5 Oregon Scenic Places You Definitely Want to Visit this Spring

DISCLAIMER: Our posts may contain affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, you won't pay a penny more, but we'll get a small commission, which helps to keep the lights on. Thanks!

Spring comes to Oregon earlier than some parts of the country making it a fine time to visit some of the Oregon scenic places that are cluttering up your bucket list. But if you’re looking for ways to enjoy an Oregon in spring, we have 5 of the most scenic places that are sure to knock your socks off. So, pull out your travel planner and start filling it with these great Oregon spring break ideas or thoughts for summer travel.

Koosah and Sahalie Falls

The hike around Koosah and Sahalie falls is one of the Oregon destinations to day dream about, with twists, turns, dips, and inclines. Most surprisingly, it’s also a place where intense daredevils practice their craft.

slackliner resting on his line in front of Sahalie  Falls in Oregon
  • Save

On a warm and typical day at the falls, you can expect to find slackliners gathering near the top awaiting their turn to slide across or walk the thin ribbon cord. The view from the line is breathtaking, but not for the faint of heart as the adventurers certainly know their craft.

For the rest of us, the over two and a half mile hike begins near Sahalie Falls. The trail leads to the top for an up-close and personal view of the rushing water. It then meanders up the river  and around to the other side before leading you down the hill to the top of Koosah Falls.

The trail winds you through large fir trees with scents that should be bottled and inserted into a candle. Once you pass a slightly obstructed side view of Koosah falls, the trail continues to follow the decline until you reach the Carmen Reservoir.

Koosah Falls seen through the trees
  • Save

This stunning hike loops back across the river and to the bottom of both Koosah and Sahalie Falls before returning you to the parking lot. At the bottom of Koosah falls, you may even see some crazy cliff jumpers plummeting into the cold water at the base.

The Sahalie and Koosah falls trails provide an enjoyable way to take in views of one of the most scenic places in Oregon. The trail features moderate terrain and plenty of trees to provide shade during a warm Oregon spring day.

Oregon Caves: An Iconic Oregon Destination

The Oregon Caves feature plenty of wonder and history to occupy your thoughts this spring. This Oregon destination is one we highly recommend you plan to see.

The 15,000 feet of cavernous underground passageways of the Oregon Caves were discovered in 1874. They have a long history of tourism and failed business attempts.

Today, the caves are part of the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve and see over 80,000 visitors per year. Cave tours are available daily and with many options.

Caver formation at Oregon Caves National Monument, one of Oregon's scenic places you can't afford to miss.
  • Save

The main cave tours have you follow a guide through the safer and partially man-made pathways inside the natural wonder of the cave. You can dive deeper into the caves with the off trail caving tour. This tour takes small groups for a real caving experience. You’ll crawl on your stomach, duck down low and make your way through natural passageways as low as 19 inches tall.

The Oregon Caves is one of the most famous and scenic places in southern Oregon, so this spring is a perfect time to plan your cave experience!

Silver Creek Falls- The Oregon Spring Waterfall Destination

One of our best springtime Oregon destinations is Silver Falls trail. What better way is there to burn off all those snacks you’ve eaten over the cold winter months than to take the 7 mile ten waterfalls hike?.

Oregon spring rainfall cascadies in front of a large cavern at Silver Falls, one our favorite Oregon scenic places.
  • Save

Silver Falls State Park is home to 10 waterfalls, hiking, picnicking, camping, horseback riding areas, and youth camps. Aside from the 7 mile waterfall trails, shorter loops and out and back trails will take you directly to many of the falls. In addition, 35 additional miles of trails crisscross around the state park and can be accessed by hikers, horses, dogs, and bikes.

View of waterfall from behind at Silver Falls State Park, one of the most scenic places in Oregon
  • Save

If you’re looking for spring break ideas, there are few scenic places in Oregon that pack this kind of punch. The Silver Falls lodge even offers rooms and dining options, so hwy not make it a multi-day experience.

Where to Go for a Scenic Drive this Oregon Spring

Zumwalt Prairie with blue sky and green grasses is one of the most beautiful Oregon scenic places.
  • Save
© Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

Did you know Oregon had a perfectly intact grassland near a vast canyon? Neither did we.

If you’re wondering where to go for a scenic drive, The Zumwalt prairie is one of the most scenic places in eastern Oregon just 24 miles from Joseph. During the late Oregon spring, the prairie features tall grasses which sway in the breeze among brightly colored wildflowers.

