Oregon Bucket List ~ Eastern Region

Today as it is miserably snowing outside my window, I write of future explorations through Eastern Oregon.


  • Lake Owyhee State Park: Visit this beautiful lake nestled in a canyon.


  • Steens Mountain: Hike the largest fault block in North America.


  • ¬†National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center: Explore original wagon ruts!


  • SAGE Center: Explore the region’s agricultural and technological heritage that helped shaped its future.


  • Hat Rock State Park: Explore this unique geological wonder.

Jordan Valley

  • Pillars of Rome: Another geological wonder to explore.


  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument: Learn about the fossils found in the area and also explore Sheep Rock and Painted Hills.


  • Tamastslikt Cultural Center: Explore the history of the tribes in the area and the devastation that came to them during westward expansion.


  • Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge: Home to antelope, bighorn sheep, and elk.


  • Hells Canyon: Explore the deepest river gorge in America.


  • Catherine Creek State Park: Hike and camp along a crystal clear creek in this more secluded state park.


  • Cottonwood Canyon State Park: Great park for hiking and camping.

All attractions can be found in the 2019 Oregon and Eastern Oregon Travel Guides.

Oregon Bucket List ~ Southern Region

Hey there everybody! I’m finally back at the bucket list posts! I had to take a week or so to mourn the fact that we weren’t actually getting to do our March travels that would have allowed for some more personal posts about our travels, and the fact that our May trip is looking pretty grim as well! Hoping we can reschedule some trips later in the year!¬† But for now I’m back at the lists, and we will see how long I can keep it going before I run out of travel guides that haven’t made it to our house yet! As of right now, (with a break for Easter even though Easter is far from normal this year), we will have content out for Oregon, Washington, and Alaska that will take us through the start of May!

Today as we continue into the second region of Oregon, we will focus on the Southern Region.

Cave Junction

  • Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve: Take a fun tour to explore this cave.

Fort Rock

  • Fort Rock State Park: Explore the tuft ring that is all that remains of this old volcano.


  • Colliding Rivers Viewpoint: Enjoy a stunning natural site.

Klamath Falls

  • Crater Lake National Park: Explore the beauty of this stunning lake.


  • Summer Lake Hot Springs: Enjoy a hot soak in the 1920s bathhouse.


  • Wildlife Safari: Enjoy a wildlife safari in this drive thru park.

All attractions found in the 2019 Oregon and Southern Oregon Visitor Guides.

Oregon Bucket List ~ Oregon Coast Region

Today we move into a new state in our Bucket List series: Oregon. Oregon is split into 7 distinct tourism regions. My research for future Oregon bucket list posts is still a work in progress, but I think it’s safe to say that this coastal region may very likely be the longest list of the regions! There are just so many state parks and lighthouses worth stopping to visit along this stretch of highway!

Arch Cape

  • Hug Point State Park: Visit to see the seasonal waterfall.


  • Astoria Column: Climb to the top for a birds eye view.
  • Columbia River Maritime Museum: Explore the story of one of the busiest ports on the West coast.
  • Hanthorn Cannery Museum: Explore the history of what it was like to work in the cannery.
  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park: Explore Fort Clatsop and the Columbia River Estuary.


  • Cape Blanco Lighthouse State Park: Oregon’s coast is dotted with lighthouses and we love to visit lighthouses of all kinds.
  • Coquille River Lighthouse: Another charming lighthouse located nearby.
  • Face Rock Creamery: Watch cheese makers at work and sample some unique varieties.
  • Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint: See if you can find the face on the rock.
  • Washed Ashore Sculptures: These sculptures are created from all sorts of plastic and trash that washes up on the coast.


  • Chetco Point Park: Provides 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. View St. George Reef Lighthouse in the distance.
  • Pelican Bay Lighthouse: Another cute lighthouse located along the coast.
  • Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor: Narrow park along the coast.

Cannon Beach

  • Haystack Rock: One of Oregon’s most photographed spots.
  • Tillamook Rock Lighthouse: “Haunted” lighthouse located offshore.

