Oregon's Winter Wonderland

Oregon's Winter Wonderland

  • Emily Corning
  • 11/14/23

When winter descends upon Oregon, the state transforms into a winter wonderland with a wide range of activities and destinations to explore. From snowy mountain retreats to cozy coastal towns, Oregon offers something for every winter enthusiast. In this blog post, we'll take you on a journey through some of the best winter destinations in the Beaver State, where you can embrace the magic of the season.

Mt. Hood:

  • Nestled in the Cascade Range, Mt. Hood is Oregon's highest peak and a prime winter destination. Whether you're into skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or just appreciating the snow-covered landscapes, Mt. Hood has it all. Popular ski resorts like Timberline Lodge and Mt. Hood Meadows offer world-class slopes and stunning views.



  • Known for its outdoor recreation and craft beer scene, Bend is a year-round destination. In the winter, you can hit the slopes at Mt. Bachelor for some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the state. Afterward, warm up at one of Bend's many breweries and restaurants.


Crater Lake National Park:

  • While Crater Lake National Park is a summer favorite, it transforms into a serene winter paradise when blanketed in snow. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails are available, and the park's rim drive offers breathtaking views of the deep blue Crater Lake surrounded by snow-covered cliffs.



  • Ashland, famous for its Oregon Shakespeare Festival, takes on a unique charm in winter. Enjoy a cozy getaway at one of the town's charming bed and breakfasts. Don't miss the Ashland Winter Solstice Festival, a celebration of art and culture.


Cannon Beach:

  • Escape to the Oregon coast in the winter for a serene and uncrowded experience. Cannon Beach, with its iconic Haystack Rock, offers dramatic winter seascapes. Stroll along the windswept beaches, visit art galleries, and enjoy a warm bowl of clam chowder in one of the town's cozy cafes.


Hood River:

  • Known for its windsurfing and kiteboarding in the summer, Hood River transforms into a winter sports hub in the colder months. Ski or snowboard at nearby Mt. Hood, then return to Hood River for its thriving food and craft beverage scene.



  • Sisters, a charming western-style town, becomes a snowy paradise in the winter. Explore the surrounding Deschutes National Forest on cross-country skis or snowshoes. The town's annual Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony is a must-see holiday tradition.



  • Nestled in the stunning Wallowa Mountains, Joseph offers winter enthusiasts opportunities for snowshoeing, ice skating, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. The town's quaint galleries and shops provide a picturesque setting for holiday shopping.


Silver Falls State Park:

  • Known for its beautiful waterfalls in the summer, Silver Falls State Park is equally enchanting in the winter. Hike along the Trail of Ten Falls, which takes on a magical quality when frozen waterfalls are surrounded by snow-covered trees.


Oregon's winter destinations offer a diverse array of experiences, from snowy mountain adventures to coastal serenity and charming small-town getaways. Whether you're seeking outdoor thrills or a cozy retreat, Oregon's winter wonderlands have something to delight every traveler. Embrace the beauty and magic of winter in the Beaver State and create unforgettable memories amidst its breathtaking landscapes.

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