a block up from Tom McCall Waterfront Park and within walking distance of just about everything downtown. (Read reviews on TripAdvisor | Book a room here)

Other good Portland options include Hotel Lucia (top-rated on TripAdvisor), Inn at Northrup Station (an all-suite boutique hotel), and The Benson Portland downtown.

Where to eat/drink in Portland: Some of our favorites included Blue Star Donuts + Coffee (a great alternative to Voodoo), lunch at Grassa (which makes homemade pasta dishes), and dinner at Bottle + Kitchen (right inside our hotel).

Day 2: Portland

This is your day to fully explore Portland. There are a lot of weird and wonderful things you could do today.

Spend time getting lost in the stacks at Powell's City of Books, take a relaxing stroll through the fragrant International Rose Test Garden (or maybe the Portland Japanese Garden right across the street), grab lunch at one of Portland's famous food cart pods (you'll find more of them open for lunch than for dinner), and brave the line to get a famous Voodoo Doughnut.

Portland Japanese Garden
Portland Japanese Garden
Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland
Voodoo Doughnut

RELATED: Which of Portland's Top Attractions are Actually Worth It?

Total drive time: Potentially none

Where to stay in Portland: Again, I recommend Hotel Rose – A Staypineapple Hotel, Hotel Lucia, Inn at Northrup Station, and The Benson Portland.

Where to eat/drink in Portland: You can't come to Portland, the home of the food truck phenomenon, and not get at least one or two meals at a food truck pod! You'll find them all over the city.

International Rose Test Garden in Portland
At the International Rose Test Garden

Day 3: Willamette Valley

Did you know that Oregon has an award-winning wine region? Because it totally does! The Willamette Valley is home to more than 500 wineries, most known for their Pinot Noir.

The prime wine-growing region stretches from just south of Portland through Salem and down to Eugene, and the good news is that the region makes for a pretty easy day trip from Portland (Salem is just an hour away on I-5).

After picking up your rental car this morning, I recommend spending the day in the Willamette Valley. Some of the most popular wineries include the Eyrie Vineyards, Domaine Drouhin, Elk Cove Vineyards, Chehalem Winery, Argyle Winery, Sokol Blosser, Rex Hill, and Willamette Valley Vineyards. A couple wineries offer tours, but most just have tasting rooms that you can enjoy.

Sokol Blosser Winery in Oregon
Sokol Blosser Winery

When researching our road trip, I bought a Fodor's Travel guide to Oregon, and in it saw a photo of a beautiful winery on a hill overlooking the countryside and a bright red farmhouse (see above). I decided that this was the winery I most wanted to visit – except that the photo had no caption!

An hour of Googling and visiting various winery websites later, I figured out that this was the Sokol Blosser winery, one of the oldest and most famous in the Willamette Valley!

We went for a wine tasting and some nibbles, and it was even prettier than in that guide book photo.

Sokol Blosser Winery in Oregon
Sokol Blosser wine tasting

Total drive time: 2-5 hours, depending on how many wineries you want to visit

Where to stay in the Willamette Valley: You can still use Portland as your base for Day 3 since the Willamette Valley isn't that far away. OR, if you'd prefer a change of scenery, there are several nice B&Bs in the area. Check out the La Bastide Bed and Breakfast in Dundee.

Day 4: Columbia River Gorge

*NOTE: The Gorge and some of its surrounding forest was sadly scorched in one of the large wildfires that ravaged the West in September 2017. The Eagle Creek Fire was large and dangerous, and parts of the Historic Columbia River Highway and a few area hiking trails may still be affected by closures. Most areas have re-opened, but you should still check for updates at the Forest Service site when planning your visit.

Columbia River Gorge in Oregon
Columbia River Gorge

Put on your hiking shoes and make sure your camera is charged on Day 4 of your Oregon road trip, because today you're going to explore the Columbia River Gorge. This is a river-carved canyon that stretches for more than 80 miles, with the Columbia River forming the boundary between Washington state and Oregon.

