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Vacationing in Oregon

By Jennifer Weiss

When the call of the outdoors becomes overwhelming and you simply cannot fight the urge to explore a vast wonderland of recreation, make your way to Oregon for a vacation filled with fresh air and endless opportunities for excitement. Whether you prefer the coastal regions and the water activities that abound or the inland region and the stunning mountains that tower above, a trip to Oregon can accommodate all of your outdoor needs with its stunning and plentiful natural beauty.

The coastal region of Oregon is one of the most beautiful areas for a vacation due to the breathtaking blue waters and amazing rocky hills that frame the terrain. Imagine driving through a lush, dense forest and suddenly emerging on a dramatic cliff that points down to the waves below, and you have an idea of what a coastal vacation is all about. One of the best places to visit along the coast is Lincoln City, which claims seven miles of sandy beaches and is the perfect place for the active outdoor traveler.

Lincoln City is known for its constant winds along the shore that make it the ideal place for a run across the sand with a kite or a windsurfing adventure over the waves. While these are great ways to enjoy the surreal environment, other popular activities for visitors include boating, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, and knee boarding in the refreshing waters of the Pacific Ocean. Nearby Devilís Lake State Recreation Area is better suited for more mellow activities, including kayaking, canoeing, or fishing for freshwater fish such as perch, bluegill, and large mouth bass.

While Central Oregon lacks the drama of the coastline, it is the perfect place to escape from stress and commune with nature. One of the best cities to seek out is Sunriver, which lies along the Cascade Mountains and the Deschutes River and allows for any kind of relaxing outdoor activity possible. The fresh mountain air is an invigorating alarm clock for any homebody and will push visitors outward on a hiking or exploration adventure. The river runs for five miles along the city, so visitors have ample opportunity to bike along its shores or cast in a fly fishing line while adoring the unfettered beauty of Oregon.

When you simply cannot get enough of the outdoors and want to spend every minute of your vacation engulfed by some of the most breathtaking, underrated surroundings in the country, make your way to the Mount Hood region of Oregon. The snow-covered peak of Mount Hood stands above everything, providing a stunning picture of the best the great outdoors has to offer. Throw in the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States, Multnomah Falls, and you have a veritable wonderland of outdoor amazement.

If you are interested in the local history of this gorgeous area, hope aboard the Mount Hood Railroad for a four hour journey through the amazing scenery combined with information about key points of interest. Another great activity is booking a whitewater rafting adventure with one of the numerous companies that takes tourists down the Deschutes and other nearby rivers for a memorable excursion. Whether you are looking for a half-day of excitement, a five day expedition, or something in between, there is bound to be a trip that can meet your needs.

No matter which part of Oregon stands out to you as being the most scenic and adventurous, there are accommodations in that area that can make your trip more exciting than you ever imagined. Oregon vacation rentals are situated throughout the state and make it easy to enjoy the great outdoors with their breathtaking views from balconies, patios, and just about every window. Begin your search for the perfect home away from home today and get back to nature in every way possible with a vacation rental that is surrounded by the wondrous beauty of Oregon.

HomeAway.com has the most comprehensive selection of vacation rental homes on the Internet. For an alternative lodging option, consider Oregon vacation rentals for your next trip to the Pacific Northwest.

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