The Atlas Obscura Guide To Oregon
182 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Oregon
Updated May 15, 2023
Unusual Attractions in Oregon
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A Feminist Road Trip Across the U.S.
Atlas Obscura has a tradition of exploring the stories of women who changed the world, from wildlife biologists and mountain climbers to Civil War spies and tattoo artists. To celebrate these daring women who struck out on their own, we’ve put together a cross-country road trip. Over 12 stops and more than 3,000 miles, this route will give you a front-row seat to women’s history in America.
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Stories About Oregon
Sea Lampreys, Long Reviled, Are Finally Getting Some Respect
Once dismissed as "ugly," this sucker-mouthed fish plays an important role in its native ecosystem.
by Ted Williams
Found: An 80-Year-Old Wedding Cake With a Tragic Past
Frances Nishimura preserved this sweet keepsake for generations.
by Natasha Varner
The Oregon Lab Where Scientists Are Riding the Waves to a Brighter Future
At the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Lab in Corvallis, massive simulators allow researchers to test innovative ideas about sustainable energy, saving coastlines, and more.
by Annalee Newitz
What’s the Real Christmas Tree Capital of the World?
At least a half dozen communities in North America have claimed the title.
by Justin Franz
The Mysterious Mushroom That Only Grows in Burn Scars
To find fire morels, forage after wildfires.
by Elaina Zachos
The Carousel That Saved a Town
How building a children's attraction rebuilt the community of Albany, Oregon.
by Rebecca Deurlein
What the World's Largest Organism Reveals About Fires and Forest Health
In Oregon, the Humongous Fungus plays a complex role in an ecosystem reshaped by humans.
by Colin Hogan
Lists Featuring Oregon
7 of Oregon's Most Magical Places
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