The first thing you need to know about an Oregon road trip: you’re going to need more than one to see all of the amazing sights the state has to offer. The diversity of terrain—from an immaculate coastline to the dry, semi-arid climates of Eastern Oregon—is what makes this state so special. From some of the best coffee shops in the world to magnificent national scenic areas, you’ll be blown away by every site on this route. It’s time to explore Oregon.
Enjoy delicious coffee at one of the best coffee shops in the Portland area, aptly called Good Coffee. Try their popular maple orange latte, or choose from a wide array of beans.
Drive through the scenic Mt. Hood National Forest, known for its gorgeous fall foliage, to the breath-taking Mt. Hood. If you’re up for it, hike to the peak and take in the scenery. If not, enjoy the forest for all it has to offer before heading out to lunch.
Just over an hour away from Mt. Hood, stop for lunch at the Ratskeller Alpine Bar and Pizzeria. The Chalet-style restaurant offers “the best pizza on Mt. Hood.” They use fresh ingredients in their pizzas, burgers, and salads.
The Mirror Lake Trailhead near Government Camp, Oregon is a 2.1 mile round-trip to Mirror Lake with views of Mt. Hood. More challenging hikes are available in the area, but we recommend this one to start.
From Government Camp, travel west for around fifty miles to Albeke Farms. The family owned and operated farm grows an assortment of fruits, including delicious apples. Make sure to call ahead of time to ensure availability.
Oregon City has not one, but two haunted houses. The McLoughlin House and Barclay Houses are next to each other and allegedly “share ghosts.” Both houses were built over a hundred years ago and have many different ghosts that travel between them.
Unwind at Nebbiolo Restaurant and Wine Bar in Oregon City. They’re likely to have live, local musicians as well as excellent dinner entrees, tapas, artisan cocktails, and 300 bottles of wine.
After dinner, take a short trip to Forest Springs Bed and Breakfast in neighboring Gresham, Oregon. Located in the historic Heiney House, the Inn is located on 2.5 wooded acres with more than 2,000 protected trees.
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Spend the morning in bed before heading to Sweet Betty’s Bistro for breakfast. They have some of the best breakfast specials in town. You’ll find all of your favorite classic dishes, omelets, and more on the menu.
For the last stop on your trip, travel to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Hood River, Oregon. You’ll be treated to spectacular canyon views, mountains, and waterfalls.