Whale watching tours
Attractions and Theme Parks in Oregon

Oregon has a thriving tourism industry that offers a diverse spectrum of opportunities for any personality type. No matter what you want to experience, chances are very good that you will find exactly what you're looking for here. Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Oregon are in the outdoors. However, there are also a good amount of things to do and see at indoor locations throughout the state.

Outdoor Tourist Attractions

Oregon has everything from sweeping mountain ranges to temperate rainforests and huge coastlines. There is a little something for everyone here and you can find a lot of different tourist attractions and outdoor sightseeing tours.

Whale Watching

There are two good times for whale watching on the Oregon coast every year. From March through June, eighteen thousand gray whales migrate past Oregon on their way to feeding grounds in the Bering Sea of Alaska. From December through January, they migrate past Oregon once again on their way to the warm waters of Mexico. Each time, they create a big stir and it is a huge event every year. Cannon Beach is around two hours from Portland and is a very popular destination for whale watching during this time.

Big Mountains

Mount Hood is arguably the most popular natural tourist attraction during the summer. It is around two hours from Portland and there are a lot of different amenities surrounding the mountain that travelers can make use of. Mount Hood Village is a popular stop here that offers lodging and even camping space for those looking for a more rugged outdoor adventure.

Multnomah Falls

Only a short 35 minute drive from Portland International Airport, Multnomah falls is the most popular natural attraction near the Portland area. There is a lodge at the falls that has a full menu and there are a number of amenities in the surrounding area.

Indoor Venues in Portland

The fun doesn't stop with the outdoors in Oregon. There are quite a few family-friendly venues around the state that can offer an interesting time for tourists. Also, there are a number of attractions for adults in the city.

Kidd's Toy Museum

Kidd's Toy Museum is dedicated to the unique toy collection of collector Frank Kidd. Many of the toys give a unique look into the heritage of the United States and many more offer an interesting perspective on the Pacific Northwest. The collection features a number of different iron toys, porcelain dolls, and a number of other interesting antique toys. The collection of rare Pacific Northwest-themed toys are especially popular with visitors here.

The Oregon Zoo

The Oregon Zoo is one of the most highly rated zoo facilities in the country. It is home to a large number of unique and exotic animals that are all part of a well-developed educational program. The zoo focuses its efforts on education and aims to impart a passion for conservation to all of its guests. One of the most popular parts of the zoo is the indoor sea lion viewing tank. The tank has a lot of different viewpoints that give visitors the ability to see the sea lions from a number of different angles. This makes the zoo a unique place to get in touch with wildlife.

North Clackamas Aquatic Park

This water park is a truly unique experience if you are visiting the Portland area. It is a fully indoor aquatic park that has a diverse range of interesting slides for visitors to enjoy. The indoor park is climate controlled, so you don't have to worry about Portland's notoriously rainy weather washing out your day of fun. It is one of the most popular attractions in the area for both Portland natives and visitors.

Brewery Tours

There are a lot of breweries in the Portland area that offer completely free tours of their facilities. These are a popular way for visitors to soak in an important part of the culture of Portland. Breweries are an important part of what it means to visit Portland and most of them offer daily tours that you can just show up for.

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