[dropcap class=”kp-dropcap”]T[/dropcap]he state of Oregon attracts tourists from all over to gaze in awe at its striking landscapes and immerse themselves in its unique community. Not only does Oregon have some of the most diverse landscapes sprinkled with volcanoes, forests, deserts and natural bodies of water, its distinct cultural atmosphere embraces all things out of the ordinary. The mostly liberal state is known moving to its own beat and of course is one of the few states with a legal recreational cannabis market. This summer, embark on a journey to experience all of Oregon’s wonders at an elevated state of mind.
Hike at Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park resides in southern Oregon and is the state’s only national park. Named after the lake formed from the caldera of a volcano, Crater Lake National Park is a true beauty to behold. Surrounded by the never-ending forests and abundant hills, Crater Lake is a sight for sore eyes. Embark on a hike up Mount Scott, the park’s highest peak, for an amazing view. Reward yourself by indulging in some cannabis to reach a higher elevation and enjoy the natural scenery around you. For cooler activities consider taking a dip in the lake or hopping on board a boat tour which stops at Wizard Island. Fall is the best season to take advantage of the sights as the views of the lake are most accessible and free of trail closures caused by the colder months.
Chow Down at Voodoo Doughnuts
What’s a holiday without a few exceptional eateries to satisfy the munchies after a day out exploring? Portland in particular brings in crowds from all over to feast upon Voodoo Doughnuts. The whimsical donut shop specializes in artistic designs centered around all kinds of wacky themes, including the famous voodoo doll donut. Not just for breakfast, this donut shop is practically open all day and lines wrap around the building fast. If you’re feeling festive, remember to order its Maple Blazer Blunt donut dusted in cinnamon sugar and coated in maple frosting. Find Voodoo Doughnuts in either Portland or Eugene.
Enjoy the Mists of Multnomah Falls
Waterfalls are one of nature’s most mesmerizing phenomena and the cascades of Multnomah Falls just may leave you speechless and possibly soaked. Half an hour outside of Portland, the falls stand at 611 feet tall. Known to be “the most-visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest,” consider arriving to the falls early in the day to avoid crowds and take advantage of an empty Benson Bridge where visitors can get a closer look of the waterfall.
Take a Bike Tour Through Portland
Biking is a great way to explore the city while also being eco-friendly. Bike rentals are scattered all over the city of Portland and travelers may even book a tour online prior to their trip. Tours include stops at the city’s most known locations, while some tours take guests to over 40 local breweries! A few daring visitors could even plan their trip to join in on Portland’s annual World Naked Bike Ride through the city. Each summer, Portland residents hop on a bike and bare all to bring awareness to society’s oil dependency and alternatives way to get around town. After the ride, you and your group of friends can choose to wind down with a bit of cannabis and mingle with your fellow riders.
Picnic at Cannon Beach
Located in the small resort city of Seaside, Cannon Beach is a fan favorite and a great place for a peaceful afternoon. Pack a tasty lunch featuring your favorite edibles and spend the day laid out on the sand. The beach most notable attribute is the 235-foot sea stack that sits just a few feet away in the water known as Haystack Rock. During low tide beachgoers can reach the landmark, just be sure to watch the water levels. Once high tide comes in it’s possible to get stuck on this massive beauty.