Oregon has amazing landscapes and a rich and storied history. 
We hope you will take some time while you are here to explore.


Here are a few highlights you might consider.
Portland / Corvallis & Valley / Coast

PORTLAND AREA:

 

The Oregon Historical Society

1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
http://www.ohs.org/

The Oregon Historical Society is dedicated to making Oregon’s long, rich history visible and accessible to all. For more than a century, they have served as the state’s collective memory, gathering and preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, films, manuscripts, books, and oral histories.  You can find out more about their Oregon History Project here.

The Citizenship Initiative has been proud to partner with OHS
on several of our Portland area events.

  Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday; 
Noon - 5 p.m. Sunday

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

1953 NW Kearney St
Portland OR 97209
http://www.ojmche.org/

The artifact and archives collections at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education document the experiences of Oregon Jews from our earliest history through today. We are the community repository for family, business, and institutional history, documenting Jewish life in Oregon through photographs, oral history interviews, artifacts, music, and written records.

By merging with two other collecting institutions over the past 20 years, OJMCHE has acquired a collection that is far older than the Museum itself. The holdings of the Jewish Historical Society of Oregon, including 150 oral historyinterviews of some of Oregon’s first Jews, came into the Museum’s care in 1995.
 

Tuesday & Thursday 10:30a - 4:00p;  Wednesday 10:30a - 4:00p; 
Friday 10:30a - 3:00p;  Saturday & Sunday 12:00 - 4:00p

 

 
 

Lewis and Clark National Historic Park / Fort Clatsop

92343 Fort Clatsop Road
Astoria, Oregon 97103

http://www.nps.gov/lewi


Explore the timeless rainforests and majestic coastal vistas. Discover the rich heritage of the Native people. Unfold the dramatic stories of America's most famous explorers.  The park encompasses sites along the Columbia River and the Pacific Coast. Follow in the footsteps of the explorers and have an adventure in history.

Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 Fort Clatsop

The Rice Northwest Rock and Mineral Museum

26385 NW Groveland Drive
Hillsboro, OR 97124
http://ricenorthwestmuseum.org

The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals houses a world-class collection recognized as the finest in the Pacific Northwest and one of the best in the nation.  Located just west of Portland, Oregon, in Hillsboro, the Museum showcases not only fine rocks and minerals, but also fossils, meteorites, lapidary art, and gemstones from both the Pacific Northwest and all around the world.
 

Wednesday through Friday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM,
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

 Rice Nothwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals

The Pittock Mansion

3229 NW Pittock Drive
Portland, OR 97210
http://pittockmansion.org

was home to Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919. During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, their lives and work paralleled the growth of Portland from a small Northwest town site to a thriving city with a quarter million population. With its eclectic architectural design and richly decorated interior, including family artifacts, the Pittock Mansion stands today as a living memorial of this family’s contributions to the blossoming of Portland and its people.

The Pittock Mansion offers an impressive array of historical information for novice and seasoned historians alike. Generations of history and art are collected in a single place. They range from the architecture and the treasured collections of time-period furnishings and artifacts to the fascinating stories about how Henry and Georgiana Pittock contributed to shaping Portland’s destiny.

The Pittock Mansion Society takes pride in the meticulous efforts made over many years by dedicated staff members and volunteers to preserve the past in a way that evokes dialogue, awe and imagination. We present ongoing exhibits that reflect artistic talents from the turn of the 20th century.
 

11AM – 4PM Daily

 Pittock Mansion

 

The World Forestry Center

4033 SW Canyon Rd,
Portland Oregon 97221

http://www.worldforestry.org

Located in Portland’s beautiful Washington Park, our 20,000 square foot museum is sure to delight anyone from ages 3 to 103.  Visitors will be both educated and entertained as they learn about the importance of forests and trees in our lives, as well as environmental sustainability.  Built in dramatic Cascadian style architecture, the stunning Discovery Museum has been a Portland icon since 1971. Visitors can take a wet-free raft ride, see the forest from a bird’s-eye-view, learn about different people who work in the forest, and “travel” to Russia, China, South Africa and Brazil to discover how those regions are utilizing their forests and the challenges they face.

Open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

 World Forestry Center

 Pioneer Courthouse

700 SW 6th Avenue,
Portland, Oregon 97204

http://pioneercourthouse.org

Pioneer Courthouse is the second-oldest federal courthouse west of the Mississippi River.

