Visit The Top 5 Southern Oregon Day Trips Before Summer Ends
by Ivana Guidry
Top 5 Southern Oregon Day Trips
Before this summer ends, be sure to explore some of Oregon’s most beautiful and exciting day trips with a Honda from Klamath Falls Honda! With so many fun and inexpensive activities in Klamath Falls and the surrounding areas, we wanted to highlight some of our favorites. If you’re visiting from out of town or are a local looking to visit (or re-visit) a few sometimes overlooked activities, we encourage you to check these recommendations off your summer bucket list.
Here is a list of our five favorite southern Oregon day trips:
1. Crater Lake
If you’re looking for a serene escape to the outdoors, look no further than Crater Lake. With its 1,943-foot depth, there’s plenty of room for a swim! The lake is also considered by many scientists to be the cleanest and clearest body of water in the world. Its gorgeous blue color is the perfect backdrop for you and your family’s best summer photos. Surrounding the lake is a plethora of interesting flora and fauna, from the ponderosa and whitebark pines and 13 other species of conifers, to black bears, elks, and other beautiful animals.
2. The Redwood River Trail
The Redwood River nature trail is home to the northernmost naturally growing Redwoods and some of the most beautiful sight-seeing spots in Oregon. With the Alfred A. Loeb state park so near, and open year-round to day camping, take a day to see the sights and hike the hills. Walk through the lush glen and watch as the creek transforms into a scenic cascading waterfall. On your way, make sure to stop by La Flor de Mexico, a local restaurant with authentic Mexican cuisine, and delicious handmade tortillas on the side of Highway 101 in Brookings.
3. Waterfalls off the Umpqua River
The Columnar and Surprise Falls are an ethereal and gorgeous experience, with the water weaving in and out of view, and completely disappearing
from view at the bottom. The never-ending thrush of plants along the ground and the sun seeping through the trees above all of this makes for a peaceful experience. The Umpqua river is known for its numerous branching waterfalls, including, but not limited to, the Columnar and Surprise Falls, the Lemolo Falls, the Whitehorse Falls, and the Deadline Falls. All of the falls contain trails and hiking experiences ranging from easy to expert, so you can find the perfect trail for everyone in the family!
4. The Pacific Crest Trail
The PCT is America’s second longest trail at 2,653 miles long. This impressive trail contains countless exciting hiking paths ranging from desert climate to snowy mountaintops. The trail offers some of the country’s most beautiful sights and wildlife. Thousands of tourists come through the PCT each year to visit Burney Falls, nestled in California’s McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. Although this thunderous waterfall isn’t the largest or highest, it is still considered to be one of the trail’s most beautiful. Bringing all of your family’s gear along for the hike will be a breeze with the Honda Passport.
5. The Klamath Falls Lava Beds
The Lava Beds in Klamath Falls are a unique must-see. Something in the way these caves combine gorgeous green foliage with fragments of earth and lava creates a paradise of exploration and fascination. More than 20 of the caves are open to the public, and invite all levels of hikers, from path rookies, to trail veterans. Take this southern Oregon day trip and look for remnants of their past. Chips of minerals can be found on the ground and igneous stalactites adorn the ceilings above. No matter which cave you choose to visit, you and your family will be in for a curiously charming experience.
Experience these 5 southern Oregon day trips for the first time or revisit them with a fresh view. Either way, you are sure to enjoy the adventure alone or with the entire family. Whichever destination you choose be sure to take a Honda from Klamath Falls Honda along with you.