Highlights of visiting this area include driving the historic Columbia River Highway (which was the first planned scenic roadway in the United States), doing a couple short hikes, and stopping to see the area's famous vistas and waterfalls.

Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge
Multnomah Falls

Seeing Multnomah Falls (a 620-foot double waterfall) is probably the highlight for most people who visit the Columbia River Gorge, though there are plenty of other beautiful spots to stop and see, too.

(Be aware that the Highway is very popular during the summer months, and parking at viewpoints and trailheads fills up fast – be sure to start your day early, and pack plenty of patience with you!)

Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge
Multnomah Falls

Some shorter/easier hikes you might want to consider include Latourell Falls, the hike into the Oneonta Gorge* (beware that you'll likely get wet), and the Elowah Falls hike.

*The Oneonta Gorge is one area that remains closed in 2024 from wildfire damage.

Total drive time: 2-ish hours, plus lots of stops

Where to stay in the Columbia River Gorge: I recommend staying in either Hood River or The Dalles, both located towards the far end of the Columbia River Gorge from Portland. In Hood River, check out Columbia Cliff Villas Hotel or the historic Hood River Hotel. In The Dalles, consider the Celilo Inn. (I personally recommend staying in Hood River simply because it makes for a cooler drive on Day 5.)

Hiking in the Oregon forest
Hiking in the Columbia River Gorge

Day 5: Bend via Mount Hood

If you stay in Hood River on Day 4, you can take OR-35 south towards Mount Hood and perhaps detour to see Oregon's most famous volcano this morning. Mt. Hood is considered one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon and is home to the only year-round ski resort in North America (yup, on the slopes of a volcano!). You probably won't have enough time to hit the slopes, but you can still enjoy the beautiful views.

Then it's time to continue south to Bend, the outdoor recreation mecca of Oregon. Elliot's sister lives in Bend, so that was our main motivation for visiting – but I think this cool little city definitely deserves a spot on any Oregon road trip itinerary.

If the weather is clear this evening, head up to Pilot Butte – an extinct volcano in the center of town – for sunset.

Sunset at Pilot Butte in Bend
Sunset at Pilot Butte
Sunset at Pilot Butte in Bend, Oregon
Bend sunset

Total drive time: 3 hours

Where to stay in Bend: For a luxury stay, Wall Street Suites is the #1-rated Bend hotel on TripAdvisor. For something more budget-friendly (yet still highly-rated), go for the Hampton Inn & Suites Bend. If you want to be right in the middle of the action, check out The Oxford Hotel, which is right downtown.

Where to eat/drink in Bend: You'll want to check out Deschutes Brewery's pub at some point (they serve good food, too, as well as local brews). Or if it's world cuisine you like, some of Bend's best options include Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails for Northwest food with a Cajun/Creole flair and Bar Rio for Latin cuisine, plus several other breweries.

Day 6: Bend

Bend (and most of Central/Eastern Oregon) is known for its sunny days. So if you hit one, definitely spend today outdoors! Rent a bike, walk up Pilot Butte, or “float the river” through Bend like a local (this basically consists of renting a tube and literally floating down the Deschutes River from the Old Mill District to downtown Bend).

If the weather isn't ideal (it happens – it was cloudy, rainy, and cool the whole time I was in Bend in June!), downtown Bend has tons of cute shops to explore, and there's also the High Desert Museum you could visit.

The view of Bend from Pilot Butte
View of Bend from Pilot Butte

And if you want to hit the road again today? Set out on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, a 66-mile historic highway that will take you past mountains like Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top, and South Sister, and 14 different alpine lakes. Beginning in July each summer, Mount Bachelor offers scenic chairlift rides from the West Village base area to the Pine Marten Lodge at 7,775 feet.

Total drive time: 4-5 hours if you drive the entire Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway; about an hour if you just go as far as Mt. Bachelor

Where to eat/drink in Bend: If you can get to McKay Cottage early enough, they serve up the best breakfast in Bend (go on a weekday if you can!). Otherwise, Bend Mountain Coffee is a great way to start your morning. You also may want to check out Pine Tavern, which serves up classic American fare in the oldest restaurant in the city.

