Oregon is known as the Beaver State, and as the nickname suggests, there is plenty of natural wildlife to appreciate in this state. But wildlife is not the only thing celebrated in Oregon. There is also a rich history involving the Lewis and Clark expedition and a strong appreciation of art in the state of Oregon. So how do you plan on spending your vacation? Stuck in traffic or cruising aboard an Oregon charter bus service. See the state without the leg cramps!
Crater Lake offers the bluest of blue waters and wonderful views. Visitors can take a trip around the Rim Drive to see all possible views of the lake. There are also boat tours around the lake and trails on which visitor can hike, including Mr. Scott which is 8,929 ft. In the winter, there is some serious snow that falls in this area. An average of 533 inches blankets this area per year. There is cross-country skiing and snowshoe hikes.
Fort Clatsop National Park
The Fort Clatsop National Memorial Park is going to be apart of a new Lewis and Clark National Historical park along with parks in Washington and Oregon. Fort Clatsop celebrates the 1805-1806 winter encampments of the Lewis and Clark Expedition according to the National Park Service. There is a replica of the 50X50 Fort Clatstop, in addition to the canoe landing. There is a Salt Works unit that touches on the salt-making activities of the camp.
World Forestry Center
There are several intriguing aspects of the World Forestry Center. The center offers three main programs to visitors. One of these is the Discovery Museum. This is a 35,000 square foot museum in Portland's beautiful Washington Park. The museum is in a Cascadian styled building and offers several exhibits for visitors to learn about the importance of trees and forests. Then there are the Tree Farms. There are two forests that the World Forestry Center owns and operates which were donated by landowners who wanted to protect their land from development. The final program is the World Forest Institute, which according to the World Forestry Center began in 1989 as the centers information services division.
The Hallie Ford Museum of Art
This museum is an Oregon classic. The Permanent Collection includes works purchased with gifted funds such as the Byrd and Polleski Native American art collections. The museum also offers the Carl Hall Gallery of Pacific Northwest and American Art, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Gallery, The Mark and Janeth Spoenburgh Gallery, and the Roberts Family Print Study Center. The art buff cannot miss this one! It is a definite Oregon must see!
The Oregon Zoo and the Oregon Coast Aquarium
Life is perpetually celebrated in the state of Oregon, especially in the Oregon Zoo and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The Oregon Zoo offers many exhibits for travelers to enjoy. Checkout tropical birds and bats in the African Rainforest, or investigate the beautiful bald eagle in the Eagle Canyon. There is still more to see, including the Africa Savanna, the Alaska Tundra, the Amazon Flooded Forest, the Asian Elephants, Bears, Cascade Crest, Cascade Stream, Cats of the Amur Region, the Insect Zoo, Lilah Callen Holden Elephant Museum, Lorikeets, Penguins, Primates, Steller Cove, Tree Kangaroos, Trillium Creek Family Farm, and Winged Wonders. With so much to see and do, plan your trip to this zoo wisely.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium also offers much to do. There is Passages of the Deep, a shark exhibit in tunnel form where the sharks swim all around you. There is also Seahorse Surreal, Incredible Stinging Jellies, By-The-Wind Sailor, Sharks Vs. Dolphins and much more. Perhaps one of the neatest things that the aquarium offers for residents is the chance to host sleepovers in the shark exhibit. Imagine spending the night with sharks gliding by you all evening long!
Regardless of what you see and do in Oregon, save yourself the hassle of driving by taking a charter bus service.