This past October, my boyfriend and I took a road trip through Oregon. During the busy wedding fall season, I decided I really needed a few days to myself. One state that I have always wanted to learn more about is Oregon. We decided to take a Oregon Road Trip and I only brought my 35mm film camera with me. This is so unusual for me to only take one camera with me on trips. But I really wanted to focus on what was in front of me instead of worrying about all the different photos I could take.
When I am not shooting weddings or elopements, I love planning trips. It is probably one of my biggest hobbies. I could spend hours researching different sites or landmarks to visit. During our road trip to Oregon we saw A LOT. We drove probably over 25+ hours within 6 days. It was exhausting but so worth it. We only had a certain amount of time and money to make this trip happen so we did it. Here is the itinerary of our Oregon Road Trip below.
Oregon Road Trip Itinerary
Day #1 Explore Columbia River Gorge
Waterfalls We Visited
- Latourell Falls
- Bridal Veil falls
- Multnomah Falls
- Oneonta Gorge + it was closed
- Horsetail Falls
The Timberline Lodge was definitely a highlight of the entire trip. I was a little nervous about driving up to the lodge because of all the snow, but it was super easy to get to the top. When we arrived we could barely see the peak of the mountain because of the fog and snow. But honestly make it so mysterious and magical. At night we went and got cocktails at the Timberline Lodge bar. We will definitely be staying here again. Hopefully sometime soon! Stay at Timberline Lodge (My favorite hotel in the United States)
Day #2 Explore Smith Rock, Bend, Crater Lake
– We wanted to go to the Painted Hills but we didn’t have enough time. It was a lot for one day so I recommend splitting it up in two days. Crater Lake and Smith Rock are a must see. Also Crater Lake only had one entrance that was open so we drove a little more than expected.
Stay in Airbnb near Crater Lake
Day #3 Explore Takottee Falls, Steamboat Falls, Umpqua Hot Springs, Gold Beach
-The Umpqua Hot Springs is a must see. The Tu Tu Tun Lodge is a hotel that I have always wanted to stay at. It is right on the Rogue River. We saved up to stay at the lodge and it was definitely worth it.
Stay at Tu Tu Tun Lodge
Day #4 Explore Samuel H Boardman Corridor, Gold Beach, Kape Kiwanda, thors Wells, God’s Thumb
-We didn’t get the chance to do God’s Thumb because we had a lot of driving. But recommend breaking this day up into two days. The Oregon Coast is stunning and honestly could spend a whole day in each little town.
Stay at Manzanita Beach Motel
Day #5 Explore Manzanita, Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park
-We took this day pretty slowly and just hung out at Cannon Beach the whole day.
Stay at Cannon Beach Airbnb
Day #6 Explore Portland
Stay at TreeHouse Airbnb in Washington State.
Here is a map of our Oregon Road Trip
More Photos from the Oregon Road Trip on 35mm Film...