Day 7: Smith Rock and the Painted Hills

On Day 7, let's head out to some parts of Oregon that you might not find on other road trip itineraries. We'll start the morning off at Smith Rock State Park, about 40 minutes to the northeast of Bend. This is one of the prettiest state parks you've probably never heard of.

Smith Rock State Park
Smith Rock State Park views

Smith Rock is known in the climbing community as “the birthplace of American sport climbing,” though there are also some great hiking trails there if rock climbing isn't really your forte. Elliot and I tackled the Misery Ridge trail (it's challenging, but not as awful as its name makes it sound), which took us about two hours to complete.

If a vigorous hike doesn't sound like a great way to spend your morning, there are easier trails along the Crooked River to check out, too.

Smith Rock State Park in Oregon
Along the Misery Ridge Trail

Afterwards, backtrack a bit to grab lunch in Redmond (it's got lots of breweries to choose from!).

RELATED: Hiking a Ridge Called Misery

From Redmond, you'll keep going east into Eastern Oregon. This part of the state is woefully overlooked by most tourists (my Fodor's guide dedicates only 38 pages to the entire eastern half of Oregon!), but the drive is worth it. Your destination is the Painted Hills unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument near Mitchell, Oregon.

You know those photos of the Rainbow Mountain in Peru that you've probably seen all over the internet? Yeah, well you can see essentially the same thing in Eastern Oregon – but minus the strenuous hike, high elevation, and huge crowds!

Painted Hills in Oregon
The Painted Hills
Painted Hills in Oregon

The Painted Hills really do look like they're painted, and are usually best viewed/photographed in the late afternoon and right before sunset. There's a scenic drive to take through the park, as well as a handful of short trails to hike around the hills*.

*If you hike here, please abide by any signs that ask you to stay on the trail/not climb on the hills.

Painted Hills Overlook
Painted Hills Overlook
Painted Cove Trail
Painted Cove Trail

Afterwards, it's just about 2 hours back to Bend.

Total driving time: 4.5 hours total

Where to stay: I would recommend spending another night in Bend. But if you want to mix it up (and if you don't leave the Painted Hills too late), you might want to spend a night at Sunriver Resort, which lies in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains just 20 minutes south of Bend. (Read reviews on TripAdvisor | Book a room here)

Eastern Oregon
A typical scene in Eastern Oregon

Day 8: Crater Lake

You'll want to make Day 8 an early one so you can head to Oregon's most famous national park: Crater Lake! It's only about 1.5 hours from Bend/Sunriver to the northern entrance to Crater Lake National Park, so leaving early means you can basically spend the whole day exploring.

Coming from the north entrance station of the park, you'll skirt Crater Lake for a while on your way to the Steel Visitor Center, where you can watch a film about the lake and get park information. From there, you can either backtrack the way you came to drive the full 33-mile scenic loop drive*, or continue on from the visitor center and go counter-clockwise around Crater Lake.

The top thing to do at Crater Lake in the summer is to take a two-hour park ranger-led boat tour around the lake. You can get tickets at the historic Crater Lake Lodge (which is also worth visiting). But note that getting to the boat dock requires you to hike down (and eventually back up) the Cleetwood Cove Trail, which is 1.1 miles one-way and has an elevation change of about 700 feet. This is the only trail that leads down to the lakeshore.

If the strenuous hike isn't going to work for you, don't worry – there are plenty of lookouts and shorter hikes around the lake that you can still enjoy. Check out viewpoints like Discovery Point, Phantom Ship Overlook, and Cloudclap Overlook. And easy/moderate hikes like the Castle Crest Wildflower Trail (best in July when wildflowers are blooming) and the Watchman Peak Trail are also worth checking out.

*NOTE: The road around Crater Lake is usually only open from late June to early October each year; if the area has seen a lot of snow, the road may not even open until early/mid-July. So if you definitely want the full Crater Lake experience, you'll want to plan your Oregon summer road trip in July or August.

