Everyone who's visited Oregon knows it's a state full of natural wonders and surprises. While there's plenty of cascading waterfalls to chase here, there's so much more to the Beaver State than meets the eye. To kick off your bucket list, we've compiled our favorite places to visit in Oregon.

From hidden emerald swimming holes to beautiful beaches and wide open pink deserts, there are so many drool-worthy spots here you probably never knew existed. 

Opal Creek

Price: $5 per vehicle each day

Location: Opal Creek Trail, Lyons, OR

Why You Should Go: You can explore an emerald green creek surrounded by 1,000-year-old trees.

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Alvord Desert

Price: $8 for the hot springs and $5 for the access road

Location: Alvord Desert, OR

Why You Should Go: You can visit one of the most isolated and unique land formations in the state for cheap.

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Umpqua Hot Springs

Price: $ 5 day-use entrance fee

Location: North Umpqua Trail, Oregon

Why You Should Go: You can soak in a private infinity pool above the forest in Oregon.

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Painted Hills

Price: Free

Location: Painted Hills, OR

Why You Should Go: You can visit amazing rainbow colored hills containing animal fossils from 30 million years ago.

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Wallowa Lake

Price: $7 entrance fee per person or vehicle

Location: Wallowa Lake, OR

Why You Should Go: This gorgeous lake is famous for being carved out by pleistocene glaciers. During the spring and summer it's often surrounded by colorful flower fields.

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Little Crater Lake

Price: $10 for 5 days or $35 per year

Location: Mt. Hood National Forest, OR

Why You Should Visit: You can take an easy half-mile trail to one of the most beautiful spots in the state. Plus, it's a great spot to swim!

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Tamolitch Blue Pool

Price: $10 per 5 days or $35 per year national forest entrance fee

Location: Tamolitch Falls, Williamette National Forest, OR

Why You Should Go: You can swim in a naturally crystal clear blue swimming pool surrounded by lush forest. Be careful though; the water is 40 F and chilly!

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Sahalie Falls

Price: $10 per 5 days or $35 per year national forest entrance fee

Location: Sahalie Falls, Williamette National Forest, OR

Why You Should Go: You can hike to a jaw-dropping 100 foot waterfall surrounded by moss. 

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If you're looking for places to visit this summer, nothing is better than these off the beaten path gems. Some of these Oregon forests will seriously make you feel like you're in Jurassic Park.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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