One of the best things about owning a small RV is road tripping and in Oregon there are many great opportunities to see some outstanding scenery while your driving. The first of these is a drive through Zion National Park, Oregon’s first national park, which has some of the most rugged narrow canyons in the United States. Color abounds in these canyons being a deeper red color at the bottom and becoming lighter and lighter as they rise to the sky until they are almost white. Some of the canyons will appear purple in color and the sunlight really makes them all the more beautiful. The area features 207 species of birds so bird watchers will love this drive.
Another wonderful drive is the coastal highway known as 101 which runs 110 miles along the coast. This drive is dotted with small communities along the ocean and also the thick Oregon forests along its curvy route. Along this route is Seaside with its 1.5 mile beachfront promenade. , Another stop is Tillamook where visitors can visit a cheese factory and watch the cheese being made. Cape Meares State Park has a lighthouse that welcomes visitors to tour it. Cape Lookout State Park is a fascinating place to explore with many opportunities to hike in the forest and on the nature trails. Watching the tidal pools here is truly a fascinating experience. Visitors should also plan a stop at Garibaldi where they can take a historic train ride. A wonderful campground is located at Nehalem Bay State Park. Visitors here can ride horses, fish and kayak. The area has frequent storms and the clouds can be very beautiful. Watch along the ocean because whales are a frequent visitor. Opportunities also abound to fish and hike along this trip.
Another outstanding drive in a small RV is a circle loop around John Day and Canyon City. In John Day one should make time to visit the Kam Wah Chung and Company Museum to learn about the history of the gold rush. One should continue to Canyon City and the Historical museum to learn more about the gold rush. Other outstanding sites on this trip include Picture Gorge, Blue Basin, Fossil, and Painted Cove.
These drives with a small RV are outstanding ways to enjoy the natural beauty of Oregon. One will want to take lots of photos of these memorable drives.