Why Oregon May Be America’s Most Breathtaking State

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America is filled with beautiful places but you’d be hard pressed to find any other like Oregon.   What may be the country’s most breathtaking state, Oregon is a coastal paradise with magnificent beach scenery as well as being packed with glistening lakes, soaring mountains, rivers and countless waterfalls, like Toketee Falls pictured above. Renowned for its graceful columnar basalt formation that frames it, the 113-foot falls include a 28-foot upper tier which plunges into a pool flanked by a deep alcove, followed by an 85-foot plunge into a large pool.

Multnomah Falls

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One of the most photographed waterfalls in the world, Multnomah plunges more than 600 feet as the “granddaddy” of the 77 waterfalls found on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge – only three falls in the entire country are higher.

The Coast

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The Oregon coast is one of the most breathtaking on earth, boasting 363 miles of rugged shoreline, with tide pools and hiking trails to explore, glorious sunsets to watch and picturesque lighthouses to visit. The scene pictured above was taken from Ecola State Park just north of Cannon Beach, featuring its iconic landmark in the distance, Haystack Rock.

Crater Lake

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Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, and few others on earth can compare to its intensely blue color, not to mention its sheer surrounding cliffs that tower to nearly 2,000-feet high.

Three Sisters

Three Sisters

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The Three Sisters are three volcanic peaks in the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the Cascade Range, South Sister, pictured above, is the state’s third tallest mountain at 10,358 feet.

Thor’s Well

Thors Well

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Thor’s Well, also known as the Spouting Horn, is a salt water natural fountain is off the coast of Cape Perpetua. At its best during a winter storm or high tide, this is also when its at its most dangerous.

Portland Japanese Garden

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Even in the city spectacular sights can be found, like Portland’s Japanese Garden, home to this magnificent Japanese Maple tree.