When fall arrives in Oregon the mood changes completely. After the optimism of spring and joys of summer come the reflective, cozy months of fall, with the trees changing from vibrant greens to fiery oranges and reds. For those keen to enjoy the fall foliage in Oregon, we at Culture Trip have chosen some of our favorite places.
Oregon is known for its mountain ranges, dormant volcanoes, desert and much more – making it the perfect destination for those who like to explore nature. Willamette Valley Vineyards is just a 45-minute drive southwest of Portland, set within grounds that, while spectacular at any time of the year, are particularly amazing during the fall – especially after a glass or two of award-winning wine.
On the Clackamas River, about two and a half hours’ drive south from Portland, lies Bagby Springs. After paying a forest ranger $5 per car for your day pass, an easy 1.5-mile (2.4-km) hike through the forest of large Douglas firs, western red cedar and western hemlocks will take you to the hot springs. Soak in a respectful and friendly atmosphere, and enjoy the glory of nature which surrounds you.
Three hours south of Portland, on the edge of the Deschutes National Forest, Drake Park and Mirror Pond make for a particularly picturesque area at any time of year. Nevertheless, with its abundance of maple trees, the area becomes a swathe of vibrant red come fall; and when the willows turn yellow and hang over the lake they create a scene that you won’t forget in a hurry. If you are lucky enough to visit on a sunny day, you might catch one of the romantic sunsets these parts are famous for.
South of the Umpqua National Forest is the city of Ashland, home to Lithia Park. The fall colors here are rich (ideal for budding photographers), while ducks frolic on the pond and the temperature drops to a comfortable level after what can be long, hot summers of over 100F (38C). Check out the little Japanese garden – it’s a great place to find some peace.
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