Yeah, big cities like Portland tend to take up the bulk of attention in Oregon. But really, it’s the small towns that dot the state that really are the heart of this place. Most of us, even if we grew up in a major metropolis have roots in smaller communities, where perhaps our grandparents taught us good, old-fashioned values, where everyone knew each other, and where we developed our sense of community. Here are several towns in Oregon that hold a special place in the state’s heart.
A century ago this place was a bit of a boom town. Now it’s more ghost town, but is still an intriguing place to visit.
“Coburg Oregon antique store” by M.O. Stevens – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
This town in Lane County, has a population of just under 1,100 and is known for its Golden Years parade… Especially great for visiting during the summer.
8) Cottage Grove
“Cottage Grove Historic District” by Visitor7 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Make sure to actually get off the freeway and get acquainted with this place’s charming downtown – it’s so charming in fact that it appeared in movies like Animal House.
7) Depoe Bay
“Depoe Bay entrance sign P1905” by EncMstr – EncMstr took this photo, rotated to be vertical, cropped and exposure balanced it. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Your quintessential Oregon beach town, it’s famous for fishing, chowder, and for being the filming site of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” starring Jack Nicolson.
Newport is equal parts touristy beach town and home to working-class fishermen, unloading their booty on the docks.
3) Cannon Beach
“Cow elk near haystack rock, Cannon Beach, OR” by John Fowler from Placitas, NM, USA – Dawn at HaystackUploaded by PDTillman. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
This is a haven for Portlanders who want to spend some time on the coast. And why shouldn’t it be? it’s got an artistic vibe, mixed with the vast views of the ocean, with Haystack Rock peaking out.