Oregon is one of the states on the northern part of the west coast of the US. It's located in the Pacific Northwest and is a state known for biking, craft beer, and the great outdoors. This state is one that a lot of people visit every year and it's not hard to see why. There's so much to do in Oregon and it's definitely worth taking a trip to this state.
Going skiing or visiting one of the many craft breweries around the state is definitely a fun option for if you visit, but there are so many other things to do in Oregon. If you're looking to have a uniquely fun time while visiting, there are a lot of things you can do there that most people would never think of.
To see 10 unique things to do in Oregon, keep reading.
10 The Allen Elizabethan Theatre
Located in Ashland, Oregon is one of the oldest Elizabethan theaters in the United States. For people that love history, theater, or just want to be entertained for a little while, visiting the Allen Elizabethan Theatre is something that cannot be missed.
The Allen Elizabethan Theater is an open-air theater that was opened back in the 1930s and opened with a showing of a play by William Shakespeare called Twelfth Night. This theater is modeled after one in London that would have held Shakespearean performers when he was actually alive.
9 The Witch's Castle
The Witch's Castle is located in the woods just outside of Portland, Oregon. It's technically not a castle and not the home to any witches, but it is a super spooky location that has a lot of rumors attached to it and has become a popular destination for people that are into the paranormal.
The Witch's Castle was built in the 1930s, near the land where a man named Danford Balch had lived in the 19th century. Balch was the subject of the first legal execution in Oregon. This structure was once a bathroom for hikers, but fell into disrepair and became the subject of some strange urban legends.
8 The Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum
Kum Wah Chung & Co. opened its doors in the late 19th century when it was purchased by a pair of Chinese immigrants who had moved to John Day, Oregon. Even before they opened this shop, one of them was already known for treating patients through herbal remedies that he had produced.
The location became a store that Ing "Doc" Hay, the doctor that had become so renowned by fellow Chinese immigrants and Oregon natives alike for his treatments, ran. It was open until the 1940s when Doc was injured and had to abandon the store exactly as it was. It was reopened as a museum in the 1960s and has been left to look exactly like Doc's store would have in the early 20th century.
7 The Bagby Hot Springs
In the late 19th century, a gold rush brought a lot of people to Oregon. A man named Robert Bagby was among them and he was definitely not the only person to come to Oregon hoping to find gold and strike it rich. Although he didn't become a successful miner, he did make a name for himself in Oregon and that name still lives on.
Located in Clackamas County, Oregon is Bagby Hot Springs, named after Robert Bagby himself. It was built in the 1930s and the bathtubs that were built for this bathhouse and hot springs were made from giant cedar logs. If you're looking for somewhere to relax and take a dip in the warm, fresh, water, check out these historic hot springs.
6 The Octopus Tree Of Oregon
Oregon is a state that is known for a lot of beautiful, natural sights. From places to ski to forests to hike through, there are a ton of beautiful things to do around the state of Oregon.
One of these is located in Tillamook, Oregon and is known as the Octopus Tree of Oregon. It's easy to see why this tree is called the Octopus Tree. This giant tree is believed to be a few hundred years old and, although it is a really popular tourist destination in Oregon, no one really knows why it grows this way. It has a massive base and then multiple thick pieces of the body of the tree that grow out at curves and angles.
5 The Portland Troll Bridge
The Portland Troll Bridge is located in Portland, Oregon and is a really unique tourist destination in Oregon. This state is one that has a lot of super unique and interesting things for people visiting the state to see and the Portland Troll Bridge is definitely one of them.
Portland is a really unique town and the Portland Troll Bridge is only one of the strange things you'll see there. If you go along McNamee Road, a road that cyclists ride along because of its challenging inclines and hills, you'll find wooden planks stacked up and covered in troll dolls and troll drawings. The collection has been growing for years and is a quirky part of Portland's culture.
4 The Hat Museum
There are museums dedicated to just about everything. From body parts to food and works of art, you'll be able to find a museum for anything you want if you just look around the world a little. In Oregon, there are a lot of museums but none of them are quite as unique as Portland's Hat Museum.
The Hat Museum is located in Portland, Oregon and is dedicated to showcasing hats through different periods in history. It's located in a house that was built in the early 20th century and has a really strange design. Inside, the quirkiness continues as the walls are lined with hats of all kinds. Men's and women's hats, vintage and novelty hats, and designer hats are all on display in this museum.
3 The Enchanted Forest
Enchanted Forest is located in Turner, Oregon and is just as magical of a place as the name makes it sound like. It was built by Roger Tofte, a native to the area, and opened in 1971. Enchanted Forest is an amusement park that was completely built by Tofte and has been growing and expanding ever since it first opened.
This whimsical location has multiple rides, a water and music show, and gift shops throughout the park for visitors to pick up souvenirs to remember their trip by. The park has been a family project for the Tofte family as Roger's daughter composed the music for the rides and shows. Pretty cool, right?
2 The Grotto
The Grotto, also known by its full name which is The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, is a Catholic shrine and garden that even people that don't consider themselves Catholics just can't help but be drawn to when visiting Portland, Oregon.
This Catholic sanctuary spans over more than 60 acres and has dozens of statues, plants, and ponds for visitors to look at and enjoy a moment away from the busy streets of Portland. Mass is even held here on a regular basis with a special ceremony that takes place during Christmas for people that are practicing Catholics or just want to experience a service here.
1 The Voodoo Doughnut Shop And Wedding Chapel
What's a trip to Portland without going to their infamous Voodoo Doughnut shop? This bakery was opened in 2003 and is open 24-hours a day for anyone that has a serious sweet tooth and wants to stroll into this infamous Portland eatery. And if you're feeling romantic, weddings can even take place in the location.
Voodoo Doughnut now has multiple locations in different parts of the country, all of which have become really famous with foodies for their unique and quirky baked goods. If you're planning to visit Portland, this is one stop that can't be left off your bucket list.