Best Things to Do in Oregon in the Fall
From wine and craft brews to hiking and biking, Oregon has something for everyone as the air becomes crisp and the leaves turn color. Stay at one of the conveniently located hotels near the airport in Medford, OR and check out one – or all! – Of these great things to do in Oregon this autumn.
- South Willamette Valley Wineries. Did you know the Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) has over 500 wineries and six sub-AVAs? That’s enough to keep even the most diligent oenophiles occupied for a lifetime. While many visitors to the area travel the well worn wine trails to the north, the wineries in South Willamette Valley are truly special. Start with wineries along Highway 18 and meander onto Route 200 before alighting in Junction City where gems like Pfeiffer Winery can be found.
- Portland Bike and Brew Tour. Portland boasts both a vibrant bike scene and over 65 breweries within city limits so it was only a matter of time before bike and brew tours became a thing. For a self-guided beer and bike odyssey, start at Burnside Street, home of the Burnside Brewing Co. From there, hit the Hair of the Dog Brewing Company in the warehouse district. Head east for a visit with the Green Dragon and then north to Coalition Brewing before rounding out your tour to the southwest at Apex. Keep in mind; you don’t have to enjoy an entire pint at each stop. Instead, share tasting trays and don’t forget to eat. Always drink responsibly and never ride while intoxicated.
- Owyhee Canyonlands. If you’re up for adventure, Owyhee Canyonlands has plenty to offer. Referred to as, “Oregon’s Grand Canyon,” the red rock spires and impressive volcanic landscape are nothing like the lush, green forests usually associated with the Beaver State. Hike the wilderness trails or raft down the rapids of the Owyhee River. Camping in the area is spectacular at night, as the area offers some of the lightest pollution-free skies in the Lower 48. No matter what you choose to do, leave your cell phone behind as there is no coverage.
- Hiking and Backpacking. Oregon is gorgeous year round but fall has a special beauty, especially for those who enjoy hiking and backpacking. You can’t go wrong with the Wallowa Mountains, Eagle Creek Meadows, Bonny Lakes or the Obsidian Trail.
For those seeking adventure in autumn, any of these outings is sure to please.