Judge Matthew Paul Deady, the Oregon Territory's pre-eminent jurist and subsequently Oregon's first federal judge, requested in the early 1860s that the federal district court be moved from Salem to Portland, thereby initiating the effort to make Portland its home.  Completed in 1875, Pioneer Courthouse has remained at the city's geographic and commercial center.

Open for self-guided tours between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM,
Monday through Friday

 Oregon Pioneer Courthouse

Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

http://portlandartmuseum.org/

Founded in late 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions, drawn from the Museum’s holdings and the world’s finest public and private collections.

The Museum’s collection of more than 42,000 objects, displayed in 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The collection is distinguished for its holdings of art of the native peoples of North America, English silver, and the graphic arts.

Open 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday,
10:00 AM-8:00 PM Thursday and Friday

 Portland Art Museum

Museum of Contemporary Craft (MoCC)

1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

http://portlandartmuseum.org/

Founded in 1937, in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art is a vibrant center for investigation and dialogue that helps expand the definition and exploration of craft. Through dynamic exhibitions and provocative public programming, supported by the Museum’s collection and archives, the Museum advances the conversation on the role of craft and design in contemporary culture while at the same time honoring the history of the studio craft movement.

The Exhibition Galleries, 4500 square feet on two floors, at any time feature multiple exhibitions that look to the present, future and past of craft through the focused viewpoint of today. Along with featuring some of the leading contemporary national and international artists, exhibitions frequently draw from the rich archives of the MoCC collection, a public legacy of over 1000 objects that documents the active role of both the Museum and the Pacific Northwest in the evolution of craft over the last seven decades.

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM

 Museum of Contemporary Craft (MoCC)

Lan Su Chinese Garden

http://www.lansugarden.org

Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of Portland's greatest treasures and most interesting sites to see while visiting Portland.
A result of a collaboration between the cities of Portland and Suzhou, our sister city in China's Jiangsu province
that's famous for its beautiful Ming Dynasty gardens, Lan Su was built by Chinese artisans from our Suzhou
and is the most authentic Chinese garden outside of China. 

Much more than just a beautiful botanical garden, Lan Su is a creative wonder -- a powerfully inspiring experience based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition that melds art, architecture, design and nature in perfect harmony.

Open every day, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 Lan Su Chinese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden

http://japanesegarden.com

The Portland Japanese Garden offers events, workshops, and cultural holiday celebrations. The Garden is host to over 300,000 visitors a year who come to experience this peaceful setting of spectacular beauty. 

In 1988, His Excellency Nobuo Matsunaga, Ambassador from Japan to the United States, visited the Portland Japanese Garden and proclaimed it to be “the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan.” In 1998, His Excellency Ambassador Kunihiko Saito exclaimed over the beauty of the Garden and also agreed to its authenticity stating, “I believe this garden to be the most authentic Japanese garden, including those in Japan.”

Open Monday: noon-7pm
Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-7pm
(last admission at 6:30pm)

 Portland Japanese Garden
   

CORVALLIS AREA: 
 

Mary's Peak

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/siuslaw/recreation/recarea/?recid=42311

The county highpointfor Benton County, Marys Peak is the highest point in the Oregon Coast Range and offers a nice panoramic view of the coast to the west and of the Willamette Valley and Cascade Range to the east. On a clear day it is possible to see the summit pinnacle of Mt Thielsen to the southeast; while Mt Adams is visible to the north with Rainier barely distinguishable using binoculars. This peak also offers a nighttime view, with all the major cities of the Willamette Valley visible to varying degrees and several coastal communities noticeable to the west. Marys Peak is home to several different clusters of transmitters and radio towers, including two buildings at the summit.
 

Unlike other peaks in the coast range; Marys Peak has an alpine clearing at the top that offers skiing activities in the winter, and camping and sightseeing activities during other seasons. This grassy opening offers a pleasant area to frolick any time of the year, and its common to see people either enjoying a quiet picnic in the grass or children playing games.

Open Monday-Sunday

Day Hike, good until Dusk 

Mary's Peak 
 

Block 15 Brewing Company

 

Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery is located in the heart of historic downtown Corvallis, Oregon. We're serving up locally sourced casual food and super fresh craft beer, 7 days a week.

