You Need This: Oregon Weekend Getaway

Here is why the other states are jealous of Oregon: pristine beaches, misty green forests, volcanoes that you can ski on, and of the majestic Columbia River Gorge. Not to mention delicious food, wines and craft beers. Now that you might be ready for a quick getaway, consider these lovely sites to visit:

Crystal Cane Hot Springs

Hot springs have been used as a source or healing and relaxation since ancient times.

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Photo by Trevor K.

Smith Rock

Located in the high desert, this state park is ideal for rock climbers from all levels.

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Photo by Mint Ariyavutyakron.

Lithia Park Reservoir

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Photo by Patrick Glassford.

Columbia River Gorge

One of the most beautiful rivers in the world.

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Photo by Melissa G.

Astoria, Oregon

The first permanent US settlement on the Pacific coast.

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Photo by The Broad Abroad.

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Giant sea stacks and pristine sand beaches offer lots of opportunity for swimming and kites.

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Photo by Paula paul.

Kalmiopsis Wilderness

Home to 153 miles of hiking trails and the pre-ice age flower the Kalmiopsis.

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Photo by Tara Jones.

Mount Hood

This iconic snow capped peak is the highest mountain in Oregon.

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Photo by Burger Abroad.

Crown Point

A scenic lookout on the Columbia River.

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Photo by Charles Arcudi.

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Known for its layers of fossils of mammals and plants from 45 million years ago.

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Photo by Kari Dreyling.

Crater Lake

A picturesque caldera lake with two floating islands.

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Photo by Ashok Holani.