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 and Eugene areas offer 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 Dechutes River come summer. Or explore a local museum and winery anytime. In the active college town of Eugene, you'll find everything from rafting in the summer to taking in NCAA football games in the fall, to literally smelling the roses in the rose garden come spring.
It's all here – a state that embraces the grand tradition of adventure and exploration. No matter how you define it.