Total drive time: 3-4 hours of actual drive-time

Where to stay at Crater Lake: The historic Crater Lake Lodge would be a great splurge, but rooms book up months (sometimes a year) in advance. My advice would be to stay between Crater Lake and the coast tonight, maybe at the Prospect Historic Hotel in Prospect, Oregon, or the Maple Leaf Motel in Shady Cove.

Day 9: Head to the Oregon Coast

Today it's time to head to the coast, because no Oregon road trip would be complete without a day or two spent driving up Oregon's stunning coastline.

Oregon coast
Oregon coastal views

If you stay in Prospect or Shady Cove on Day 8, it won't take you long to meet up with I-5. I would take this north to Sutherlin/Union Gap and then head west to the coast.

This route will spit you out in Reedsport, near the bottom of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, which stretches all the way up to the town of Florence. Spend some time exploring the dunes, and then begin your drive north up the coast on the 101.

Some stops you might want to make this afternoon include the Sea Lion Caves in Florence, the small town of Yachats, and the Yaquina Head Lighthouse (the tallest lighthouse on the Oregon Coast) in Newport, which is where I recommend stopping tonight.

Oregon coast

Total drive time: 5 hours

Where to stay: I recommend staying tonight in Newport, a little more than halfway up the Oregon Coast. Check out the Hallmark Resort or the Inn at Nye Beach.

Where to eat in Newport: Newport is often called the “Dungeness crab capital of the world,” so you can bet they have some great seafood to try here. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, with Local Ocean Seafoods and Georgie's Beachside Grill both coming highly recommended.

Day 10: Oregon Coast

Today will be a more leisurely drive up the rest of the Oregon Coast, with plenty of time to stop at beaches and eat lots of seafood.

Oregon coast near Oceanside
Yes, this is Oregon!

You could actually spend days exploring this part of the coast, so where you stop will depend on your interests.

Places you might want to stop include:

  • Depoe Bay, which is famous for whale watching.
  • Pacific City, known for its laid-back vibe and nice beach.
  • Oceanside, where you can follow a man-made tunnel from the beach at Oceanside Beach State Park to Tunnel Beach.
  • Tillamook, where you can visit Tillamook Creamery (a great lunch stop, since they have a cafe!).
  • Cannon Beach, with its famous Haystack Rock and nearby Ecola State Park.
  • Cute coastal towns like Manzanita and Seaside.
  • Astoria, the oldest city west of the Rocky Mountains.
Cape Mears, Oregon
Cape Mears
The tunnel to Tunnel Beach in Oregon
The tunnel to Tunnel Beach
Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach in Oregon
Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach

Of these spots, Cannon Beach and Astoria are really the must-visits. Cannon Beach is the beach you see on all the postcards, and Astoria was founded in the early 1800s and named after John Jacob Astor.

Cannon Beach has a cute downtown with lots of shops and restaurants, and the area around Haystack Rock is great for tidepooling at low tide. The nearby Ecola State Park also offers up great coastal views (but there is a $5 entry fee).

Astoria is a town you might recognize from classic movies like Free Willy and The Goonies (there's even a small museum called the Oregon Film Museum), and also has a quirky downtown.

You could stay in either Astoria or Cannon Beach tonight (they are only 40 minutes apart).

Ecola State Park views in Oregon
Ecola State Park views

Total drive time: 3.5 hours

Where to stay in Cannon Beach: In Cannon Beach, check out the Ocean Lodge, the Hallmark Resort & Spa, or The Waves.

Where to stay in Astoria: For a luxury stay, it has to be the #1 hotel in Astoria: the Cannery Pier Hotel. Meanwhile, historic hotel lovers might enjoy Hotel Elliott.

Cannon Beach in Oregon

(If you have extra time to spend, I would probably dedicate it to the Oregon coast – you could do an entire Oregon Coast road trip, there's so much to see. Read more about things to do on the Oregon Coast!)

Day 11: Return to Portland and head home

From Astoria, it's only a 2-hour drive back to Portland. If your flight leaves later in the day, spend a few more hours enjoying the coast, or maybe head back to Portland for one more food cart meal.

And on the flight home, you can start dreaming of your next trip to Oregon!

