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Oregon at a Glance

Oregon is a diverse state filled with natural beauty. The coastal regions feature rugged, picturesque headlands and cliffs as well as the famous sea stacks and arches. Further inland and at a higher elevation, the land dries up and becomes semi-arid.

Portland is the state's most famous city and is populated with coffee shops, bookstores, art galleries and fine dining. The city is very bike-friendly. Further south, Oregon's state capital, Salem, rises up out of the fertile Willamette Valley. The Willamette Valley is home to large-scale agriculture as well as several wineries.  

Ancient volcanic activities formed Crater Lake. Crater Lake National Park is Oregon's only national park and helps visitors understand and explore the striking geography of the region. To the north, skiers, hikers and outdoor adventurers play on Oregon's tallest peak, Mount Hood. 

Oregon is a large state, but the population is centered around Portland in the northern, coastal region of the state. To the east, farmers live high up on plateaus and the development and population are much more rural in nature.  

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Popular Places
  • Crater Lake National Park Crater Lake National Park
  • Cannon Beach Cannon Beach
  • Mount Hood National Forest Mount Hood National Forest
  • Seaside (OR) Seaside (OR)
  • Florence (OR) Florence (OR)
  • Bend Bend
  • Lincoln City Lincoln City
  • Portland Portland
  • Eugene Eugene
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Portland International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Oregon has a mild, coastal climate with lots of rain. Stay warm and dry with good rain gear. Pay attention to forecasts. 

Safety Concerns Safety varies throughout Oregon with urban areas seeing more crime than rural ones. Pay attention to your surroundings, protect your belongings and travel in groups if you are concerned about safety. 

Health Concerns Oregonians enjoy good public health and limited communicable disease. Cover your nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently to protect against common illnesses. 

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