Oregon is populated with some of the country's most famous mountains, volcanic peaks and pristine rivers as well as the forward-thinking cities that keep them that way. One of the Northwest's favorite outdoor playgrounds, the Columbia River Gorge near Portland, offers visitors year-round recreation. Arguably the boardsailing capital of the world, the Gorge functions like a wind tunnel, generating 30-knot winds. Hiking to the Gorge's waterfalls like Multnomah Falls is a popular day trip from the Portland area, and in late fall and early spring, when the heights of the Cascades are buried beneath deep snow, the Gorge is a favorite option for hikers and mountain bikers.
Further outside the bustle of the city, the Sunriver area offers a slower pace of adventure. Sunriver boasts more than 3,2000 acres of year-round recreation. Take a sleigh ride that showcases the magic of winter. Set float down The Deschutes River come summer. Or explore a local museum and winery anytime.
It's all here – a state that embraces the grand tradition of adventure and exploration. No matter how you define it.