Don't forget to get a printable version of this itinerary to take with you on your trip.

Oregon road trip itinerary printable

Things you might find useful for your trip:

When should you take an Oregon road trip?

This specific itinerary is designed with summer in mind (June-August, but especially July-August or early September) simply because some of the mountain destinations I suggest you visit might not be accessible outside of those months.

If you want to skip the mountains and Crater Lake, though, and just focus on Portland, the wine region, and the Oregon Coast, then you could certainly do this road trip any time of year! In fact, the Pacific Northwest in the winter is a lot of fun because the weather along the coast is generally pretty mild, but you won't run into many other tourists.

Moody Oregon Coast in winter
Moody Oregon Coast in winter

READ NEXT: Visiting the Oregon Coast in Winter: 13 Unique Things to Do

Have you ever done a road trip in Oregon? If not, are you ready to plan one now?

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  1. we want to skip Crater Lake after visiting Smith Rock and Painted Hill. What would be your recommendation from there to Oregon coast?

      I would have to consult Google maps, so I won’t pretend to have any special knowledge on the best route! It looks like you could drive straight to the coast through Eugene, or you could drive south and then over depending on which part of the coast you want to focus on.

    Great Photos!

    Just curious why you missed The Trail of Ten Falls at Silver Falls St. Park?
    Next time you visit Oregon you really should check out The Town of Silverton, OR.
    Then you can try glamping in ‘The Bali House’ at Crooked Finger Farms.

      Our route did not take us that way! But I will definitely put it on the list to check out next time.

    Wow Amanda are we super psyched that we found your blog! We based our recent trip off of your suggestions and it was AMAZING! We are from NC and had no idea Oregon was as spectacular as it is. It is a hidden gem for sure with so many different terrains and we will most certainly be back. One BIG state. We were out there for 15 days the last week of September and first week and 1/2 of October. We spent 2 nights in Portland in an AirBNB, then headed down to Dundee and the Willamette Valley where we stayed at your suggested Inn-beautiful, from there up to the Columbia River Gorge with a stay in Hood River – the hotel was booked but we stayed at a very cute AirBNB The Adventure Lodge with a direct view of Mt. Adams and walking distance to the downtown area (AMAZING Gorge & fricken cool town-awesome suggestion, one of our favs for sure). From here we were headed to Bend via Mount Hood but Cascades had a freakish snow storm so had to skip Mount Hood (bummer) and head straight to Bend where it was snowing when we arrived -Sept 30th! 3 nights in Bend at an awesome AirBNB. Bend is amazing and top 4 places for sure. Took cool day trip to Smith Rock, but had to pass on The Painted Hills (another bummer) because of the snow storm and closed roads. From Bend headed south to Crater Lake for the day which might be the most incredible and awe inspiring natural phenomenon in our country. Holy Moly! Both rims opened when we got there (we were lucky b/c they were closed the day before due to snow and ice) and it was a beautiful sunny, clear day with temps in the upper 30s – cold for us NC travelers ha! From Crater Lake we took your advice for a jumpstart on the coast and stayed in Shady Cove for the night. We added some days to our trip so we drove the entire coast beginning at the southern most point in Brookings. Our first stint was Brookings to Gold Beach where we stayed the night. Next was from Gold Beach to Florence where we stayed at Driftwood Shores, another recommendation yay! Awesome spot and awesome restaurant. Whew this was a day full of so many things, could have definitely broken this one up into 2 days. Next was Florence (via Oregon Dunes sandrail ride – amazing!) to Newport where we stayed in Nye Beach at the Nye Beach Inn – was our anniversary so a really nice treat for us. Nye Beach is beautiful and quaint!! Next stint was Newport to Pacific City. Loved Pacific City and the cool surf culture with mini haystack rock! Next day was Pacific City to Cannon Beach. Cannon Beach is more trendy and busy but really cool vibe! Final coastal stint Cannon Beach to Astoria where we went out with a bang and stayed in the Cannery Pier Hotel. Wow! Astoria cool fishing village. Final morning we drove back to Portland and caught a connection to San Fran and the red eye back to the east coast. It was the trip of a lifetime! We are so appreciative of your blog and all the great suggestions you made. We loved the travel itinerary it all flowed perfectly logistically. We loved all the places we stayed that came from your suggestions as well as some of the places we ate. We had a slew of travel info and really loved traveling the coast from South to North – most people were doing the opposite. Thank you so much for sharing your trip, it seems as if a lot of people are finding it useful! I wanted to share ours as well if people have a few extra days to throw in there – especially on the coast b/c we really struggled with how much to pack into each day and without knowing that much about it visually it was hard to figure out. Travelers always “need more time” ha! but I feel like it worked out really great minus perhaps splitting up that one part down in the southern end of the coast. We were definitely on the move, but we had a lot of great experiences along the way. Thank you thank you thank you!

