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Coastal Oregon is noted for its phenomenal ocean scenery, with long wide beaches generously distributed down its lengthy coastline. The beaches are largely unspoiled, with an emphasis placed on the natural beauty of the oceanside rather than on commercial attractions typical of larger beach resorts.
One of the oldest wineries in Oregon, Oak Knoll Winery is most unusual as it has no vineyards to call its own. Instead the Belgian family, Vuylsteke, prefer to choose their grapes from "a large stable of dedicated growers on long term commitments." Oak Knoll is "the wine of choice by those who appreciate quality in their glass."
Oak Knoll Winery
Eastern Oregon accounts for more than half of the state, geographically speaking, but with a relatively small population, this region is truly one of the west's last great wide open spaces. Visitors here can paint their own experience in "a watercolor landscape of distant purple mountains and the muted tones of the desert."
For some good ol' fashioned summer fun, visit Oregon's premier amusement park, Thrill-Ville USA, featuring two giant waterslides, roller coaster, miniature train rides, antique carousel, go-karts, ferris wheel and Tilt-a-Whirl. The Sky Coaster is a ride that combines the exhilaration of skydiving and the pure freedom of hang-gliding. Also food, free magic/comedy shows, and more on stage under a big circus tent. (Located next door to Enchanted Forest)
Southern Oregon offers visitors a well-balanced mix of natural and cultural wonders: history buffs will find a wide variety of historical sites and points of interest; whitewater enthusiasts and anglers can seek adventure on the Rogue, Klamath and Umpqua rivers; and theater devotees can visit Ashland for the Annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Although Oregon is often associated with rain, Central Oregon enjoys blue skies and sunshine nearly 300 days a year, offering a year-round playground for kids of all ages. Its high desert landscape offers almost constant views of snowcapped Cascade peaks and features geologic marvels such as Smith Rock State Park, Newberry National Volcanic Monument and several Lava Lands attractions.
Looking for a premier Pinot Noir? Try Willamette Valley Vineyards, located in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Since it began in 1983, this winery has created delicious, award-winning wines that "have captured the hearts and palates of wine enthusiasts worldwide."
Willamette Valley Vineyards
Nestled in a wooded area just off I-5 a few miles south of Salem, Enchanted Forest, is Oregon's small-scale version of Disneyland. Kids will delight in the Neverland atmosphere of the park as they wander through a haunted house, an old Western town, a storybook land, a mini castle, and a recreated English village. There's also the 40-foot drop of the Big Timber Log Ride. (Located next door to Thrill-Ville USA)
In the Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge region, you'll see views of beautiful forests, scenic Mt. Hood (Oregon's tallest peak), and the fruit orchards of the Hood River Valley. Wind around the foot of Mt. Hood, over streams, and through thickly wooded forests, and you'll end up at the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area featuring many waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls.
Mt. Hood and the Columbia Gorge