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It's no secret Oregon is a quirky place. From roadside attractions to massive bookstores, 80s-movie backgrounds and 16th-century London theater replicas, Oregon offers some of the most unique attractions you can imagine.
Famous American artifacts are found here, like the Spruce Goose, and even 62-acre cliffside shrines – so let’s get started.
Found along the Columbia River on the Oregon Coast, Astoria is an incredibly scenic seaside town.
Astoria features icons like the Astoria–Megler Bridge and Astoria Column, which you may recognize from The Goonies, Kindergarten Cop, Short Circuit, Free Willy, and much more.
The Spruce Goose
You’ve heard the name, we know. But, did you know you could see Howard Hughes’ massive H-4 Hercules aircraft in northern Oregon?
The Goose, and plenty of other military and aerospace relics, are on display at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville near Newburg.
Allen Elizabethan Theatre
Best known for hosting the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the incredibly impressive Allen Elizabethan Stage is located Ashland.
Found on campus at Southern Oregon University, the Allen Elizabethan stage is pretty great replica of the 1599 Fortune Theatre stage in London.
Powell's City of Books
While in Portland, you can’t miss the massive Powell's City of Books – found in downtown’s Pearl District.
One of the largest independent book stores on the planet, Powell’s covers 68,000 square feet, or 1.6 acres, or a full city block – whatever you prefer.
Hood River County Fruit Loop
An Oregon attraction if ever there was one, the Hood River County Fruit Loop is located in – you guessed it – Hood River.
Found in the largest pear-growing region in the country, the 35-mile Fruit Loop courses cyclists past cute fruit stands, scenic vineyards, microbreweries, and picturesque farms for alpacas, lavender, and more.
Silver Falls State Park
Oregon's largest state park, Silver Falls State Park covers 9,000 acres located about 20 miles from Salem. Of course the park features hiking and biking paths, picnic spots, and all your usual park stuff – but this one has some stunning waterfalls.
You'll want to trek the Trail of Ten Falls, offering of course 10 waterfalls along the path. Throughout the park, don't miss the 93-foot Lower South Falls, the 177-foot South Falls, or the 178-foot Double Falls – the highest waterfall in Silver Falls.
The park also offers the Silver Falls State Park Concession Building Area – a U.S. Historic district found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
For more fun in Oregon, check out the rest of the Beaver State's truly unique attractions.
Located in northern Oregon, the Bridge of the Gods is set in the town of Cascade Locks, crossing the Columbia River Gorge.
Named after the natural land bridge set nearby, this steel truss cantilever bridge is operated by the Port of Cascade Locks.
Completed in 1926, the Bridge of the Gods spans over nearly 2,000 feet, with a clearance of 140 feet.
Found 40 east of the Portland metropolitan area, the Bridge of the Gods is included as part of the Pacific Crest Trail – the 2,663-mile National Scenic Trail.
Located in the city of Gold Hill, the Oregon Vortex is a roadside attraction and tourism staple of southern Oregon. Conveniently located just off of Interstate 5 near Grants Pass, the vortex was a former storage shed of the Old Grey Eagle Mining Company.
Today, the vortex is open daily from early March to the end of October. Curious travels are welcome to stop at both Mystery House and the Curios Shop and concessions during their visit.
Found in the northeast sector of the Portland metro area, the Grotto is a popular and oft-visited Catholic shrine and sanctuary.
Officially known as the National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother, The Grotto in its entirety is 62 acres of pristine Pacific Northwest greenery.
Holiday visitors to Portland are in for a mesmerizing display – each December, The Grotto shines bright when they install their huge holiday light display.
Whether you subscribe into the Catholic faith and are seeking a spiritual connection on your visit to Portland, or if you're simply intrigued by the history and lore, make plans to visit the Grotto.