Looking for something better than Crater Lake? Look no further than a Cascadian Journey

So you've heard all the hype that Oregon is a pretty awesome place to visit. Maybe you've seen that TV show (you know which one) or you've followed along on social media (or both). You've heard about Portland and its chill hipster vibe. You've heard you should also venture outside of Portland because that's where the real Oregon magic happens. You're not quite sure where outside of Portland you should go, but you're thinking about maybe Multnomah Falls or Crater Lake - you read about those natural wonders somewhere in some travel blog or your uncle's auntie's cousin's sister told you they're a sight to see. You start looking into those places and quickly realize the crowds there are just as bad as an overcrowded amusement park. And that's just not the relaxed Pacific Northwest vibe you're looking for.

Line of cars waiting to park to see Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge
Line of cars waiting to enter the parking lot at Multnomah Falls

Crowd of people at Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge
Natural wonder or theme park crowds? Here you'll get both

You know there must be more to Oregon than tour buses and amusement park-sized crowds. But you start trying to figure out what else makes Oregon so great and it becomes a little overwhelming. You know how vast and spread out everything in the Northwest really is. How can you travel into Portland and still be able to venture out of the city beyond the tourist traps like you really want to?

Some places may seem too remote, too complicated to get to, and too much of a hassle once you factor in car rental, lodging, figuring out where and how to safely explore the outdoors, mapping everything out (are there even gas stations between these tiny towns that have a population of less than 1,000 people??), where to eat, and the list goes on.

But the pictures look so breathtaking and you don't want to give up. These obscure places like the Wallowas and Hells Canyon, Alvord Desert and Steens, they all seem like just what you're looking for - an opportunity to see stunning vistas where you can explore and immerse yourself into some of the Pacific Northwest's best kept secrets without the crowded tourist traps like Crater Lake or Multnomah Falls. You're just not sure how to make it all happen all while still feeling comfortable with the amenities you're used to on a vacation like a warm and cozy bed at night and some satisfyingly tasty meals in between. You enjoy getting outdoors but camping in the remote mountains of the Northwest just isn't your thing. There has to be a way to make this all happen the way you're envisioning it without having to carry a 50-pound pack and sleep in a tent.

Wallowa Lake with Wallowa Mountains in background on a sunny dayYes, you can see vistas like this without the crowds of tourists

Why not let Cascadian Journeys ease the burden and deal with the hassle of figuring all that out for you? We offer off-the-beaten path tours that go to those authentic Oregon destinations that will blow your mind way more than Crater Lake ever can. At the same time, all of our tours make stops along the way through charming Northwest towns where you'll be on a first-name basis with the bartender at the local brewery by the end of the night, and you'll have a private room in a quaint boutique hotel or inn to rest up before the next day's adventure. Join us on a journey through Oregon to the places those other tour companies don't go and see for yourself what really makes Oregon so great.