Steeped in natural beauty, there is virtually no place in Oregon one cannot visit without finding something beautiful to post on Instagram. For many, the first place they go to begin planning their next trip to Oregon is the popular social media picture sharing site, Instagram. And what better place to go then to view the amazing pictures as shared by the locals themselves.
Here in Oregon, we love our natural landscapes. But, if there is something we love more than just these landscapes themselves, it’s enjoying them, too. Although there are many different places that offer visitors and locals alike a spectacular experience, here are ten favorite Instagram-ready spots to take pictures from in Oregon.
10 Favorite Oregon Instagram-Ready Spots To Take Pictures
Smith Rock is a personal favorite to view pictures from on Instagram. Smith Rock State Park is an American state park located in central Oregon’s High Desert near the communities of Redmond and Terrebonne. Its majestic cliffs of tuff and basalt are ideal for rock climbing of all difficulty levels. And after taking a look at just a few pictures on Instagram of Smith Rock, you’ll know why its also ideal for taking pictures as well.
Cannon Beach and its epic Haystack Rock is arguably one the most favorite spots in the state for sharing a picture. Whether it’s as dawn breaks or as the sun sets, scrolling through pictures of Cannon Beach never gets old. For a city that only encompasses 1.54 square miles, it’s beach view, which features the 235 feet high Haystack Rock, makes for the perfect Instagram road trip. Coincidentally, Cannon Beach was also featured in the motion pictures, The Goonies, Point Break, and Twilight.
Famous for its deep blue color and water clarity, Crater Lake is a caldera, or large volcanic crater, lake in South-Central Oregon. Within Crater Lake are two islands. These two islands were formed from a cinder cone that had erupted after Crater Lake had begun to fill with water. The islands are named Wizard Island and Phantom Ship. Whether from the sky as you fly over in a plane, or deep within the winter as snow covers its surroundings, Crater Lake is a favorite go-to spot for Instagrammers traveling through Oregon.
Located along the Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls is one of those places Oregonians, living in the Portland area most always take their out of state visiting friends to see. Not only is Multnomah Falls the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon, it is also the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States. Visually dividing the upper falls and the lower falls, visitors can hike to the top crossing the famed Benson Footbridge along the way. The upper falls drops an astounding 542 feet while the lower falls drops 69 feet.
If one finds themselves traveling along the Columbia River Gorge, there is no better spot to stop on a clear day for an amazing view then that of Crown Point. Located off the Historic Columbia River Highway, Crown Point offers the visitor a breath taking panoramic view of the Columbia River. Crown Point stands 733 feet above Columbia River and was the result of a lava flow that occurred anywhere from 14-17 million years ago. It is also a National Natural Landmark.
The Pittock Mansion arguably offers the best spot for Instagrammers to take pictures of Oregon’s largest city, Portland. Visitors to Pittock Mansion, a French Renaissance-style château in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon, are rewarded with the entire cityscape of the Rose City. And on clear days, the view is punctuated with Mount Hood directly to the East to help make for an amazing photo opportunity.
Trillium Lake is located just 7.5 miles from Oregon’s tallest mountain, Mount Hood. Trillium Lake is a favorite spot for photographers as it offers, on clear days, an amazing reflection of Mount Hood.
Located on the central Oregon coast at Cape Perpetua, Thor’s Well is a favorite spot in the state for Instagrammers. Best seen an hour before high tide, the power of the ocean’s tide is what drives this salt water fountain. Although, please note, high tide and winter storms can make this spot a dangerous one.
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is in east-central Oregon where visitors are treated to colorful rock formations along the John Day Fossil Beds which have preserved a world class record of animal evolution, changing climate, plants and past ecosystems that span over the course of 40 million years.
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Spanning 40 miles along the Oregon coast from Coos Bay to Florence, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is a unique area of windswept sand that is the work of wind and rain erosion that has taken place over millions of years. The Oregon Dunes are the largest expanse of coastal dunes in North America, with some dunes reaching upwards of 500 feet above sea level. The classic science fiction novel Dune was partly inspired by author Frank Herbert’s research on the Oregon Dunes.
Of course, these are just a few of the many incredible places in Oregon to both visit, and then to share on Instagram. Which of these amazing photo op places in Oregon have you visited and shared pics of?