Oregon is one of three mainland US states with a Pacific Coast. “The Beaver State” has a diverse landscape with a splendid coastline, volcano ranges, abundant lakes and rivers as well as lush, evergreen forests. Before Western settlers arrived, Oregon was largely populated by Native American tribes and today, the state is the 9th largest state in the United States. On top of that, Oregon is one of the most visited states in the US due to its lush natural scenery, making it a wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.
To truly get to see all the wonders Oregon has to offer, you will have to get out of your vehicle, hike along the many trails and feel the lush nature. One of the state’s most exciting destinations is the mighty Mt. Hood. Its snowy peak, that dominates Oregon’s landscape from miles and miles away, features eleven independent glaciers and six thrilling ski areas operating year-round. Not only can you go skiing here, but also relax at one of the many lodges, with a glass of wine in your hand in front of the fireplace. In the spring, the valleys are filled with blossoming wildflowers and lavender, while berries, apples and pears grow here in the summer and fall. Mt. Hood is not only a great hiking, biking and skiing destination, but the perfect scenic hike or drive, starting in the town of Hood River all the way up to the mountain.
While Oregon is home to a 363-mile long coast, this is not a place to relax in the sun and get a tan. Oregon’s Pacific coastline invites you to come and explore a different kind of beach experience. Here, you can find some of the best waves for surfers. You will forget all your troubles when splashing in tide pools, exploring lighthouses and wandering the many trails along the beach. The best part is, Oregon’s coast is the ideal place for whale watching, with gray whales being the most frequently seen. The Painted Hills are also part of the exciting wonders you have to visit in Oregon. Millions of years of history are displayed before your eyes in the different colored layers of the hills. The claystones also change their hue as soon as the light and moisture levels vary.
Portland is a vibrant city in the Pacific Northwestern region of Oregon. The city is famous for its diverse restaurant scene, live music, and even hiking. The 40 mile-long trail at Forest Park is of the largest urban parks in the United States and the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city while not actually leaving the city! Portland is also rich in entertainment options, including art galleries, bookstores, city gardens, vintage arcades, small boutique shops and hip coffee shops. As you can see, Portland is nothing but an exciting place to visit.
Not only is Oregon a gem on the Pacific Coast filled with natural wonders and vibrant cities, the state is also home to a wide range of prestigious schools. Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and Portland State University are the best schools in the state and renowned for their high-quality programs all across the nation. Taking your TEFL/TESOL course in Oregon will give you countless opportunities for job positions in the ESL field across the globe.