I’ve probably spent more time in Oregon after I started fulltime RVing in 2001 than anywhere else. Since it is an incredibly beautiful state with tons of stuff to see, I’ve never complained about any of the times I’ve been blessed to be in this glorious state!
The first period was in 2002-2003 when I was still taking temp legal assistant jobs to support my travel habit. This was a little hike at Mount Hood, where we stopped to play a while before I had to get back to work in Portland.
I had only intended to be there during the summer, but once I started seeing pictures from folks who were just getting back from Alaska, I knew I just had to go there. So I ended up staying in the Portland area through the winter of 2002 before heading to Alaska in 2003. (See Malia’s RV for that trip). I absolutely loved Portland, but the dreary winter weather made me decide I wouldn’t do that again.
An unforeseen series of events led me back to Oregon in 2004-2005. But even now, I’ve often said that if I had to give up RVing, I would settle in Southern Oregon, probably somewhere in the Grants Pass area since the winter I spent there wasn’t terrible weather. The Ashland area is certainly charming, too, so it’s not like it’s an easy choice.
When I first saw the Columbia River Gorge in 2002, I couldn’t believe I had never even heard of it before! Multnomah Falls and the other cascades along Historic Highway 30, and Vista House at Crown Point are things that should be on every Oregon bucket list. Staying at Memaloose State Park puts you conveniently right in the middle of it all.
In 2005, the incomparable Oregon-California Coast was a trip I shared with my mom and we were both in awe of the scenes at every pull-off possible. In Gold Beach, we even did a Jerry’s Rogue Jetboat ride!
In 2015, I toured some of the state parks and sites on the Oregon Coast, including Cape Kiwanda, Cape Lookout, Cape Meares, Carl Washburne, Heceta Head, Oceanside Tunnel and 3 Arch Rocks. At Honeyman State Park, I rode the dunes on an ATV for the first time in my life!
I always love having beachfront property as my yard and the sunsets here can be unbelievable!
So, whether I ever settle here (or anywhere) or not, I plan to get back here for many more visits while I’m still RVing because I know for sure I still have not seen enough of it!
Links to More Oregon Info:
Oregon State Parks – Always my favorite places to stay! There are 197 State Parks, Recreation Areas, Historic Sites and so much more to keep you occupied during your stay.
Oregon State Parks Guide (2017-18) – 52 page pdf with detailed info and great maps.
Oregon National Parks – Info on the incomparable Crater Lake and other national historical parks and trails.
Jackson County Parks – Located in the southern area around Ashland and Medford. Includes Emigrant Lake, Howard Prairie, Willow Lake, Rogue Elk and more.
Oregon CGs and RV Parks – Private park listings by area.
RV Park Hunter – search by state area.
Oregon RV Park Reviews – See what other campers say about both public and private RV parks and campgrounds.
Oregon (Go Northwest) – Extensive info on adventures in Oregon with maps and breakdown by areas: Cascade Mountains, Central, Coast, Columbia River, Northeast, Portland Area, Southern and Willamette Valley
Travel Oregon.com – Oregon is just a place with a bunch of mountains and lakes and trees and beaches and those kinds of things. That said, we do want you to visit. Really, we do. But please, don’t all come at once.
SouthernOregon.com – Southwest Oregon is known for its mild climate and 4 distinctive seasons. The Rogue Valley is known as “pear country,” and you can see trees from the old orchards around town. There are several local award winning wineries & vineyards. We cover Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass, Jacksonville, Phoenix, Talent, Rogue River, Rogue Valley up to Canyonville and Roseburg and all of Southern Oregon.
Rogue River Valley – Southern Oregon is divided into three main river basins; the Umpqua River, the Rogue River, and the Klamath Basin. All three rivers have their headwaters in the Cascade Mountains on the slopes of Crater Lake. The Rogue River is a designated National Scenic River, and formed much of the backdrop for the Meryl Streep movie “The River Wild.” Jet boat trips and white water rafting are popular.
Historic Rogue River Loop – Info on local area attractions and activities along the famous Rogue River Loop Area.
Oregon Hot Springs – Every hot springs in Oregon is listed here, complete with statewide map, individual hot springs maps, map quads and GPS coordinates. Some hot springs listings have descriptions, directions, access information, pictures and video.