Oregon is a state designed for adventure. Windswept beaches, verdant forests and snow-capped peaks give way to sweeping landscapes, towering rock formations and dramatic river valleys, its stunning range of geological formations and natural beauty is enough to excite even the well-travelled adrenaline junkie.
The entire state boasts invigorating experiences in epic settings. From cascading waterfalls, roaring rivers and serene lakes to jagged crags, snow-tipped peaks and wild forests, there is a wondrous amount of thrill seeking to discover in Oregon, and it’s now incredibly accessible thanks to Delta, who’re now flying a non-stop route from London Heathrow to Portland.
To keep it simple, we’ve picked our top three ways get your heart pumping in the Beaver State.
Desert dune bugging
Whether hurtling down mountain Mount Ashland’s bike trails at break neck speeds or motor biking its coastal roads, speed junkies are spoilt for choice in Oregon. But if you’re more of a petrol-head looking for something unique, Florence is the home to the Great Oregon Dunes. The largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America, here you’ll have 500-feet sands to conquer as you blaze full throttle across the terrain in your dune buggy.
Windsurfing and waterfall chasing
Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge boast some of the finest hiking, skiing, waterfall chasing and adventuring in the USA, all sitting under the prestigious label of ‘America’s largest National Scenic Area’. Columbia River Gorge in particular is noted as the windsurfing and kite-boarding capital, set against the gorgeous backdrop of wildflower fields and basalt cliffs. If you have the courage to test your luck at speed-surfing, slalom or Big Air, then this is your playground.
Dominated by the ‘high desert’ region, Central Oregon offers the same fill of skiing, fishing, hiking and mountain biking that you can enjoy across the state, but scaling the rocky totems in Smith Rock State Park is its shining light for thrill-seekers. The first US 5.14 rated climb, it’s considered the cradle of ‘sport climbing’ and with 360 breath-taking panoramas, traversing its cliff faces will have never felt more rewarding.