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Get to Know Oregon’s Surprising Landscapes

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | October 18, 2016

Get to Know Oregon’s Surprising Landscapes

PHOTO: Oregon's Umpqua River Hot Springs. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock) 

Did you know that there is a desert in Oregon? What about a lava field?

Known for quirky Portland and the stunning Multnomah Falls, there are a few other sides to Portland that visitors may be less familiar with, notes Victoria Yore on the Huffington Post

First, she points to Oregon’s hot springs. 

“Many of the mountains in the Cascades are volcanic in nature and the subterranean heat helps to produce hot springs. People often travel abroad to Iceland to visit geothermal pools but not many know that Oregon is home to many,” writes Yore. 

There are also lava fields. 

“Not many people know that a vast network of lava fields and caves can be found right in Oregon. The state is often associated with lush forests and a lovely coast, but thousands of acres of straight-up lava surrounded by volcanic mountains is a sight that shouldn’t be missed,” Yore notes. 

READ MORE: Your Guide to Winter in Oregon  

Basalt columns are not unique to the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland or to Iceland, says Yore. 

“Oregon has tons of easily accessible basalt columns that are just as stellar as their European counterparts. Columnar basalt can be found all over the state including near waterfalls, in the middle of the woods, and on the coast,” writes Yore. 

For more unique things to see in Oregon, such as the covered bridges of its Lane County or its stunning desert, read on here

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