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Cannon Beach, Oregon

Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

In the 19th century, adventurous settlers traveled in wagons over the Oregon Trail to fulfill the nation's Manifest Destiny at this Pacific Northwest outpost. Today, Oregon retains some of the rugged frontier spirit of these forbears; its populace defies generalization, from indie rock stars ...

In the 19th century, adventurous settlers traveled in wagons over the Oregon Trail to fulfill the nation's Manifest Destiny at this Pacific Northwest outpost. Today, Oregon retains some of the rugged frontier spirit of these forbears; its populace defies generalization, from indie rock stars to loggers to environmental activists; the diversity is mirrored by the state's geography, as jagged surf-pounded coasts yield to lush, rain-soaked mountain forests and hardscrabble southeastern deserts. 

In the north, the grand Columbia River Gorge is a windsurfing mecca, and nearby Mount Hood's volcanic slopes are blanketed with snow and skiers in the winter. On the state's 363 miles of all-public coastline, dramatic cliffs give way to sandy dunes, lighthouses and charming seaside towns. The Willamette Valley, in the northwest, is the most populated and fertile terrain — oenophiles will have no difficulty filling an itinerary with stops at the increasingly prominent wineries, which have produced spectacular vintages of Pinot Noir and other varietals. The city of Portland is a bohemian, eco-friendly urban center with serious cosmopolitan art, cuisine and culture.

bird icon Recommended Luxury Hotels in Oregon

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels offer impeccable accommodations and high levels of personal service. Only the best of the best make our list, so we rate them on a scale from bird icon 90 to 100.
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