Located in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon boasts charming small towns, beach communities, and bustling cities perfect for a weekend getaway. You can check out the art and restaurant scene in Portland, or settle into a spacious house featuring ocean views. Look forward to exploring acres of state and national parks, as well as embarking on adventures replete with hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. Book a stay at an Oregon vacation rental today. When deciding on a destination for your next weekend trip, take a look at the eight best weekend getaway spots in Oregon.

1. Astoria

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Astoria is the first pick for a weekend getaway from the history lover in your family. This small town is actually the first American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. Hop on the Astoria Trolley to see all the beautiful sights and the bustling waterfront area. The Maritime Museum offers a look at this town’s rich history as a port town, while the Bumble Bee Cannery Museum gives you a look at the fishing and canning industry. Located in an old jail building, the Oregon Film Museum provides a look at America’s rich cinematic history. Take a tour with the It’s All Good Guide Service to see the best outdoor locations.

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2. Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach
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The coastlines of Oregon offer their own stark beauty with large rock formations, cliffs that tower over the water, and beaches. In Cannon Beach, you find a fun village that offers the chance to soak up the sun and enjoy the natural beauty. The bravest of your family can take to the skies with a zipline tour at High Life Adventures. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, visit the Lost Art of Nursing Museum to learn more about this noble profession. Start out the day right with breakfast at the Pig ‘N Pancake, and end it with a hearty meal at Warren House Pub, where you can sit by the fireplace in cold weather and out on the patio in warm months.

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3. Eugene

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The friendly city of Eugene has something for everyone in your family. Take the kids to the Science Factory, a children’s museum filled with hands-on exhibits and a planetarium to help them understand the world around them. Learn more about flight and space at the Oregon Air and Space Museum. Get out and get active with some rock climbing at the nearby Skinner Butte Park, or put on hiking boots for a day at the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail. For some good food that’s locally sourced, start with McMenamins North Bank, Beppe and Gianni’s Trattoria, or Cafe 440.

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4. Yachats

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Enjoy a low-key weekend getaway on the coast with a vacation rental in Yachats. While away your days walking on the beach, exploring the tide pools, and flying a kite on a breezy day. Make sure to drive over, or at least by, the historic Yachats Covered Bridge. Cape Perpetua is a popular hiking area with views of the ocean, dense forest trails, and lighthouses. Take a walk through the downtown area and stop in some of the cools shops, such as Made In Oregon Store, Toad Hall, and Dark Water Souvenirs. You can stop and grab a cup of Joe at the Village Bean or a sweet treat at the Bread and Roses Bakery.

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5. Portland

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Spend some time in the big city with a weekend in Portland. If you take kids with you, spend an afternoon at the Oregon Zoo, which sits on more than 60 acres, and learn more about the park’s conservation efforts. When you’re faced with a rainy afternoon, Portland Children’s Museum offers hours of fun and learning with hands-on exhibits. Enjoy the green spaces at the city’s professionally landscaped gardens at the Portland Japanese Garden and the International Rose Test Garden. In the evenings, wander through the Pioneer Courthouse Square. It’s a public space in downtown with an active art scene and street performers.

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6. Hood River

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Pack your fishing gear and bring your boat for a weekend getaway in the small town of Hood River along the river of the same name and the Columbia River Gorge. Launch your boat from one of the public launches to spend the day puttering around the lake. In the evenings, wander around the small downtown area, checking out some of the local shops and restaurants, including Bette’s Place Restaurant, The Crazy Pepper Cantina, and G. Williker’s Toy Shoppe. Gather the family in the car for the Hood River County Fruit Loop that provides some of the freshest fruits and veggies available in the area.

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7. Klamath Falls

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As part of the Oregon Trail, Klamath Falls offers a rich history of both settlement and the Native American cultures from the area. Don your hiking boots and check out several of the trails in the area, including the Link River trail. On a rainy afternoon, keep kids entertained at the Children’s Museum of Klamath Falls with its play-to-learn environment. You can learn more about the local history at the Favell Museum and the Klamath County Museum.

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8. Brownsville

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Enjoy small-town life in Brownsville. You might recognize some of the homes, streets, and scenery from the movie “Stand by Me.” The folks in this town are so proud of Brownsville’s part in the movie that they hold a celebration each year on July 23 to remember. Take a tour of the Moyer House while in town, or just spend the day wandering through the downtown area and surrounding countryside. Take the family to The Brownsville Saloon, then stop at Divine Coffee and Ice Cream for dessert.

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