An Unusual Trip to Oregon • Travel Ideas & Lists • Iva Says

Last modified: September 3, 2018

Exploring the West Coast – Oregon

Sometimes it’s all too easy to follow the tourists and do what they do. But, there is a lot to be said for going out of your way to find some more unusual activities. These activities can be anything but they can’t be a regular tourist haunt, must take you slightly off the beaten track and/or give you an experience you couldn’t have found elsewhere. When the whole point of travel is to learn and experience new things, it makes no sense to carry on doing all your regular stuff but in a different location. Spread your wings and find something new – like in Oregon. 


The Multnomah Falls in Oregon make part of multi-locations that make a great itinerary when traveling throughout Oregon.

Cascade Raptor Centre

If you love birds and you want to learn more about them, this is definitely the place to come. With 50 birds of prey in large outdoor aviaries around the site, you can see them in action all day long. The Cascade Raptor Centre also runs educational sessions for students of all ages and abilities so it is worth looking into if you are the academic type.

The best place to stay would be a hotel in Eugene, Oregon as the city is only 15 minutes away from the birds. The city is also well placed for a number of lovely nature trails where you are sure to see some wild birds and other animals too.

Multnomah Falls

If hiking is your thing and you are a fan of fantasy film-style waterfalls, the Multnomah Falls are definitely for you. This fabulous waterfall was, according to Native American Folklore, created for a princess looking for somewhere private to bathe. Even with power showers, you can see the appeal here with the mist rising and a pleasant coolness in the air.

The Falls are around 30 minutes outside Portland but are quite easy to get to. But, for the best experience, you shouldn’t stop at the viewing platform but continue to hike up to see the nearby Wahkeena Falls too. Though the drop is not as big, this waterfall makes up for height in beauty and shouldn’t be missed.

Waterfall known as the Multnomah Falls in Oregon, which is located in the Columbia River Gorge, east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson, Oregon, United States.
Multnomah Falls

Allen Elizabethan Theatre

Shakespeare may never have seen Oregon – or indeed the New World (as he might have called it) – but his spirit is still to be found at the Allen Elizabethan Theatre. This open-air theatre pays tribute by raising a flag just before the performance as they did in Shakespeare’s theatres in London. They also put on lots of Shakespeare plays, as you might expect from the host of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Though the theatre has been remodeled and rebuilt after a fire, there is still something magical about seeing the Tudor dollhouse-style façade and cuddling up in a fleece bought from a kiosk just outside. This is certainly the way that Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed in London and the design is indeed modeled after London’s 1599 Fortune Theatre.

Whatever you are looking for, Oregon has so much to offer beyond the usual tourist traps. In this state, the landscape tempts you out, the wildlife is mesmerizing and the arts are flourishing. Let yourself go – see everything.  

This is a contributed post that may contain affiliate links. Image credit: John Fowler on Flickr / CC by 2.0

1 Comment

  1. All of my favorite travel memories were a consequence of deviating from the “beaten track”, and I agree that the best way to experience something new is to do exactly that. I have never been to Oregon, but it is on top the US States I would love to visit. We actually have a close family friend living close to Portland, and we are invited to visit- so hopefully some day we will, and then I’ll be very interested in Multnomah Falls as hiking and the waterfalls are my thing! 🙂

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