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For those of you who love to travel, enjoys history, art, and scenic views and along with the outdoors then this list will be for you. I have personally picked five towns just in the state of Oregon that I thought you guys would be interested in looking into.
1. Astoria, Oregon
Have you seen the-the 1985 film The Goonies? Well of course you have, and if you haven’t then stop what you’re doing and watch it, you have not lived until you see this movie. In Astoria, Oregon is the all so famous Goonies House. You can not go inside of it, but you can view the outside, there is a private residence living inside the home so try not to disturb them. And if that’s not enough for you, the town hosts the Goonies Celebration every year in June. Astoria is the oldest U.S settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. The city also has the Columbia River Maritime Museum; the museum has a national reputation for the quality of their exhibits. You can learn about the Columbia River Bar, one of the most dangerous passes in the world. Astoria also has the Lois and Clark National Historical Park. The town is also located on the Pacific Ocean.
2. Florence, Oregon
Another great town by the ocean is Florence Oregon. The city offers many scenic views, including the beautiful hike at Heceta Head Lighthouse. After you take the forest walk from the beach up to the lighthouse, there is a spot that has benches for you to sit down and enjoy the view that looks over the beach and the ocean. Florence is also home to the Historic Old Town. It’s a small town located inside the small town of Florence, funny right? Historic Old Town is set along the Siuslaw river; it offers many different art galleries, boutiques, antiques, and restaurants. The town also hosts many exciting events and festivals such as The Rhododendron Festival, which I try to attend every year myself. The festival usually has a parade, a bunch of booths, and even rides for everyone. The town is also located by the south jetty dunes, so you and your family can rent a dune buggy and ride around on the sand and by the ocean.
3. Brownsville, Oregon
The next town I am going to tell you about was settled in 1846 but also is where another great film was created. The 1980’s movie Stand By Me was filmed in parts of Brownsville Oregon, and yes once again if you have not seen this film then you have to. The town is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and has buildings dating back from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The town also has a twenty-six-acre Pioneer Park and The Moyer House Museum.
4. Joseph, Oregon
For those of you who like native American history then this next town is just for you. Joseph Oregon is a town named after the Nez Perce chief Joseph. Joseph is a great town for your history, art, and outdoor lovers. The town is by the Wallow Mountains and Eagle Cap wilderness. The town is known to be referred as the ‘Little Switzerland of America,’ the area offers hiking trails that can vary anywhere from easy to difficult. And for you artists, the town’s main street is lined with bronze statues created by artists including Shelley S. Curtiss and Steve Parks.
5. Jacksonville, Oregon
Finally, we come to the last town that I would like to tell you about, Jacksonville, Oregon. This city has a past that is rooted in the gold rush, with over a hundred buildings listed on the National Register of Historic places this makes it the perfect town for taking historic tours. You can also explore the area’s wineries as it’s situated at the entrance of the Applegate Valley Wine County.
These are just small towns located in Oregon; it’s crazy for you to think about how much more is out there in all the other states. So before making your final decision about where you want to visit, make sure you look into all the other states and what their small towns have to offer you.