Ore.–Oregon's fall leaves

Oregonians know Boston’s got nothing on the Pacific Northwest’s vivid fall foliage. Make time this month to peruse the state’s most colorful locales.

The Columbia River Gorge

Fodor’s Travel named this “breathtaking” area one of the best fall foliage destinations in the nation. Forested with firs, cottonwoods, big-leaf maples, Oregon ash, and pines, the 80-mile Columbia River Gorge’s vibrant colors typically lasts through mid-October.

Hoyt Arboretum

Two miles west of downtown Portland, this park boasts miles of trails in vibrant color. The arboretum also hosts “The Other Side of the Acer Rainbow: Fall Color Beyond Maples” guided tours in October. The Hawthorn Trail remains an “excellent example of rich fall color . . . with shades of scarlet, maroon, and plum persisting late into the autumn season,” according to the website.

Deschutes River Trail

The adventuresome can hike or bike the Deschutes River Trail, near Dillion Falls trailhead, to witness the spectrum of central Oregon’s fall colors.

Klamath Basin

Travel by Highway 97 or 66 to see the brilliant aspen groves of southern Oregon’s Klamath Basin. Take time to visit Klamath Lake and Falls – a resting spot for approximately 7 million migratory birds. The Basin is also home to Crater Lake, one of the state’s Seven Wonders.

Where will your fall adventures take you? Submit your best Oregon fall scenic shots to The Oregon Optimist for a chance for your photo to be featured online.

When not writing, Sierra can be found conducting experiments in the chemistry lab or whipping up delectable creations in her kitchen. With a passion for storytelling, Sierra puts her natural curiosity to use investigating enlightening angles for news and events here at The Oregon Optimist.