Have you seen paradise lately?
The answer is no unless you’ve recently been to Oregon. The Beaver State has it all — mountains, ocean, waterfalls, lots of beavers — you get the idea.
Oregon has been touted as one of the most beautiful states in the Union, and it’s no surprise. The incredibly diverse landscape stretches across miles of clear rivers, snow-capped peaks and white sandy beaches.
There’s so much going on it can be difficult to fit it all into one vacation, but you sure can try. One of the most relaxing ways to visit the state is on a cruise ship. From the deck of a stately boat, you’ll be able to see it all while kicking back and enjoying cocktails, music and good vibes.
But how do you do it right? Ensuring you get the most out of your vacation is vital to the success of the trip. That’s why we’ve put together a little guide to help you get started.
Stunning Sights on an Oregon Cruise You Won’t Want to Miss
Oh, man. Do you have a few days to spare hearing about Oregon’s awesome attractions? No?
We’ll try to sum it up in a few paragraphs, then.
The Oregon Coast
The Oregon coastline spans hundreds of miles, many of which are public beaches featuring white sand and crashing surf. Pacific coast cruises are plentiful, offering many different options on which specific area you’d like to visit.
For a homey experience make sure the town of Astoria is on your port-of-call list. Here you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the oldest city west of the Rocky Mountains and discover the breathtaking Mt. St. Helens.
Oregon’s cities are some of the cleanest and most welcoming in America. Many Pacific coastal cruises stop in Portland, which made Travel and Leisure’s list of top 15 US cities. This city combines classic funk with modern chic to create a haven for families, artists, and musicians to call home.
Eugene is a popular destination for river cruises as well, offering the once-in-a-lifetime experience of sailing up the eastern end of the Willamette River. You’ll see the lush green of the Willamette River Valley nestled in between towering mountains.
Don’t worry, they don’t roar out of control. You’ll be safe.
Oregon has a ton of rivers, and most of them are traversable by cruise. The McKenzie River is one of the most popular in the state. Here you’ll fish, swim and make merry while basking in the great Oregon outdoors.
Take a Portland, Oregon river cruise on the western end of the Willamette River to relax and enjoy dinner and sightseeing on the water.
Spirit Falls is an Oregon must-see located in the Columbia River Gorge. This spectacular 33-foot-high waterfall is not for the faint of heart, but totally worth the hike to get there. Going in winter means a spectacular view of icicles hanging from the shelf of the falls.
Sweet Oregon River Cruises for Every Taste
No matter where you want to go or what you want to see, there’s a cruise for that.
Pacific coastal cruises have the widest range of options. From short jaunts up the shoreline under sail to a week or two of relaxation on a full luxury liner, the choice is yours. Big-name companies like Silver Sea and American Cruise Lines run out of Portland and offer stops all along the scenic coast.
If luxury fits your lifestyle (or at least your idea of a great vacation) you can choose from any number of vessels and itineraries depending on your tastes.
If the idea of spending a week on the open sea does not appeal to you, there are quite a few companies offering smaller-scale trips. Remember those river cruises? Portland Spirit is a local favorite company which has sightseeing and dinner cruises leaving out of Portland regularly. These generally last a few hours — no sleeping on the water!
Uncruise Adventures offers a more interactive approach to tourism. They offer cruises up the Columbia and Snake Rivers winding through the Oregon countryside. Cruises last for a week, during which you’ll learn all about the history of Oregon and its vital role in the taming of the American West. There are quite a few exciting stops along the way where you’ll sample the food and culture of this great state as well.
There are many sweet deals to be had amongst local cruise companies. You can pick up a Groupon in Portland, Oregon and take the whole family up the river to see the majestic side of the state.
No matter what you enjoy, there’s something for you. Explore the magnificent coast, rivers, mountains, and valleys like Oregon heroes Lewis and Clark as you take in a natural wonderland unlike any you’ve seen before.
Remember to keep an eye out for beavers!