      So so happy to hear that you had a great trip, and that my blog helped you plan it! Oregon really is amazing!

    Thank you so much for a details just as the way i was looking for. I am intending to do the trip in end of November 2019. This is how my itinerary look. I know it is very short, but is it doable?

    23rd Land in Portland in late evening.
    24, pickup car, Mount Hood and the drive to Bend. Stay in Bend
    25 – Start early Explore Bend and drive to crater Lake. Leave crater lake stay in New Port
    26. Explore coast, Cannon Beach and reach Portland in the night. Stay in Portland
    27. Leave Portland

      Hi Steven! I would probably consider altering this itinerary, as you won’t be able to fit this all into 5 days. Crater Lake is largely closed in the winter months, so visiting in November isn’t ideal; the northern road from Bend and the Rim Road are already closed for the year. If you only have 5 days and are visiting in November when mountain roads might be snowy, I would probably suggesting visiting Portland and the coast, and saving Bend and Crater Lake for another time!

    Just what I need! I’m road tripping the Oregon coast heading to Newport soon mostly to stay in the Sylvia Beach Hotel J. K. Rowling room!! I’ll make use of these restaurant suggestions, thanks!

    We are planning a trip to Oregon this summer with a very similar itinerary. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and hotel suggestions! Very helpful. I am so excited!

    Lived in NorCal for a number of years & a quick jaunt to OR was something like our default destination. Couldn’t agree more with your assessment of this as a great vacation trip. Go! You’ll have a great time!!

    Very good information. Lucky me I came across your website by chance (stumbleupon). I’ve bookmarked it for later!

    My husband and I are planning a trip for late September. Would this itinerary work for that time frame?

    Planning a road trip through Oregon for this summer. Glad I found your post…great start as we plan our trip.

      Happy to be able to help! There are lots of cool spots to visit in Oregon.

    Don’t forget to try an Ocean Roll when in Bend. Think cardamom mixed with a carcinoma roll, they are to-die-for! You can find them around town at a few coffee shops, such as Backporch or Sparrow Bakery.

      Oooo I did not hear about this when I was in Bend! But my sister-in-law lives there, so I’m sure I’ll be back again soon! Will put it on the list for next time.

    Amanda, we’re going to our son’s graduation from Western Oregon then planning a road trip. Am thinking Monmouth (where the college is) to crater lake to Bend to Col. Rvr Gorge to the coast. Leaving Bend in the early morning, where would you recc staying that night? Mahalo (yes, we’re from Hawaii.)

      Bend isn’t really that large of a city, so I don’t think it makes a huge difference where you stay! If you stay downtown, you’ll be within walking distance of restaurants and shops the night before.

    Great write up, Amanda. You sure got to see and experience a lot of the state! When you return next year and get out by the Painted Hills, be sure to travel on the A Road Trip Back In Time Scenic Byway, as well as dig for fossils in Fossil, OR. The Travel Oregon web site has some excellent information on Oregon’s scenic byways, and there’s also a great series of Oregon Road Trips books now available.

      Thanks for the tip! We’ll definitely check out more next time!

    This place looks so serene and the pictures are simply perfect. Thank you for adding one more place in my travel bucket list.

      I’m always adding places to my list, too – glad I could add one to yours!

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