There are two sides to Oregon, The Pacific Wonderland. Western Oregon- the moist, damp, cloudy, rugged mountain, green side, and Central and Eastern Oregon the hot, dry, rolling foothills, clear-as-a-bell sky side.
In Western Oregon, where I-5 runs down the western half of the state, can be summed up in one word- Rain. Yes, today’s chance of rain is 100% Oct-May, and 0% July 5th through September 15. But all this rain brings the tall lush green forest, rich rivers and bountiful wildlife we come to think of when we think Oregon.
In Central and Eastern Oregon, east of the Cascade Mountains, it rains little in this high desert ecosystem. The sun is hot, the skies are blue, and often there are paint strokes of high clouds. Here is where you get the high-desert experience with meandering rivers and streams, dry day and chilly nights.
Also, the Western side has the Pacific Ocean, the cities of Portland, Eugene, Ashland (Sorta) and the East has wide open spaces with fewer people and very active outdoor lifestyle.
So which do you visit first? That depends on how you answer this simple question. Do you want:
Our to experience our biggest city and have easy access to the ocean, the mountains massive forest and our other amazing cities in Washington and California?
Are you OK with cool, damp nights, the real possibility of wet weather? If so, fly into Portland and start your trip.
Are you looking for hot, dry weather, we chilly dry nights, the big wide open landscape of rolling foothills with meandering rivers and creeks?
Where the outdoors is the lifestyle rather than an option? Then fly straight into the heart of Oregon and go to Bend (Redmond Airport) and have your adventure start from the center of the state.
Either are perfect options, just different. Follow your heart to Oregon; it may be leading you home.