Top things to do

Top Choice Park in Yachats

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

Located 3 miles south of Yachats, this volcanic remnant was sighted and named by England's Captain James Cook in 1778. Famous for dramatic rock formations and crashing surf, the area contains numerous trails that ex…
Top Choice Park in Portland

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

This popular riverside park, which lines the west bank of the Willamette River, was finished in 1978 after four years of construction. It replaced an old freeway with 1.5 miles of paved sidewalks and grassy spaces, …
Top Choice Park in Salem

Silver Falls State Park

Oregon's largest state park, Silver Falls, 26 miles east of Salem on Hwy 214, is an easy day trip from Portland, Salem and Eugene. It offers camping, swimming, picnicking, cycling and horseback riding. Best of all a…
Top Choice Museum in The Dalles & Around

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

This excellent museum covers the history of the gorge, from its creation by cataclysmic floods to the hardships pioneers had traversing it, to early settlements and transport in the area to the construction – and co…
Top Choice American in Portland

Imperial

Opened by long-adored Portland chef Vitaly Paley (of Paley's Place), the Imperial – attached to Hotel Lucia – is huge in scale but fastidious and detail-oriented in approach. The kitchen is built around a massive wo…
Top Choice Aquarium in Newport

Oregon Coast Aquarium

The region's top attraction, this cutting-edge aquarium is especially fun if you have kids along. Marine celebrities include seals, sea otters and a giant octopus (or two), and there's an impressive deep-sea exhibit…
Top Choice Cafe in Nehalem & Wheeler

Rising Star Cafe

Just a handful of tables sit in this fine restaurant, which looks more like a greasy-spoon shack. The exquisitely prepared dishes will soon set you straight, however: there's San Francisco–style cioppino with roaste…
Top Choice French in McMinnville

Bistro Maison

This European eatery is one of McMinnville's, and the region's, best restaurants, serving up exceptional French dishes like duck confit, cassoulet (casserole with meat and white beans) and coq au vin (chicken braise…
Top Choice American in Portland

Laurelhurst Market

Hugely popular and vegetarian-unfriendly is this hip and meaty spot, where grass-fed steaks, pork chops and moules frites (mussels with French fries) dominate the menu. Just be prepared to wait, unless you have a re…
Top Choice Italian in Portland

Ava Gene's

This renowned trattoria-inspired eatery – owned by Duane Sorenson, who founded Stumptown Coffee – serves rustic Italian cuisine, with exquisite pasta and vegetable dishes as highlights. Exceptional ingredients, a gr…