Love cannabis and travel? 12 reasons Oregon is the place for you

Sam Laird
May 13, 2019

Explore Oregon, lifted.

From its spectacular variety of natural wonders to quirkiness galore, Oregon may offer more enjoyment per square mile for the cannabis-friendly vacationer than any other state in America.

Voters approved recreational marijuana in 2014, but Oregonians have been enjoying the blessed sacrament since long before that amid their towering conifers, rugged coastlines and picturesque small towns.

[SEE ALSO: It’s 4:20 in Portland – time to stretch those legs]

Now, with Eaze delivering in Portland and summer around the corner, we offer a beginners’ list of ideal destinations for those who enjoy travel, cannabis – and most of all, those two things put together.

You certainly don’t need marijuana to have a great time in these 12 places — but they do pair nicely. And of course, as always, be sure to enjoy respectfully and responsibly!

[Note: Eaze currently delivers only in Portland. Not all of these destinations will have service, so plan accordingly!]

Portland

Eaze now delivers cannabis on demand in Portland! [photo by Scott Oller]
From cultural meccas like Powell’s City of Books, to legendary munchie spots like the original Voodoo Doughnut, to kitschy ephemera like a 30-foot Paul Bunyan statue built in 1959, Oregon’s largest city has something for cannabis consumers of every stripe. Go for an urban hike in the city, and know that when you order from Eaze, you’re getting the state’s best licensed and tested buds from Kaleafa, our local, family-owned dispensary partner.

Astoria

Abandoned railroad tracks in Astoria, Oregon [Getty Images]
The setting for 1985’s classic flick The Goonies, Astoria is a charming port town perched above the Columbia River. With beautiful Victorian homes, a semi-secret network of enchanting walking paths, museums and much more, it’s the perfect place for a whimsical weekend away.

Bagby Hot Springs

Tubs at Bagby Hot Springs [Oregon.com]
Natural hot springs surrounded by old-growth trees in the Cascade Mountains? OK! This special place located inside Mount Hood National Forest has long been a local Oregon favorite and is a sublime spot to discover the wonders of nature. You can camp nearby or day-trip in.

Enchanted Forest Amusement Park

An Oregonian named Roger Tofte started building this Salem-area attraction by hand back in 1964. It remains a unique, endearing throwback to a simpler place in time with rides and other attractions including a water-light show and an Old West village. In other words: the ultimate spot for a goofy day out with your bud(s).

High Desert

The Painted Hills in the High Desert of Oregon [Getty Images]
Oregon isn’t all dewy forests and skyscraping trees, as this surreal region east of the Cascades illustrates to astonishing effect. Be sure not to miss the Painted Hills, where layers of stratified sediment create a multihued landscape that will have you questioning reality.

Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort

This colony of treehouse accommodations located near Cave Junction epitomizes Oregon’s offbeat side. It also offers arts and crafts classes, has more than a mile of ziplines and even hosts occasional workshops on treehouse design and construction.

Three Sisters Wilderness

Proxy Falls at Three Sisters Wilderness in Oregon [Getty Images]
Named for its three peaks of more than 10,000 feet, this massive protected area has more than 260 miles of hiking trails, including part of the legendary Pacific Crest Trail. Whether you want to go off the grid for several days or just several hours, there are options for various levels of ambition. Visit the U.S. Forest Service site for information on permits and other regulations.

Sylvia Beach Hotel

The Sylvia Beach Hotel in Oregon [sylviabeach.com]
A great home-base for exploring Oregon’s stunning Pacific coastline, the ocean-view Sylvia Beach Hotel features an imaginative twist: its themed rooms celebrate literary classics. Included among the selection are habitations with Harry Potter, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dr. Seuss and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest motifs.

Oregon Bigfoot Festival

Do you believe? The legendary, hairy, upright-walking Bigfoot creature is said to inhabit forested areas of the Pacific Northwest, including Oregon. So it makes perfect sense that Troutdale, located just east of Portland, is home to an annual festival celebrating the mythical Sasquatch. This year’s edition takes place in August.

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park in Oregon [Getty Images]
The deepest lake in the United States is full of crystalline water inside a crater formed by the collapse of a volcano nearly 8,000 years ago. It’s equally gorgeous in every season and offers plenty to do whether you prefer simply grokking nature’s beauty or more active pursuits like cycling, hiking and camping. Want more info? Here’s where to start.

The Sloth Center

This … is … a … photo … of … a … sloth [Getty … Images]
Sloths, man: suuuper chill. This education-focused sanctuary center located in Rainier offers all manner of sloth encounters — even weddings and sleepovers. Plan ahead, though: It’s by appointment only and bookings are limited (probably no thanks to Kristen Bell).

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls in Oregon [Getty Images]
Yes, there might be crowds. But that’s for good reason: Multnomah Falls is, as you can see, incredibly breathtaking and photogenic. The two-tiered waterfall tumbles more than 600 feet, with its signature bridge spanning the middle pool. It’s also a great central point from which to check out the surrounding Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

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