Oregon, located in the Pacific Northwest, has a number of locations that would be ideal for a cheap romantic getaway. Surrounded by rivers, lush hiking trails, mountains and the Pacific coastline, the state is prime for those looking for something a bit different.
Willamette Valley Wineries
Stretching from the Columbia River to the town of Eugene, the Willamette Valley viticultural area takes up a good portion of the state, supplying 400 wineries along a 40-mile stretch of the Willamette River. Each portion of the Willamette River contains a different type of wine-tasting experience. The most popular section is in the North Willamette Valley off of the I-5 corridor between Portland and Salem. All areas contain wine tasting and wine tours throughout the different wineries for a relatively cheap price. For those looking for a multiple-day stay, various bed-and-breakfasts are available for a nightly rate. RV parks can be found as well for those wishing to camp for a night.
Located on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, Multnomah Falls is a 620-foot waterfall that also features various trails, a lodge and a restaurant. A trail leads to the top of the falls, allowing an area for hikers to picnic or relax on the banks of the waterfall. The trails continue further out, allowing for an excellent day activity for those looking for a nice hike. The Multnomah Falls Lodge contains a restaurant and numerous rooms. Room rates vary with each season.
The town of Astoria is well-known from its appearance in several Hollywood films such as "Kindergarten Cop" and "The Goonies." A seaside town on a major artery of the Columbia River, Astoria has several inexpensive activities for those looking to get away. Fort Steven State Park is in the area, featuring numerous trails and camping sites. The waterfront is home to many restaurants specializing in everything from seafood to steak. Astoria is also known for its burgeoning art scene with a variety of art shows and art walks throughout the summer season.
Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park is located in Klamath County on Mount Mazama. As the deepest lake in the western hemisphere, Crater Lake was created after Mount Mazama's peak collapsed after a string of volcanic explosions. The national park has trails for hiking and bicycling as well as sites for camping.
Article Written By Travis Ames
Travis Ames has written for numerous publications since 2007 and has been writing instructional articles online since 2010. His areas of expertise are wide and include travel, politics, arts and entertainment, technology and finance. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon where he will begin teaching in the fall of 2011.