Zumwalt Prairie with Oregon spring wildflowers in front and range fenceland in the background
  • Save
© Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

The Buckhorn Lookout provides vast canyon views that will make you want to stop and sit for a while. Actually, bringing a picnic lunch is highly recommended for this trip.

A variety of wildlife can also be seen at this Oregon destination. On this trip keep your eyes peeled for elk, cougars, eagles, coyotes, bobcats and more.

The road through the prairie and up to the lookout can get a little rough, so it is best to drive slowly and take a vehicle with great tires and good ground clearance. The trip will take you far out away from civilization, so be sure to fill up your fuel tank, as well as your food and water rations before taking the trip.

Thompson Mills- One of Oregon’s Historical Scenic Places

Thompson Mills is one of the most unique places to visit in Oregon. Built in 1858, this destination is located in Shedd Oregon, at the site of what used to be the town of Boston. In 1871, the Oregon California railroad laid its tracks just a mile from the mill. Soon after, the residents abandoned the town and relocated to the tracks, in what is now called Shedd, and the town of Boston disappeared overnight.

Thompson Mills with white silos and green grass is a historic Oregon destination
  • Save

Thompson Flouring Mills stood as a staple to the small Oregon community for many years, and saw several additions and expansions. By the mid 40’s the mill had stopped processing flour and instead switched to producing animal feed until the closure in 2002.The mill building now stands alone, with just the Mill Keepers house by its side.

Today, the Mill is an enjoyable and relaxing Oregon spring destination. With many outdoor experiences, it’s definitely best to visit during a sunny late spring day.

This underrated scenic place offers guided tours hosted by the rangers who are stationed there. The tours outline the history of the Thompson Mills, as well as how the mill works. For a couple short minutes, your tour guide will power up a small section of the mill to showcase its function as well as previous working conditions.The mill used to be water powered, but today, the demonstrations use electricity.

Interior of Thomsom Mills
  • Save

Outbuildings outside the Mill provide opportunities for additional exploration, as do the dam and mill pond. The nearby Mill Keeper’s house is not open for visitors, but we highly recommend taking a look at the architecture on the exterior.

Scattered about the lawns, you will find chickens and ducks begging for food. Small vending machines dispense poultry treats for just a quarter, so be sure to bring some change!

Thompson Mills provides a great opportunity to learn about local history in an immersive way. It’s also a great place to stop and enjoy a warm spring day with your family.

Get Dreaming Today

Now that we’ve provided you with travel inspiration for some of Oregon’s destinations, be sure to bookmark this page for easy reference once it’s time to get out and explore again.


Ali Patton

Ali is a travel blogger for Seconds to Go, where she shares her experiences traveling the U.S. with her co-blogger Mom, Kathleen. She is also an avid Disney travel enthusiast, and with multiple Disney World trips under her belt, is a knoweldgeable resource for all things related to Disney vacations. Ali can be found managing the Seconds to Go social media accounts as well as the famed Double Z Farm pages on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.

Thanks for Joining Our Adventure

mother-daughter travel bloggers looking up at old growth tree in Oregon's Valley of the Giants

We're Kat and Ali, a pair of mother-daughter travel bloggers exploring the U.S. We're sharing our experiences, tips and insights to help you more easily get out and explore the beautiful landscapes and places of this nation.

FOLLOW US

pinterest icon
Instagram icon
Facebook icon
Twitter
follow us in feedly

#Seconds2go

More Oregon Adventures

airline baggage carousel black bags
  • Save

8 Ways to Make Your Luggage Stand Out When Traveling

January 12, 2024

Share via: 0 Shares Pinterest 0 Facebook 0 Twitter 0 Reddit 0 Mix 0 Flipboard 0 LinkedIn 0 Email 0 Pocket 0 Tumblr 0 While flying can be the most convenient way to travel, let’s face it – the baggage claim can process is always a bit of a headache. Ever noticed how most suitcases … Read more

Trail of Molten Lands Featured image
  • Save

The Trail of the Molten Land- Newberry Volcano

August 24, 2023

Share via: 2.4K Shares Pinterest 2.4K Facebook 0 Twitter 0 Reddit 0 Mix 0 Flipboard 0 LinkedIn 0 Email 0 Pocket 0 Tumblr 0 The Trail of the Molten Land, located outside of Bend, is an easy trail that brings hikers to an alien planet. In reality, you stroll through a roughly one-mile of lava … Read more

