Shorter days and chillier nights signal winter steadily approaching, though fall foliage is still at or close to peak in many areas of the state. Surround yourself in Oregon’s bountiful beauty from art walks and hilly hikes to relaxing strolls through stunning parks, gardens and college campuses. With the onset of wintery weather conditions in some areas, be certain to visit tripcheck.com before taking off on your adventures around the state.
Eugene, Cascades & Coast
The fall color change is starting to fade in higher elevations and at peak at lower elevations of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Celebrate the delicious diversity of Oregon’s wild mushrooms at eight participating restaurants during Mushroom Madness Week or acquaint yourself with Eugene’s thriving arts scene on the First Friday Art Walk. Rev up your romantic side with a trip to the Last Resort Players’ Cabaret in Florence or revisit Romeo and Juliet in a performance from the Eugene Ballet Company. Winter weather is rapidly approaching higher elevations, and could cause Highway 242 to be closed soon.
The fall color change is at peak along some parts of the Oregon Coast, while some locations are near peak. The big leaf maple are at their brightest, while the vine maple have already begun their descent around the Tillamook Forest Center. Find some beautiful stretches of color along Highway 26 to Seaside or make your way to Golden and Silver Falls for some stunning sights. Tickle your taste buds with imaginative dishes at the Oyster Cloyster Festival, find bright works of art at the First Saturday Art Walk in downtown Seaside, or mingle in a mixture of music, poetry, theater and art at the Annual Stormy Weather Arts Festival.
The fall color change is at peak in the Oregon Wine Country. Drive along Walnut Road toward Philomath Boulevard to view a variety of oranges, golds and reds painting the hills in the northern end of Corvallis. Savor a scenic drive before taking in an assortment of events at Oregon State’s homecoming. Enjoy a walk along the Willamette University campus or experience physical comedy at its funniest at Foolz! featuring Wells and Woodhead. Warm up with some hot cider and a doughnut at E-Z Orchards.
The fall color change is at peak in the Greater Portland area. Find the fiery foliage at its finest at Multnomah Falls and the Portland Japanese Garden, where leaf peepers will see a spectacular diversity of plants in an array of changing color. Head to Hoyt Arboretum where maple, ash, larch and dogwood don their harvest hues.
Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge
The fall color change is at peak in Mt. Hood Territory and along higher elevations of the Columbia River Gorge. Get your final fill of fall at Rasmussen Farms’ Pumpkin Funland or gain an early start on your Christmas shopping at the sixth annual Holiday Craft Bazaar. Catch a family-friendly performance of Foiled, A Frantic Fairytale about Villains Experiencing Failure at the Historic Barclay Theatre. Sample some savory wines while viewing a variety of unique paintings at Art, Women & Wine or try to solve a murder mystery at Murder In The Gorge.
The fall color change is starting to fade in Central Oregon, though some spots are still at peak. Take a stroll through Drake Park in downtown Bend or head along the Deschutes River to gain a glimpse of the area’s final days of peak color. Shuffle through the leaves on the First Friday Art Walk or let your eyes wander at the Wildfire Pottery Showcase. Surround yourself with some vibrant colors while watching a sunset at Smith Rock State Park.
The fall color change is at peak in the higher elevations of Eastern Oregon, while lower elevations are near peak. Traverse your way through the Blue Mountains Scenic Byway or wander through historic – and colorful – Baker City on the First Friday Art Walk. Catch a glimpse of migrating birds on the fly at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The fall color change is at peak in Southern Oregon. Lake County’s aspen are vibrant with reds, oranges and yellows. Highway 140 provides plenty of scenic options either by car or foot. Head west to Cottonwood Lake or take your trek north for a relaxing respite at Aspen Ridge Resort. Bring your appetite to the fifth annual Food & Wine Classic in Ashland before seeing a play during the closing weekend of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.