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The beautiful state of Oregon in the Pacific Northwest is packed with memorable and fun things to do and places to visit in the winter. If you’re looking to plan a trip here, here are seven hidden gems off the beaten path to visit in this state this winter.
1. Yachts, Oregon
Home to stunning views of the Oregon coast as well as historic lighthouses, Yachats, Oregon is a beautiful place to visit any time of year. However, it also offers some unique winter giveaways. For example, head to the Heceta Head Lighthouse to see their Christmas celebration, which features holiday light displays and live music.
2. Explore Mount Bachelor
If you enjoy outdoor winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, you won’t want to miss Mount Bachelor. This beautiful mountain is home to some of the best winter sports opportunities in the state, and Mount Bachelor Ski Resort offers multiple lifts as well as on-site dining.
3. Relax at McCredie Hot Springs
Get back to nature and enjoy a warm, relaxing soak in McCredie Hot Springs. Located along Salt Creek in the Willamette National Forest, McCredie Hot Springs is a series of fairly accessible pools with temperatures ranging from 98 to 110°F on average. Because of this potentially higher range, you’ll probably want to test the temperature before you jump in.
4. Visit Bend, Oregon
The city is a bit smaller than the more well-known Portland, but it’s still a great place for a getaway. you’ll want to visit the old Mill District to enjoy exploring a number of restaurants, local shops, and even Riverside trails if it’s not too cold. Another fun thing to do when you’re in Bend is look for cross-country skiing opportunities. Head to Meissner Nordic, for example, for a fun day in the snow. There are also a number of places that offer ski equipment rental for those who don’t have their own.
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5. Go to the cosmic pipe
Head to Mount Hood for a snow tubing experience that’s anything but typical. Dubbed the best party on the mountain, this high-energy nighttime event features laser light shows, music, and even the occasional fireworks display to create a truly unique backdrop for snow tubing. Due to the popularity of the event in recent years, reservations are required.
6. Visit 10 Mile Sno Park
If you like winter recreation, this is the place for you. The 10-mile snow park offers incredible opportunities for various winter sports, including snowmobiling. It’s also a great place to enjoy a hike in the snow and take in the stunning Oregon scenery. 10-Mile Sno Park is located about 40 minutes outside of Bend, which means it can be a great afternoon trip for those visiting the city. There are also a number of hostels nearby for those looking to enjoy a weekend getaway.
7. Go whale watching
During the winter, gray whales migrate along the Oregon coast as they head toward warmer waters. This makes winter a great time to see them. The Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center is a great place to catch a glimpse of some whales.
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