IMG 6153 1
  • Save

Trekking the Shimmering Path: A Guide to Oregon’s Big Obsidian Flow Trail

August 16, 2023

Share via: 297 Shares Pinterest 297 Facebook 0 Twitter 0 Reddit 0 Mix 0 Flipboard 0 LinkedIn 0 Email 0 Pocket 0 Tumblr 0 The Bog Obsidian Flow Trail winds through the youngest lava flow in Oregon. The roughly one square mile area is made up of glossy black obsidian and pumice stone. This hike … Read more

Newberry National Volcanic Monument featured image
  • Save

Nature’s Raw Power on Display: Exploring the Geologic Wonders of Newberry Volcanic Monument

July 19, 2023

Share via: 144 Shares Pinterest 144 Facebook 0 Twitter 0 Reddit 0 Mix 0 Flipboard 0 LinkedIn 0 Email 0 Pocket 0 Tumblr 0 The Newberry National Volcanic Monument in central Oregon combines 54,000 acres of land to feature lakes, lava flows, lava tubes, unique geologic formations, and some of the best views of the … Read more

two women in shadow inside a lava tube cave in central Oregon
  • Save

Descending into the Abyss at Lava River Cave Oregon

July 9, 2023

Share via: 297 Shares Pinterest 297 Facebook 0 Twitter 0 Reddit 0 Mix 0 Flipboard 0 LinkedIn 0 Email 0 Pocket 0 Tumblr 0 Even as you’re descending into the giant maw of Lava River Cave near Bend Oregon, you’re thinking the usual thoughts that accompany steps into the subterranean. Will I see stalactites or … Read more

Lava cast Forest featured image
  • Save

Oregon’s Lava Cast Forest: Nature’s Sculpture Garden in the Heart of the Pacific Northwest

June 28, 2023

Share via: 216 Shares Pinterest 216 Facebook 0 Twitter 0 Reddit 0 Mix 0 Flipboard 0 LinkedIn 0 Email 0 Pocket 0 Tumblr 0 Oregon’s lava cast forest is located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument and features an important remnant of the Earth’s early volcanic history. Hikers of all abilities can enjoy the paved … Read more

Woman standing on a rock outcrop overlooking a beautiful valley in the United States.
  • Save

Home Comforts for the Foreign Traveler Visiting the U.S.

May 3, 2023

Share via: 26 Shares Pinterest 26 Facebook 0 Twitter 0 Reddit 0 Mix 0 Flipboard 0 LinkedIn 0 Email 0 Pocket 0 Tumblr 0 If you’re looking to travel abroad, there are plenty of excellent spots to hit up in the US. In fact, there is no shortage of experiences to keep you busy, and … Read more

Woman looking at phone while traveling on a bus
  • Save

11 Ways to Keep Personal Data Secure on Mobile Devices While Traveling

March 24, 2023

Share via: 220 Shares Pinterest 220 Facebook 0 Twitter 0 Reddit 0 Mix 0 Flipboard 0 LinkedIn 0 Email 0 Pocket 0 Tumblr 0 The world is becoming increasingly mobile. With all our private details stored in smartphones, tablets, and laptops, these devices have become our indispensable companions. Unfortunately, the ever-ready connectivity can also make … Read more

make money traveling AdobeStock 117205271
  • Save

4 Ways to Make Money While Traveling

March 17, 2023

Share via: 220 Shares Pinterest 220 Facebook 0 Twitter 0 Reddit 0 Mix 0 Flipboard 0 LinkedIn 0 Email 0 Pocket 0 Tumblr 0 Traveling is an incredible experience. Making money while doing it can make it even more thrilling. You are not alone if you are adventurous, want to see the world, or dream … Read more

dogs walking at MInto Brown Island State Park
  • Save

Explore Minto Brown Island Park: The Most Dog-Friendly Place in Salem

March 16, 2023

Share via: 1.7K Share Pinterest 353 Facebook 1.3K Twitter 0 Reddit 0 Mix 0 Flipboard 0 LinkedIn 0 Email 0 Pocket 0 Tumblr 0 Minto Brown Island State Park is the perfect dog lover’s paradise. This riverfront West Salem park offers walking, hiking, jogging, and swimming, all with the option to take man’s best friend … Read more

Ali Patton

Ali is a travel blogger for Seconds to Go, where she shares her experiences traveling the U.S. with her co-blogger Mom, Kathleen. She is also an avid Disney travel enthusiast, and with multiple Disney World trips under her belt, is a knoweldgeable resource for all things related to Disney vacations. Ali can be found managing the Seconds to Go social media accounts as well as the famed Double Z Farm pages on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.

Leave a Comment