Coos Bay

  • Cape Arago Lighthouse: Lighthouse located along the coast.
  • Cape Arago State Park: Park with hiking trails just south of the shared name lighthouse.
  • Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area: Hike to both waterfalls.
  • Shores Acres State Park: One of the many state parks to explore in the area.
  • Sunset Bay State Park: Part of the trio of state parks to be explored in this area.

Depoe Bay

  • Blow Hole: Check out this fun geological oddity.
  • Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area: Features a large “bowl” carved into rock.
  • Oregon State Parks Whale Watching Center: Visit to learn all about whales and view their migration.


  • Darlingtonia State Natural Site: Dedicated to the rare species of cobra lily.
  • Haceta Head Lighthouse: View from an easy stroll up the gravel path.
  • Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area: Largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America.
  • Sea Lion Caves: Take an elevator down into North America’s largest sea cave and home to sea lions.


  • Garibaldi Maritime Museum: Hands-ons exhibits about sailing.

Gold Beach

  • Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor: Offers jaw-dropping views of the coastline.
  • Myrtle Tree Trail: Hike to Oregon’s largest known Myrtle tree.
  • Pistol River State Park: Enjoy coastal views.


  • Fort Stevens State Park: This military area was built to guard the mouth of the Columbia River.

Lincoln City

  • Drift Creek Falls: Popular trail through a canyon, includes a suspension bridge and ends at the waterfall.


  • Oswald West State Park: Easy hiking trails through the rain forest.


  • Hatfield Marine Science Center: Exhibits all about marine animals.
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium: Explore the underwater wonders.
  • Yaquina Bay Bridge: Stairways on each end lead to observation areas.
  • Yaquina Bay Lighthouse: Tallest lighthouse on the coast.
  • Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area: Visit to tour the lighthouse.

North Bend

  • Bluebill Trail: Stroll boardwalks around Bluebill Lake.

Pacific City

  • Bob Straub State Park: Check out the hiking trails.
  • Cape Kiwanda Marine Gardens: Explore the tidal pools.

Port Orford

  • Prehistoric Gardens: One of Oregon’s beloved roadside attractions.


  • Umpqua Discovery Center: Features exhibits on the Lower Umpqua Tribe and the Chinese immigrants who arrived to work in canneries.


  • Ecola State Park: Explore this beautiful area.
  • Promenade: Explore this 1.5 mile bath with beautiful views of the ocean.
  • Seaside Aquarium: Lots of fun touch tanks to explore.
  • Tillamook Head: A WWII bunker is tucked into this jagged cliff.


  • Blue Heron French Cheese Company: Explore the world of French cheeses.
  • Cape Lookout State Park: Offers easy beach access.
  • Cape Meares Lighthouse: Another lighthouse to explore.
  • Tillamook Air Museum: Explore this WWII blimp hanger.
  • Tillamook Creamery: Come explore this cheese shop known for its cheddar.
  • Tillamook Forest Center: Learn about the Tillamook burn and climb to the top of a replica forest-fire lookout.


  • Big Stump Beach: Named for the 14 foot redwood stump.

Winchester Bay

  • Umpqua Aquaculture: Displays on oyster farming.
  • Umpqua Lighthouse State Park: Another lighthouse to visit within a park.


  • Hobbit Trail: Short easy trail through gnarled trees.
  • Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint: Great area for tide-pooling.

All attractions found in the 2019 Oregon Visitor Guide and 2019 Oregon Coast Visitor Guide.

Hawaiian Islands Bucket List ~ Hawai’i

Today we reach the end of our Hawaiian Island bucket list series by dreaming up plans for the Big Island: Hawai’i.


  • World Botanical Gardens: Self guided tour of gardens and waterfalls.


  • Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park: While this park isn’t exactly in Hilo, it was the closest big city. From time to time, eruptions are still happening in this park!
  • Wailuku River State Park: Visit to explore Boiling Pots and Rainbow Falls.


  • Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park: Wander this sacred, historic place of safety for early Hawaiian lawbreakers.


  • ‘Akaka Falls State Park: One hike will take you to viewpoints for two different waterfalls.


