South Sister and Broken Top, reflected in Sparks Lake
From natural beauty to natural bounty, there’s far more to Oregon than quirky Portland and massive Crater Lake. For a whirlwind glimpse at some of the Beaver State’s incredible diversity, consider a weeklong drive to uncover memorable beach, valley and desert experiences with these suggestions on where to stay, what to eat and how to best appreciate each spot.
The most iconic of Oregon’s coastal beaches, Cannon Beach is home to towering Haystack Rock. Thanks to dramatic shifts between high and low tides on the expansive beach here, the 235-foot sea stack is approachable during low tide, and the resulting tide pools reveal plenty of sea stars and vibrant pink anemones.
Thanks to the Oregon Beach Bill, all of the state’s beaches are public so you’ll have unrestricted access no matter where you stay, but beachfront vacationing is at its best at Stephanie Inn. Snag an oceanview room to add a private beachfront balcony to the impressive list of amenities included in every room at this boutique property (gas fireplace, Jacuzzi tubs, binoculars for bird spotting, lanterns for nighttime beach strolls, morning paper, and a kitchenette stocked with water and soft drinks)…