In 1988, His Excellency Nobuo Matsunaga, Ambassador from Japan to the United States, visited the Portland Japanese Garden and proclaimed it to be “the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan.” In 1998, His Excellency Ambassador Kunihiko Saito exclaimed over the beauty of the Garden and also agreed to its authenticity stating, “I believe this garden to be the most authentic Japanese garden, including those in Japan.”

Open:

Sunday-Thursday: 11 am - 11 pm

Friday-Saturday: 11 am - 1 am 

 Block 15
 

Sky High Brewery

http://skyhighbrewing.com/

Welcome to Sky High Brewing and Pub! Built, owned and operated by real Beavers, we at Sky High have a passion for brewing local, world-class craft beer. We brew beer to celebrate life here in Corvallis, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. We are lucky to live here and we know it.

We brew on a 10 barrel JV Northwest system made in Canby, use Crosby Hop Farm hops from Woodburn and Wyeast yeast from Hood River, and deliver our kegs around town on a cargo bicycle built in Eugene. We combine this local know-how and quality ingredients with highly skilled fermentation, cellar and draught practices to pour you spectacular ales and lagers. Cheers!

Open

Monday-Wednesday: 11 am - 10 pm
Thursday: 11 am - 11 pm

Friday-Saturday: 11 am - midnight

Sunday: 11 am - 10 pm

 Sky High

Bald Hill

http://www.corvallisoregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1219

 

Bald Hill Natural Area is a favorite of Corvallis residents. This park offers both a moderately level, 1.5 mile multi-modal path along the base of the hill and several miles of dirt and gravel foot trails that circle and climb to the summit of the hill, as well as connect to the Mulkey Creek trail and Fitton Green Natural Area. The trails pass through varied habitats of upland prairie, oak savanna, oak woodlands, riparian areas and wetlands. Wildflowers are plentiful in the spring.


 Located on the far west side of town. The multi-modal path leading into the natural area may be accessed from 3 locations: a path next to the Benton County Fairgrounds, behind the gate off of Oak Creek Rd, and at an entrance off of Reservoir Rd.  


Day Hike, good until dusk

 Bald Hill

McDonald-Dunn Forest

http://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/mcdonald-dunn-forest

McDonald-Dunn Research Forest is located a short 15 minute drive north of the OSU campus. Because of its proximity to campus, this Forest is extensively used for university instruction and research. Four distinct forest management themes, even-aged, two-storied and uneven-aged, plus reserved old-growth stands, allow side-by-side comparisons of the effects of implementing these themes. The Forest's non-motorized recreation opportunities in close proximity to the Corvallis community result in over 175,000 non-motorized recreation visits each year, another researchable opportunity. Peavy Arboretum is being developed to provide examples of all of the major eco-zones found in Oregon. The College Forests offices are located at the Arboretum.  
 

he McDonald-Dunn Research Forest consists of approximately 11,250 acres of predominantly forested land on the western edge of the Willamette Valley in Oregon, and on the eastern foothills of the Coast Range.

The Forest is in Townships 10 and 11 South, and Range 5 West, Willamette Meridian. It lies west of U.S. Highway 99 just to the north of Corvallis. The forest occupies a ridge system that projects eastward into the Willamette Valley. In general, the streams and ridges extend northwest and southeast from the main ridge. The Forest is somewhat isolated topographically from the rest of the Oregon Coast Range, residing in the rain shadow created by it. McDonald-Dunn Forest is in the "Valley Margin Zone" as defined by Juday.

 

Day hike, good until dusk

 McDonald Dunn Forest
 

Broken Yolk

http://www.broken-yolk.com/

Broken Yolk Café is located in downtown Corvallis on 3rd St. between Madison and Monroe. We are located in the “Old Burton’s” building with all new updates. Enjoy a family atmosphere with a kids play area, free wifi to customers, breakfast served all day, and for those who want to reminisce, come sit at our antique var and enjoy a top notch cup of joe!

It was important for us to speak to those who had been here over the years and even those who were coming in still expecting Burton’s to be there. People love to come in and reminisce and comment on the fun changes. Our play area speaks to the families which we definitely wanted. That way parents can relax and not feel guilty or hurried through their meals. Our tables in the back speak to the students and singles who use our game tables while they wait.

Open

5 Days a Week
7 am - 3 pm

 Broken Yolk
 

Covered Bridge

http://www.everytrail.com/guide/campus-way-covered-bridge

Two and a half miles west of the community of Wren, off Hwy. 20 on Harris Road, this bridge is currently in use. Limited height clearance – motor homes are not recommended.

