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Experimentation: if there was one word that would describe the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport that would be it.
From trying to figure out how plate tectonics work, to seeing how you compare to the wingspan of an albatross, expect to learn volumes while you walk through the many exhibits – several of which change regularly.
But Bill Hanshumaker, who is responsible for many of the exhibits in the Visitor Center, says it is more than just a place to see an octopus and touch things in simulated tide pools.
Driving through the Columbia River Gorge it hits you that over the course of thousands of years, the landscape was carved from the earth creating the majestic beauty.
Then you realize you need to keep your eyes on the road.
The gorge’s unending beauty is only matched by the rich history and lessons it can teach people willing to learn. Lucky for us, there is the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum in The Dalles.
I-5, Exit 99, in Canyonville. Seven Feathers Casino Resort offers 300 deluxe guestrooms. Enjoy the pool and fitness center. Relax in the River Rock Spa or eat at one of the five onsite dining areas. Experience Nevada-style gaming with over 1,000 slots, table games, bingo and keno, including a non-smoking gaming area. Other amenities include the Convention Center and Seven Feathers RV Resort.
When visiting Newport, you'll experience premium lodging at its finest at our magnificent Oceanfront Resort. Hallmark Resort-Newport overlooks the expansive Pacific Ocean with Yaquina Head Lighthouse to the North, and Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and Jetty to the South. Stunning sunrises and sunsets, the coming and going of the fishing fleet, and the occasional whale sighting, are all within view. Our accommodations are all oceanfront, non-smoking, and many come with 2-person in-room spas and fireplaces. We also offer a heated, indoor salt water pool, spa, sauna, and fitness room.
Normally the high-pitched, blood curdling screams of little girls would lead to the scrambling of parents in search of their children.
On a hot Saturday afternoon, the primal sounds had the exact opposite reaction, smiles all around.
“Whenever you get more than three girls on this ride, better plug your ears,” said the “Frog Hopper” ride attendant. “They love it.”
More than just screaming daughters love Enchanted Forest.
To prove it, all you need to do is walk around the 20-acre site on a summer day to see all the smiles.
Al and Susan Toepfer spent a good amount of time transforming a barn on 10 acres of rural ranch land southeast of Bend into a nano brewery. In 2013, with Brewmaster Al Toepfer, and many more family members, they took a big step and decided to start bottling beer and open up a pub right in The Old Mill District.
Rat Hole will be brewing the standard,Reds, Porters, Browns, IPA’s, Pilsners, in addition to some specialty/seasonal brews like Pumpkin Spice Ale, Summer Lemon Wheat, Saison, and a Blueberry Ale. Cheers!
Built in dramatic Cascadian style architecture, the stunning Discovery Museum has been a Portland icon since 1971. Visitors can take a wet-free raft ride, see the forest from a bird’s-eye-view, learn about different people who work in the forest, and “travel” to Russia, China, South Africa and Brazil to discover how those regions are utilizing their forests and the challenges they face.
Hellgate Jetboat Excursions draws nearly 85,000 people every season, which runs from May through September. Visitors from all over the world make Grants Pass’ Hellgate Jetboats their destination in order to board the propeller-less boat that is pushed by the hydro-jet that glides just inches above the water's surface.
So much more than you'd expect! The Portland Aquarium brings you up close to dozens of species including sharks, giant octopus, stingrays, reptiles, birds and more. They offer special encounters where you can actually interact with, feed and even touch the animals. Great for all ages!
Discover the pinnacles of luxury. Our beautiful River Lodges offer spectacular views— both inside and out—for the discriminating business and leisure guest.
Everyone has done it. Passed many roadside attractions doing 65 miles per hour not even noticing the enchanting place to stop and explore.
Stastny Gardens and Art Gallery is one of these roadside gems. Basically it’s three attractions in one, a wonderful garden with many different types of trees, shrubs and flowers, an art gallery with featured local artists and a showcase of unique hand-carved stone pots for plants, fountains and firepots.
A waterfall as magnificent and memorable as any in the country is located just a 30- minute drive outside of Portland. Visiting Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water, lets you experience the power and beauty of nature up close and with ease. From the parking area off of I-84, a 5-minute walk is all that separates you from the exhilarating spray at the base of the falls.
It’s one thing to read about history in a book, or see a movie, but it’s quite another to see, feel and walk through the history of a people from their unfiltered point of view.
That’s exactly what you get when you visit the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute outside of Pendleton on Interstate 84.
“The exhibit content was developed by experts from the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Tribes,” said John Chess, development officer from the institute. “No outside experts or scholars were used to make sure this was the unfiltered history that was presented.”
It’s easy to drive right by the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum, but for those on the lookout, it’s well worth the trip.
The museum, located in North Bend, is a treasure trove for those looking for history about the southern Oregon coast. Welcoming you as you enter the museum is a photographic timeline, showing hundreds of pictures of historical events and people.
If you visit the museum, be prepared to learn things you wouldn’t know about the Coos Bay area. First off a realistic-looking mine exhibit puts you in the darkened tunnels of coal mines that were in the area.
If I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream, then there is a lot of screaming going on at the Tillamook Cheese Factory.
While the entire nation is familiar with the award-winning Tillamook cheeses, here in the Pacific Northwest we have the added benefit of enjoying their more than 40 offerings of ice cream.
"Our ice cream is limited to the Pacific Northwest, so that's why we feature it in our visitor center," said Susan Palmer, director of retail operations at the Tillamook Cheese Factory.
Every time Marilyn Depew walks through the Japanese Garden, she notices something different.
"It really is amazing to be able to walk through the garden for years and years and still make new discoveries," Depew says while walking down the strolling garden's zigzagging bridge. "I think that says a lot for the designer when he envisioned this place."
Depew has been a volunteer tour guide at the Japanese Garden in Portland for many years, showing and explaining the unique garden to everyone from students to seniors.
While the Multnomah Falls get nearly two million visitors a year, and are considered one of the top tourist attractions in Oregon, there are hundreds of other falls around the state that offer just as stunning views.
Take for example Tumalo Falls near Bend.
These falls, inside United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service lands, is around 20 miles from Bend and well worth the trip.
Whether it’s the numerous outlet malls, or visiting historic downtowns, there are many shopping opportunities scattered about the coast, from North to South.
But few shopping malls have the attraction of the Seaside Carousel Mall – a full-sized indoor working carousel. On the Oregon Coast, being indoors means you can enjoy a ride on a horse, sea horse or any number of other animals depicted on the spinning wonder.
The fact of the matter is there just aren’t that many woolen mills – or any other type of textile mills – left in the United States.
With cheaper labor abroad, more and more companies send the work off-shore, where they can hire several workers, to one American worker.
However, there are still a few places left in the U.S. where you can see production of wool being woven into blankets, such as Pendleton Woolen Mills.
Easy to access, yet tucked away off the beaten path, Long Hollow Ranch is a rustic oasis waiting to be discovered. If you’re looking for a peaceful place to get away and relax for a few days or a week, you won’t find a more ideal setting than Long Hollow Ranch. The home-cooked meals are wonderful and the rooms are clean and comfortable and each with its own private bath.
You’ll feel right at home from the moment you walk in the door.
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