You can see a lot of Oregon from behind the wheel of a car or from the seat of a motorcycle.
Oregon has more scenic byways and tour routes than any other state. The state is home to more than two dozen scenic byways, which lead to beautiful hikes.
Consider the following drives:
Umpqua river Scenic byway. There is a charming little pioneer town called Oakland which only claims 927 residence. They host historic buildings and antique shops. To get there, you can follow the Umpqua River to the northwest on Highway 138. The drive includes beautiful views of working farms, a covered bridge, forests, lakes, and the Dean Creek Elk viewing area. The end of the drive takes you to the coastal town of Reedsport on the lovely Winchester Bay in the heart of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
The Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway. If you leave the town of Roseburg and head east, you can follow the Umpqua River. This section of road includes many opportunities for hiking and waterfall views. You’ll pass diamond Lake in the thick Umpqua National Forest. You will be treated to views of Mt. Theilsen and Mt. Bailey. Eventually you’ll pass Crater Lake.
Starting at the north entrance of Crater Lake, there is a six-mile-wide caldera which contains the deepest lake in North America. You can visit the lodge and take in in views of Wizard Island or you can hike down to the crystalline water.