The Harris Bridge was built by H. W. Fiedler to replace a covered bridge at the same site. Although Benton County records show 1936 as the construction date, some locals claim the span may have been built in 1929.

The Harris Bridge retains its rounded portal design and other features include narrow windows below the roofline to light the bridge interior and longitudinal deck planks. The siding is board and batten style, and the roof is shingled.

 

Day Hike, until dusk

 Covered Bridge

Local Boyz

http://www.localboyzhawaiiancafe.com/

Delicious hawaiian-style meat dining cuisine with out of this world macaroni salad and hawaiian rice. 


Open

Monday-Friday: 11 am - 8 pm
Saturday: 12 pm - 7 pm

 Local Boyz
 

Devil's Punchbowl, 

http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=156

State day use park on the central Oregon Coast in the United States. It is centered on a large bowl naturally carved in a rock headland which is partially open to the Pacific Ocean. Waves enter the bowl and often violently churn, swirl, and foam.[1] Outside the bowl, ocean conditions are attractive to surfers near a large offshore rock pinnacle named Gull Rock, located about 12 mile (800 m) west-northwest of Devils Punch Bowl, which funnels and concentrates waves easily seen from the park. There are at least seventeen large rocks, part of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, which provide interesting wave viewing, and attract and provide a home for wildlife.

There are no fees associated with this natural state park area.

Open every day

 Devil's Punchbowl

Yaquina Lighthouse/Head

hhttp://yaquinalights.org/

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873.

 
The offshore islands are a year-round refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Gray whales can be spotted during their annual migrations to Mexico (late fall-early winter) and Alaska (late winter-early spring).  


Open every day 

 Yaquina Lighthouse

Beverly Beach

http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=164

Beverly Beach is popular for a reason! Like magic, a well-known walkway goes under the highway and emerges to the long expanse of sandy beach extending from Yaquina Head (you can see the lighthouse from here) to the headlands of Otter Rock. When the weather cooperates, kites color the air and whip in the wind. Bring a bucket and build a sand castle! Surfers often head to the north beach, while folks looking for fossils head south.

A few steps from the ocean you'll find the forest-sheltered campground. Giant, wind-sculpted trees and nurse logs surround the campsites strung along pebbly Spencer Creek. There is a Visitors Information Center located near the registration booth where you can also purchase firewood and a few souvenirs. The children's playground is located next to the program area. The day use picnic area is a grassy spot protected from summer winds. The day use also contains a yurt group meeting hall. It's hard to believe all this is a few minutes drive from the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Yaquina Head and other prime attractions.


Open every day

 Beverly Beach

Georgie's Beachside Grill

http://georgiesbeachsidegrill.com/

You enter Georgie’s Beachside Grill and the first thing you notice is the view. The Pacific Ocean unfolds from tableside windows and sets the scene for a remarkable dining experience. Then you notice a few other things. Waiters greet people with a warm smile. Bartenders create crafted cocktails without a side order of arrogance. And kids are actually… happy to be here. It’s no wonder this restaurant is a favorite with both visitors and locals alike. 

The menu reads like it’s for a place where the jackets required are more of the polar fleece kind. There’s no Foie Gras to be found or small portions that leave you longing for more. It’s just plenty of mouthwatering authentic Northwest favorites with an emphasis on seafood. From expertly prepared halibut, salmon, Yaquina Bay Oysters, Dungeness crab and more to inventive dishes like the locals’ favorite, Diablo Seafood Pasta, every appetite will be satisfied. There’s even a delectable kids menu, vegetarian and gluten-free fare as well. 


Open every day, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m 

 Georgie's

Nana's Irish Pub

http://www.nanasirishpub.com/index.htm

From hearty pot pies to fish n' chips made with our house beer batter, delicious Reuben sandwiches and homemade soups and salad dressings, there's surely something for everyone. To accompany the tasty cuisine we offer imported beers on tap, a nice selection of wines, as well as spirits and liqueurs.

Whether you wish to feast yourself on the tastes of Ireland, listen to live music and entertainment, or sit outside and relax on our patio, be assured you'll have a great time. 


