Senior Citizen Travel to Oregon

Nov 30th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Here is the “official” travel guide to planning an Oregon vacation. This is a “one stop” link that seems to have it all together. The interactive map is loaded with several links to explore the state from the 363 miles of Pacific coastline to the eastern snow-capped peaks that look down on rolling hills, complex desert lands and wild rivers.

The site invites seniors to dig in and explore the entire state thoroughly while investigating Portland, the Pacific Coast, the Willamette Valley, Mt. Hood/The Gorge and the Southern, Eastern and Central areas of the state. Oregon is a dramatic land of many changes. From the rugged Oregon seacoast, to the high mountain passes of the Oregon Cascades, the lush greenery and magnificent waterfalls, and the stony lava beds and Ponderosa pines of the high desert, Oregon’s natural beauty is here for all seniors to enjoy.

The earliest known use of the name, spelled “Ouragon”, was in a 1765. The term referred to the then–mythical River of the West (the Columbia River). By 1778 the spelling had shifted to Oregon. Oregon is called “The Beaver State” because of the association of beavers with the early history of the state.

My daughter and her family recently visited friends who live near Crater Lake. The entire family returned home totally fascinated with the area. After viewing these photos, you’ll see why. Crater Lake National Park is host to a diverse array of activities and is one of our country’s crown jewels. The Lake has inspired people for hundreds of years. Formed more than 6,500 years ago, it is the only lake to be formed in the remains of a volcano and its crystal-blue waters are known around the world. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom. The first name given to it by non-native Americans was simply Deep Blue Lake. Perhaps that was not such a bad name, because the best description one can offer is to say that it is the bluest blue in all the world. And deep? It is 1,949 feet (594 m) deep which makes it by far the deepest lake in the United States, the deepest in the Western Hemisphere and the seventh deepest in the world (Lake Baikal in Russia ranks #1 at 5,369′). 

A Place Called Oregon is loaded with state history. Being a “trivia-holic” myself, I loved this site featuring facts on the state. Do you like webcam views like me? Check these out.

Hells Canyon incorporates a 71-mile stretch of the fantastic Snake River Canyon. The black basalt walls give a forbidding appearance to North America’s deepest gorge, although some points are much lower. This national showcase holds 652,488 acres of beauty and adventure, where you can let your senses run as wild as the landscape. It is ten miles wide and is our country’s deepest river gorge at 7,993 feet and the most important feature of Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. The canyon was carved by the waters of the Snake River, which plunges more than a mile below.

Known as “The City of Roses”, Portland is a major port city with it’s grand bridges crossing the great Columbia River  and The Willamette as they join beneath modern skyscrapers and pine covered mountains. The snowcapped peaks of the surrounding cascades can be seen from the City that is an historic and cultural center with art and education it’s heart. Portland is one of America’s biggest and most beautiful cities and with a population just over half a million, has often been called the big city with the small town feel. And seniors, it has more restaurants and movie theaters per capita than any other U.S. city, so enjoy.

Do you like to look through state travel guides like I do? They are great for travel planning. Here is a free guide for Oregon or you can subscribe for a free Travel Oregon Magazine. In preparing these daily senior travel guides I come across many websites designed for travel. I found the first site at the top of this travel blog to be excellent. Here the state has done a super job of selling Oregon tourism. If you love Ducks (Anatidae) or prefer Beavers (Castor canadensis), Oregon’s finest will be ready for your visit.     jeb



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