What Oregon Has In Store For You

crater lake national park

One place you should consider adding in your bucket list right now? Oregon.

Located within the United States of America’s Pacific Northwest region, the coastal state of Oregon is an epitome of Mother Nature at its finest.

It’s best known for having no shortage of natural places to go such as the Crater Lake National Park and the International Rose Test Garden, as well as the Siuslaw National Forest in Corvallis, the South Saddle Mountain in Washington, the Threemile Canyon Farm in Boardman, and the Hobbit Beach in Florence. It’s also best known for having no shortage of fun things to do such as trail hiking or river kayaking in Bridal Veil Falls, revisiting history in Astoria Column, and reading books or sipping coffee in Dudley’s Bookshop Café.

Even more so, Oregon is a great place for you to:

Go Wine Tasting

We know how wine keeps us healthy with its immunity properties. We also know how wine keeps us fit with its antioxidant properties. And when you’re travelling, nothing beats having a glass of wine after a long day of going all over the place. That being said, why not go wine tasting? Some of Oregon’s famous wineries include the Red Lily Vineyards in Jacksonville and Chapter 24 Vineyards in Dundee, as well as the King’s Raven Winery along New Era Road and the Christopher Bridge Wines along Casto Road.

Indeed, all these can only be experienced in this coastal state. And indeed, more of these can only be experienced in this coastal state – particularly, when visiting major lakes in Oregon and other bodies of water that represents the state as a whole: a place rich in history and vibrant in culture, no matter how unassuming these characteristics might be at times. But that’s another story for later…

Seven of the Best Places to Visit in Portland, Oregon

Bike-friendly, craft beers, hiking trails, and amazing natural scenery are just some of the top things that come to mind that are associated with Portland, Oregon. The city boasts of these attractions and more that are begging to be explored. With so many things to see and experience, here are seven of the best places to visit when in Portland.

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
 Horsetail Falls
Top attractions: Over 200,000 acres of breathtaking natural scenery, scenic viewpoints, numerous trails for trekking, stunning waterfalls, and more

Elk Rock Garden (Garden of the Bishop’s Close)
Elk Rock Garden
Top attractions: A beautiful garden that sits on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River; features ponds and a wide array of flowers including lovely magnolias

International Rose Test Garden
International Rose Test Garden
Top attractions: A popular rose garden located in Washington Park, features thousands of roses consisting of over 500 varieties, serves as testing ground for new varieties of roses; attractions like the Gold Medal Garden, Miniature Rose Test Garden and Shakespeare Rose Test Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Top attractions: A Suzhou-style garden that provides a glimpse of Chinese culture and history; features traditional Chinese structures, a tea house, flowers and plants, and more

Portland Japanese Garden
Portland Japanese Garden
Top attractions: Authentic Japanese garden located outside Asia; features the Flat Garden, Natural Garden, Sand and Stone Garden, Strolling Pond Garden, Tea Garden; tranquil surroundings, breathtaking and colorful foliage

Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Top attractions: Waterfront Park along the Willamette River, scenic views of the city, serves as venue for various events like the Oregon Brewers Festival

Washington Park
Washington Park Portland
Top attractions: Home to some of the city’s top attractions like the Hoyt Arboretum, Oregon Zoo, Portland Children’s Museum, Portland Japanese Garden, the International Rose Test Garden, and World Forestry Center among many others

Minimizing the Stress of Life on the Road

Traveling for business or pleasure comes with its share of stresses. It can also be exhausting regardless of how much fun you may be having. The ability to relieve stress while on the road can prove handy, especially if you want to make the most of your trips. From meditative activities to relaxing pursuits, here are some of things you can do to keep stress at bay while traveling.

1. Practice mindfulness. Certain activities can be a meditative experience if you become mindful of the process. Walking and running are just some of the things that may help you focus on the here and now. Finding a quiet spot for a leisurely stroll and paying attention to every step or the sights and sounds around you can be a great stress reliever.

2. Indulge on a relaxing spa. Check your accommodation’s amenities to see if there are relaxation spaces or a spa you can retreat to. Or you can do yoga or go for a swim at the hotel’s pool or nearby recreational facility.

3. Stay flexible. Prepare well, but expect the unexpected. Keep a flexible mindset to void needless stress when dealing with sudden changes or delays, which can happen a lot in any trip. Stay on top of the things you can control and be flexible enough to adjust quickly to those that you cannot.

4. Find your relaxing spot. People have different ways of dealing with stress. Some prefer the vibrant energy of being in the midst of the crowd while others long for a quiet space and solitary pursuits. Find that relaxing space that best fits your needs and go there from time to time.

5. Make use of gadgets and apps. Upload relaxation music in your smart phone or MP3 player. Invest on good quality noise-cancelling headphones. Drowning out the noise around you can help in inducing the meditative state you want.

Continuous and back-to-back traveling can subject you to frequent jet lags, motion sickness, and exhaustion. You may even begin to hate the thought of traveling. Learn to harness the benefits of meditation and relaxing activities before stress accumulate and kills your travel bug. Rediscover the joys of traveling for business or pleasure by managing travel-related stress through meditative activities and relaxing pursuits.