Open:

Sunday-Thurs: 11am - 11pm

Fri-Sat: 11am-12am

 Nana's Irish Pub

Oregon Coast Aquarium

http://aquarium.org/

We invite you to immerse yourself in the mysteries of the ocean. A world-class marine educational attraction nestled on beautiful Yaquina Bay in Newport, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is surrounded by an established woodland and estuary where many of the species exhibited within the Aquarium flourish in their native habitat.

The Aquarium is a living classroom for all learning styles and ages. As one of Oregon’s top tourist attractions, the Aquarium is a vital educational resource for the state, with over 40,000 students visiting the Aquarium each year. The Aquarium strives to be a center of excellence for ocean literacy and plays an active role in conservation and animal rehabilitation efforts.


Open every day, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m 

 Aquarium

Agate Beach

http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=152

Diggers, this park's for you! Razor clamming is a favorite activity as well as surfing. If you plan to visit prime Newport attractions like the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Hatfield Marine Science Center, you must stop in for a refreshing picnic at Agate Beach.

Agate Beach Wayside is situated between the new and old highway 101. There is a large parking lot with room for trailer parking. The beach access trail consists of a tunnel that goes underneath the old highway 101 to a large sandy beach area.

Open every day 

 Agate Beach

Hatfield Marine Science Center

http://www.lansugarden.org

Now in our 50th year, the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport, Oregon has evolved into a leading marine laboratory distinguished by its collaborative research partnerships. Originally established as a marine laboratory for Oregon State University, HMSC currently hosts collaborative research and education programs from seven OSU colleges and six state and federal agencies on HMSC’s 49-acre campus. HMSC is a member of the Western Association of Marine Laboratories (WAML) and the National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML). We value our extensive community and industry partnerships. With a combined budget of over $45M, HMSC is an important economic driver on the Oregon Coast.

 

As OSU’s coastal campus and a base for oceanographic research, HMSC excels in student research opportunities and experiential instruction. We host a thriving summer internship program and offer a diversity of academic programs for students from community college through post-doc. Managed by Oregon Sea Grant, HMSC's Visitor Center is a key site for public and K-12 education, and serves as a social laboratory for OSU’s Free-Choice Learning Lab.

HMSC is a resource for Visiting Scientists and Marine Science Students, combining expertise, location and infrastructure, including a world-class seawater system, experimental wet labs, and OSU’s Guin Library. We hope that you will find this website a useful guide to the activities of the Center. Feel free to contact us by phone or email if we can provide further information or help you advance your academic or research goals in marine science.

Open every day

 Hatfield

Nye Beach - Mo's Clam Chowder

http://www.moschowder.com/index.php

Pacific Northwest landmark for more than 70 years. Ask an Oregonian about clam chowder and you'll get a one word answer: Mo's!

Mo and her restaurants have been and continue to be written up in dozens of newspapers and magazines around the United States. In 1999 Mo’s Clam Chowder was a featured entrée at the first luncheon ever held in the Smithsonian Institute, which celebrated “Best American Regional Foods.” She was very proud of the notoriety, but most of all grateful for the restaurants’ popularity, and she gave back graciously to her community. Mo gave of herself completely, promoting “Newport the Friendliest,” with her time, energy and money. That legacy continues to this day in her granddaughter Cindy McEntee. For her “outstanding development of her business and her contributions to the community” Cindy was awarded the 2001 1st runner up, National Small Business Person of the Year from President George W. Bush. Cindy continues to run the business today along with the help of her daughter Gabrielle and son Dylan. In January of 2005 Cindy published a book, Mo’s On The Waterfront, Tradition Turned Legend to honor the life of her beloved grandmother and to celebrate the business she created over 55 years ago.

 


Open Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m

Friday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.

 Mo's

South Beach State Park

http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=149

Situated next to the Yaquina Bay Bridge, South Beach State Park begins in south Newport and stretches several miles down the Oregon coast. This historic park offers a variety of recreational opportunities.

The paved jetty trail provides a perfect place to jog or ride a bicycle. Forgot your bike? The Hospitality Center rents out bikes daily during the summer months.

Our equestrian trail to the beach begins at the South Jetty equestrian trailhead. Park next to the trailhead and enjoy a beautiful sunset by horseback!

A playground area and horse-shoe pits are also provided within the campground area. Interested in plants? Stop by the Hospitality Center for a self-lead native plant hike brochure, a fun hike for all ages!

Other activities around the park include fishing, crabbing, boating, surfing and beachcombing. Attractions nearby include the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, marine life exhibits at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Open

5 Days a Week

 South Beach