Oregon Discovery Trails


Oregon truly is The Land of Discovery.  When the Lewis and Clark Expedition first caught  sight of the mouth of the Pacific Ocean from the Columbia River in 1805, Captain Clark wrote of the “Great joy in camp.” Then later in the 1840’s when the first emigrant wagon trains made their way over the Rocky Mountains, pioneers sang about it, dreamed about it: they were bound for Oregon…the Promised Land.

Today, visitors from around the world are also inspired when they first discover the scenic grandeur and abundant beauty of Oregon. Follow the historic Lewis and Clark Expedition and Oregon Trail pioneer trails and make your own discoveries in Oregon for an unforgettable vacation that will give you a lifetime of wonderful memories.

Oregon’s North Coast


This self-guided auto tour includes Portland, Astoria and the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Warrentown, Lewis and Clark National Historic Park Fort Clatsop, Seaside with the famous Seaside Aquarium, Cannon Beach with its great boutiques and Haystack Rock, Manzanita and Nehalem Bay State Park, Tillamook and its world-famous Tillamook Cheese Factory, the Three Capes Scenic Loop, Pacific City, and the Willamette Valley and historic Oregon City.

Mt. Hood & The Columbia River Gorge

An Oregon Discovery Trail

This self-guided auto tour includes the Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Waterfalls, The Dalles, Mt. Hood National Forest, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort and Barlow Pass, Hood River, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Sandy and Jonsrud Viewpoint, Phillip Foster Farm and historic Oregon City with its End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

Eastern Oregon

An Oregon Discovery Trail

This self-guided auto tour includes the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, historic Baker City and the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Wallowa Lake State Park, La Grande, the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway, the Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway, Pendleton with its famous Pendleton Woolen Mills and annual Pendleton Round Up, and the huge McNary Dam.

Southern Oregon

An Oregon Discovery Trail

This self-guided auto tour includes Klamath Falls, Crater Lake National Park, Cascade-Soda Siskiyou National Monument, Tub Springs State Park, Ashland, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Applegate Valley Wine Trail, Medford, Jacksonville, Grants Pass, the Oregon Caves National Monument, Great Cats World Park, Sunny Valley, Canyonville, the Cow Creek Tour Route, Myrtle Creek, Roseburg, the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, Diamond Lake and the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway All American Road.

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