By Cheri Sicard
I briefly traveled in Oregon on last year’s long long RV trip and I can’t wait to get back to this region to explore more this year. That’s why I was thrilled to find this 5 Bucket List Oregon RV Trips video to help me plan.
There is so much to explore, I am not sure how the team at Camp/Travel/Explore managed to narrow this list down to just five, but they did.
So what Oregon RV trips made the list?
Let’s explore. And even if you can’t visit, the video provides some exceptional Oregon eye candy.
Crater Lake National Park: This is the team’s #1 favorite even on this short “bucket list” of Oregon adventures. A crystal blue clear lake, surrounded by pine forests awaits. It is swimmable, although the water is a brisk 55 degrees F. Be sure to hike the Watchman Peak trail all the way to the highest point in the park where you can see the entire lake.
Florence, OR: This is a quaint little town with old-world charm. There is a nice little shopping area and plenty of restaurants in this picturesque coastal town. But Florence’s biggest claim to fame is the dunes, so be sure to get out onto the sand, either on foot or in a dune buggy, to explore.
Heceta Lighthouse and the Oregon Coast: The beach leading to the lighthouse offers an amazing scenic seaside hiking trail. But the views from the point where the lighthouse sits is one of the things that make the wild Oregon coast so legendary. Be sure to watch the video as they give a number of other stops of interest on the Oregon coast. Get your cameras ready!
Multnomah Falls: Consistently voted the #1 thing to see in Oregon with good reason, this one is not to be missed.
Crown Point: The drive up Larch Mountain to the Point is spectacular in and of itself, but this will culminate in one of the best views of Mt. Hood that exists. You can actually see five different mountaintops from Crown Point. There are also some great waterfalls on this trip you can hit along the way.
Cheri, from what I know about you…I think you would like the Steens Mts. and there are a few wild natural hot springs near by. Frenchglen is also a quaint little town. All this is in the Oregon Outback country…Southeastern Or. lots of lonely, lovely countryside. Very few people go there. Oh I forgot Alvord Desert is a must see.
I did not make this video, but yes that does sound like something I would like. I am hitting the road in a couple of weeks and do plan to be up in the Pacific NW. I will have to check it out. Thank you for the suggestions.
If you are going to Multnomah Falls, Crown Point, and Larch Mountain – take time to go to Silver Falls State Park (lots of waterfalls and good walking/hiking trails) and go up to the hotel at the base of Mount Hood for the fine architecture and views. Also know that there are a few other nice trails and waterfalls close to Multnomah Falls (walk up to the bridge and further) so make it a few hours trip (parking is tight and sometimes has to be reserved). There are museums everywhere in the state so check some of them out. Hundreds of parks with easy walking, many with streams or rivers. I’m partial to Salem, the Capitol, having lived there for 10 years now. You are bound to enjoy wherever you travel in Oregon.
If you visit the Crater Lake area be sure to prepare for mosquitos. Diamond Lake nearby is loaded with them.