Unique vacation ideas for your next visit to Oregon


Oregon has a lot of great skiing, snowboarding and other well-known winter activities to pass your time. But how about doing something unique on your next Oregon vacation with one of these a-typical winter activities.

  1. Dog sled at Mt. Bachelor

Available year round, but definitely the most authentic and exciting in winter, a sled dog tour will make for a great family memory! You can even help feed and care for the dogs prior to your ride on the Oregon Trail of Dreams.

  1. Terwilliger Hot Springs

These hot springs are just a short hike through the woods into another world. Relax in the naturally warmed water under a canopy of evergreens, and maybe even snow. You can decide if you want to be naughty or nice- clothing is optional.

  1. Storm watching at Heceta Head

Leave the snow behind and head for the Oregon coast to catch another winter spectacular. Winter storms batter the rugged Oregon coast each year, making for epic waves, and log-moving tides. The Heceta Head Lighthouse is also open to visitor’s 7-days a week.

  1. Portland Christmas Ships

If you are visiting Portland this December, make sure to head to the shores of the Columbia and Willamette rivers to watch 60 boats with their halls decked on parade. The boats will go out no matter how bad the weather is, and it’s a new spin on looking at Holiday lights.

  1. Snowmobile at Mt. Hood

Give your tired muscles a break on your ski/snowboarding trip by spending a day on a snowmobile. Snowmobile tours provide the opportunity to see wide stretches of back country in all their snowy grandeur that would otherwise be off limits.

Is there something you like to do during the Oregon winters that you think others would enjoy? Share it with us! And happy exploring.

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