A great place to begin learning about all Oregon has to offer is www.traveloregon.com , the website of Oregon's official tourism commission.
Information about many of Oregon’s most popular parks and museums can also be found online:
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center: This 26,100 square foot exhibit wing holds interactive displays which bring to life the tremendous volcanic upheavals and raging floods that created the Gorge, describe the mighty River which sculpted patterns for a unique and spectacular diversity of vegetation, wildlife, and ancient life ways, and follow the currents that shape our futures in the Gorge.
Crater Lake National Park: Located in Southern Oregon on the crest of the Cascade Mountain range, Crater Lake is a picturesque deep blue lake surrounded by cliffs, almost two thousand feet high. As the national park service attests, “It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom.”
Evergreen Aviation Museum Airplane and helicopter exhibits and an artifact, research library form the core of the Evergreen Aviation Museum where visitors will find an up-close and personal account of human achievement in flight.
Fort Clatsop: The winter encampment for the Corps of discovery from December 1805 to March 1806, Fort Clatsop in the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park today features ranger-led programs, re-enactors and trailheads to explore.
Hells Canyon: North America's deepest river gorge, Hells Canyon encompasses a vast and remote region with dramatic changes in elevation, terrain, climate and vegetation. Carved by the great Snake River, Hells Canyon plunges more than a mile below Oregon's west rim, and 8,000 feet below snowcapped He Devil Peak of Idaho's Seven Devils Mountains.
High Desert Museum: The High Desert Museum's 53,000-square-foot main building anchors a quarter-mile trail that winds along a tranquil stream and through aspens and ponderosa pines. Guests may walk this trail to reach 32,000 square feet of exhibits and animal habitats.
Hunting and Fishing: Oregon is one of the nation’s greatest fishing destinations. To learn more or to plan your next trip visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, where you can learn how to apply for licenses and find out what is in season.
John Day Fossil Beds: Whether you tour the museum at Sheep Rock, hike a trail at the Painted Hills, or picnic at Clarno, a visit to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is like taking a journey into ancient Oregon.
Mount Hood National Forest: Located twenty miles east of the city of Portland, Oregon, and the northern Willamette River valley, the Mt. Hood National Forest extends south from the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge across more than sixty miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams to Olallie Scenic Area, a high lake basin under the slopes of Mt. Jefferson. Visitors enjoy fishing, camping, boating and hiking in the summer, hunting in the fall, and skiing and other snow sports in the winter.
Multnomah Falls: Plummeting 620 feet from its origins on Larch Mountain, Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States. Nearly two million visitors a year come to see this ancient waterfall making it Oregon’s number one public destination.
National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers living history demonstrations, interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media presentations, special events, and more than four miles of interpretive trails.
OMSI: Founded in 1944 and one of the nation's top ten science museums, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a world-class tourist attraction and educational resource featuring more than 219,000 square feet of science labs, interactive exhibits and hands-on demonstrations.
Oregon Caves: Oregon Caves National Monument offers family focused opportunities to explore a marble cave, visit a National Historic Landmark (the Oregon Caves Chateau), hike trails through ancient forests, and earn a Junior Ranger Badge.
Oregon Coast Aquarium is a private, not-for-profit aquatic and marine science educational facility offering a fun and interesting way to learn about Oregon’s unique coastal ecosystem.
Oregon Garden: Located on 80 acres in Historic Silverton Oregon, the Oregon Garden features thousands of plants in more than 20 specialty gardens, as well as the Gordon House, the only house in Oregon designed by the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Oregon Zoo: The oldest zoo west of the Mississippi, the Oregon Zoo is home to animals from all corners of the world, including Asian elephants, Peruvian penguins and Arctic polar bears. From the mist-filled Africa Rain Forest to the majestic Great Northwest exhibits, the zoo encourages visitors to understand and experience the natural world.
Oregon Historical Society: The OHS artifacts collection comprises over 85,000 artifacts, including ancient objects from the earliest settlements, and objects that illustrate exploration in the Oregon Country, the growth of business and industry, the development of artwork and crafts, and maritime history, among many other topics. Tours for the general public are held daily.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Founded in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is among the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the nation. Each year OSF presents an eight-and-a-half-month season of eleven plays in three theatres plus numerous ancillary activities, and undertakes an extensive theatre education program.
Portland Art Museum: Founded in 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. IT houses more than 35,000 objects and works of art including works of European painting and sculpture, American painting and sculpture, silver, Asian art, Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Cameroon and other African art, contemporary art, sculpture, prints and drawings, and photography.
Portland Children’s Museum: Founded in 1949, Portland Children’s Museum is a hands-on museum for children from birth to 10 years old. The non-profit museum’s mission is to inspire imagination, creativity, and the wonder of learning in children and adults. The museum features changing exhibits, arts-based programs and a public school.
Portland Rose Gardens: Operated by the Portland Parks and Recreations, the Portland Rose Gardens include some of the nation’s oldest and most renowned gardens. The International Rose Test Garden, for example, is the nation’s oldest public garden of its kind as well as one of 24 official testing sites for the internationally respected All-America Rose Selection (AARS).