Wizard Island located in Crater Lake National Park in Southern Oregon. Courtesy of Travel Oregon
The State of Oregon is located in the Pacific Northwest region of the USA, south of British Columbia, bordered by Washington State to the North, California and Nevada to the south, Idaho to the east and the vast Pacific Ocean to the west.
Convenient transportation links from Vancouver make Oregon a popular destination for British Columbia residents, as well as international visitors to the region wanting to take in a two-nation vacation.
With a landscape as diverse as its population, Oregon boasts a wide range of travel opportunities, from exploring lush river valleys, hiking spectacular mountain vistas, traversing high desert dunes, and strolling along the magnificent beaches of the Pacific coastline, to name a few.
Culturally rich and inhabited for thousands of years, Oregon offers a fabulous mix of history, adventure, spectacular scenery, and urban sophistication. Diversity is alive and well, including an active, visible LGBTQ+ community
Portland is Oregon’s largest urban centre, with a metropolitan area of approximately 2.4 million people. Straddling the Willamette River, Portland lies in its fertile valley, about 175 km (110 miles) from the coast, between the Cascade and lower Coast mountain ranges.
Known as a city of neighbourhoods, this thriving urban metropolis offers a diverse range of experiences within its walkable downtown core. Extensive bike paths wind between an amazing mix of parks, coffee houses, microbreweries, bars, pubs, and one-of-a-kind eateries.
Home to a thriving LGBT club scene, and a wide range of community organizations, Pride Portland celebrates the rainbow with 10 Days of Pride, kicking off on June 9, 2017 and culminating with the Portland Pride Parade and Pride Festival on June 17, 2017.
The west coast of Oregon State is a spectacular stretch of scenic coastline, with three main sub-regions known as The North Coast, The Central Coast, and The South Coast. A series of smaller urban communities highlight the regions, each with its own distinctive features.
Sandy beaches with dramatic scenery, numerous bays with quaint seaside communities, an abundance of national parks and recreation areas, seaside mountain ranges, natural forests, and the largest stretch of sand dunes on any coast in North America, are but some of the adventures to enjoy while exploring these regions.
Popular with both Canadian and international LGBT travelers, a visit to Oregon can be an ideal part of a two-nation vacation, in the fabulous Pacific Northwest.