Close to half of Oregon is forested – which works out at 30 million acres of wilderness – perfect for the outdoor adventure traveller. Each of the seven regions or ‘wonders’ of the state offer a staggering array of adrenaline-seeking activities set against some of the most jaw-dropping scenery on the planet, and on this, our Oregon adventure itinerary, we’ll make sure you enjoy the best of it…
EXCITEMENT ON THE WATER
Oregon is home to America’s deepest river gorge (even deeper than the Grand Canyon) known affectionately as Hells Canyon. White-knuckle White-water rafting is a must through the Snake River intersection in this Eastern region of the state, so for the ultimate baptism of fire, we’ll kick-start your adventure right here. For a more serene experience of the area, we can also arrange a two day fishing trip. Operating at a (much) slower pace, you can keep a look out for the local elk, bear and mule deer known to roam these parts.Read more
From the deepest of canyons to the greatest of heights, on another of your days we will take you (either on horseback, foot or gondola) across to Wallowa to the summit of Mt Howard – 3,700 above sea level. Known as the ‘Little Switzerland of America’ this is a hiker’s paradise with over 18 peaks, many of which exceed a height of 9,000 feet. The views and wildlife watching opportunities you’ll enjoy en-route are truly something to behold. For something extra special, we can arrange a luxury picnic for you to take with you, to be enjoyed beneath endless blue skies.
If you prefer your transportation on two wheels, the Dalles area is a cyclist’s haven with over 25 dedicated routes, many inaccessible for cars, boasting panoramic views, dramatic winding paths and freshly paved tunnels for the ultimate smooth, scenic ride.
KEEP ON CLIMBING
Upping the ante, we move into central Oregon to the mighty Smith Rock State Park where millions of years of layered tuff and basalt, coupled with 300 days of sunshine a year, make it a gold-mine for climbing enthusiasts. Scale the towering boulders with your private instructor and share the views with the eagles and falcons who call this incredibly dramatic landscape home. You’ll be in safe hands, and have plenty of time to practise under the careful watch of a BT approved expert – and you’ll learn skills you can use elsewhere. Win win.
WINTER OR SUMMER?
For winter travellers, no Oregon experience is complete without a dash down the slopes. For those wanting a high-tempo snow-venture, Cosmic Tubing in the Skibowl East, Mount Hood is a giant tube park lit by 600,000 LED lights and lasers with a sound system to rival most international music festivals. By complete contrast, cross-country skiers and snow-shoe enthusiasts will find themselves in their element traversing through Crater Lake National Park, through totally unspoilt white terrain, with nothing but the crisp noise of fresh powder underfoot for a soundtrack.
For summer visits, toying with the waves for an afternoon surfing in Oswal West State Park is a must. There are as many breaks for beginners as there are for the more experienced surfers, as well as a picturesque beach for those who prefer to sit and watch the action from dry land.
Finding it difficult to decide when to go? Get in touch today and we’ll pull together your perfect itinerary and make the tough decisions that bit easier…