We may be a little biased, but we think the Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful places on Earth to explore. With a variety of different terrains and ecosystems, it’s not called the Pacific Northwest Wonderland for nothing! Here are a few of our personal favorite road trip stops around Oregon and the northwest.
Though our CBD Café and tasting room at our North Portland headquarters is currently closed, you can still visit our friends, East Fork Cultivars, brand new Hemp Bar located in southeast Portland featuring a variety of USDA certified hemp CBD-infused handcrafted mocktails and a curated selection of vegan bites.
On a clear day, head over to Pittock Mansion to take in the views of the city from one of the best viewpoints there is. Explore the grounds of one of Portland’s historic homes as you take in the city and surrounding areas from 1000ft. Crowds can be expected at sunset, but the vista makes it all worth it. Plus, Pittock Mansion is near the International Rose Test Garden, and Forest Park’s many hiking trails.
If you’re looking for a different Rose Garden experience that’s a little less traveled by, Peninsula Park has an equally impressive collection of roses. Featuring water fountains and playful landscaping that will make you feel like you’re in Alice in Wonderland’s croquet game, it’s the perfect place for a summer picnic.
Honestly, we could have done a whole post about just the Oregon coast. With 363 miles of rugged coastline and beautiful sandy beaches, the Oregon Coast boasts an incredible variety of popular and hidden coastal gems, the freshest seafood around, and the most coveted sunset settings that keep us heading west time and time again for more.
Just across the bridge from Astoria to Washington is Cape Disappointment Park. This small cape is home to a lighthouse, a very chill walk, and some aggressive waves-on-cliffs that will inspire you to keep exploring. Despite the name, it might be the best part of the trip, aside from stop at Marsh’s Free Museum to see the Pacific Northwest’s infamous Jake the Alligator Man.
Explore some of the best tide pools in Oregon at Garibaldi’s north jetty. If you want a bit of an adventure, you can go out on the actual jetty itself which extends way out beyond the coast line into the ocean. Who knows what you’ll see out there…whales, seals, porpoises. Nearby is Neahkahnie Mountain, with amazing coastal views and moderate difficulty, this is one of our favorite hikes on the Oregon coast. Top it off by going to Kelly’s Marina just down the hill from the parking area, and you have yourself a seafood feast.
Netarts bay, famous for its incredible shellfish, is also where Jacobsen Salt Co. harvests their gourmet finishing sea salts that top our CBD chocolate bars. Though tours to the public are temporarily closed, you can still pop into their brick and mortar store to stock your pantry or do a little gift shopping. Sample some of the local fare with the freshest oysters from Nevør Shellfish Farm.
Columbia River Gorge
Carving the border of Oregon and Washington, the Columbia River Gorge runs 80 miles and 4,000 ft deep and features nearly 100 waterfalls. While most visitors favor waterfall hopping at some of the most iconic Oregon landmarks, we like to opt for something a little less crowded.
Nearby Rooster Rock State Park is a great place to explore and cool off with a dip in the river, complete with two disc golf courses and a queer-friendly, clothing optional beach. A heart-pumping hike at Angel’s Rest offers panoramic views of the Columbia gorge. Just across the river in Washington, Dog Mountain also boasts incredible views, and you can choose your own adventure with two trail options with varying levels of difficulty. One is a longer, more gradual windy route, while the other, lovingly called ‘The Way of the Samurai’, is a shorter, much more challenging pitch. The mountain reaches its prime during wildflower season in May and June, when hikers emerge from the forest to open meadows in full-bloom and Sound-of-Music style vistas.
While most visitors favor waterfall hopping at some of the most iconic Oregon landmarks, we like to opt for something a little less crowded.
Central and Eastern Oregon
Wine country meets cannabis country in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley. As you drive through the rolling hills of vineyards and hemp fields as far as the eye can see, you might think you’ve died and gone to heaven. Nearby Jacksonville is a great place to stop and grab a coffee at local roaster, Good Bean Coffee, and explore this historic mining town.
On a hot day, cool off with a dip at the nearby Illinois River. Nestled deep in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, the Illinois River is the perfect spot for low-key camping or to stop off for a short dip. With campsites spaced out along the river’s edge, it makes it easy for anyone looking to get out and do some white-water rafting, fishing, floating, or taking a dip in one of the many swimming holes.