Oregon is located in the North West part of United states. 75% to 80% of Oregon is covered in green for most of the year.
A true land of constant rain, right? Well, that rain is what keeps Oregon green all year long. And there really is not as many rainy days as people think. During most winters Oregon spends Thanksgiving day in a blast of sunshine and beautiful weather.
The same is true of Christmas day, sunshine and no clouds. Even though there is some rain there is a minimal amount of flooding and no hurricanes or tornadoes.
There is an occasional landslide but no earthquakes of any size worth worrying about. Tall green trees dot the land along with green vegetation which only adds to the beauty in general.
Oregon also has some of the best scenery and excitement to be found anywhere. The shoreline is home to some of the most beautiful beaches where one can enjoy a wonderful sunset or watch the thundering and stormy action of the ocean waves as they pound along the landscape.
Many people enjoy the thrill of surf boarding in the bays and beaches. The Columbia River Gorge is considered by many to be the best place in the world for windsurfing. A water related sport that many people participate in.
There are 9 lighthouses that stand guard along the shoreline. Five of which are still functioning and in use while the remaining 4 are designated as historic monuments and are visited by thousands of people every year.
Silver Falls State Park is Oregon’s largest state park. It features 10 waterfalls and contains a wide variety of forested hiking trails. Another of Oregon’s fascinating features is Crater Lake, known to be the nations deepest lake at 1,943 feet. In fact, the U.S. Postal Service issued stamps earlier this year celebrating 40 of America’s natural and man-made wonders Oregon appeared on three.
One was Crater Lake. Another was the Pacific Crest Trail, which courses 2,650 miles through California, Oregon and Washington. The third features the world’s tallest trees, the coastal redwoods, which grow from California to Oregon. There is tons of history in Oregon. There are more ghost towns in Oregon than any other state. All are filled with historic events.
A real must see for the ghost town enthusiasts. Louis Simpson, a timber baron is one of the founders of Oregon and built two fine mansions which no longer exist but Louis also gave the area one of the national state parks. Louis Simpson owned a five acre parcel of his property that sits on a scenic bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and named it Shore Acres.
The state bought the property in 1942 as a state park with beautiful formal gardens including a Japanese style garden built around a 100 foot lily pond.
The Chehalem Valley, including the city of Newberg is fast becoming known for the quality wines grown and produced there. Oregon is also one of a handful of the nations sake producers. This is just a few of the reasons you should plan a visit to the great state of Oregon.