  • Ahu’ena Heiau: Reconstructed temple and final home of Kamehameha I.
  • Kaloko-Honokohau National Hisotrical Park: Hike to see four different ahupua’a (traditional mountain to sea land divisions.)
  • NELHA: Tour the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai’i Authority to learn about renewable energy and sustainability on the island.

Ocean View

  • Manuka State Wayside Park: Explore lava flows from different eruptions.


  • Punalu’u Black Sand Beach: Black Sand beach formed from lava flow.


  • Hawai’i Tropical Botanical Gardens: Pass streams and waterfalls while touring this garden.


  • Lapakahi State Historical Park: Take a self-guided tour through the remains of this ancient coastal settlement.
  • Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site: Visit this temple built by King Kamehameha I.
  • Waipi’o Valley Overlook: Take in the majesty of the valley.

All attractions can be found in the 2019 Hawaiian Islands and Island of Hawai’i Travel Guides.

Hawaiian Islands Bucket List ~ Maui

Today we take on the popular island of Maui.


  • Road to Hana: One of the most popular tours of the island is traveling the Road to Hana from Kahului
  • Wai’anapanapa State Park: located at the end of the Road to Hana, this park features black sand beaches.


  • Ali’i Kula Lavender: Take a tour of this lavender plantation.
  • Surfing Goat Dairy: Tour a working goat dairy farm.


  • Baldwin Home: See how families lived in the 1800s.
  • Lahaina Historic Trail: Explore the area’s whaling and plantation history.
  • Lahaina Jodo Mission: Visit a replica of an authentic Japanese Buddhist Temple.
  • Molokini: Snorkel in this old volcanic crater by leaving from a boat tour in the harbor.


  • Haleakala National Park: Explore this dormant volcano and hike to the Pools of ‘Ohe’o and Waimoku Falls.


  • ‘Iao Valley State Park: This park offers rich foilage and mountain views.
  • Maui Ocean Center: Fun aquarium filled with reef creatures.
  • Maui Tropical Plantation: Tour this sugarcane and pineapple plantation.

All attractions found in the 2019 Hawaiian Islands and Maui Travel Guides.

Hawaiian Islands Bucket List ~ Moloka’i and Lana’i

Today we explore two lesser known Hawaiian islands: the islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i. These islands are both rather small and can be accessed via day trips from Lahaina Harbor on Maui.

Island of Moloka’i

  • Kalaupapa National Historical Park: This park preserves the area where a Belgian priest courageously served the colony. Visit by appointment only.
  • Mo’oula Falls: Located in Halawa Valley, this waterfall and area can be explored via a guided hike.

Island of Lana’i

  • Kaiolohia: Called Shipwreck Beach for the remains of World War II Liberty Ship locate off shore.
  • Kaunolu: Explore the remains of a former royal compound and fishing village.
  • Kehiakawelo: Visit the Garden of the Gods, absent of vegetation and wildlife.
  • Pu’upehe: Sweetheart Rock is located just offshore between two bays.

All attractions found in the 2019 Hawaiian Islands and Maui Travel Guides.

Hawaiian Islands Bucket List ~ O’ahu

Today we explore O’ahu with probably the largest bucket list I have in this series! It helps that Honolulu is located on this island!


  • Pupukea Beach Park: Check out Sharks Cove, a hit among snorklers.
  • Waimea Valley: Take a hike to the waterfall.


  • Halona Point: Hike along the lava cliffs and take in the Halona Blowhole.
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve: Snorkel in this isolated bay.
  • Honolulu Zoo: Home to lots of tropical animals.
  • Iolani Palace: Explore the site where Hawaiian culture met British Heritage.
  • Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline and Makapu’u Trail: Watch the sunrise on this beautiful cliff.
  • Le’ahi: Check out the famous “Diamond Head” formation.
  • Lyon Arboretum: Explore over 8,000 types of plants found in the rainforest terrain.
  • Pa’u ‘Ualaka’a State Park: Explore the Tantalus Rainforest.
  • Pearl Harbor National Monument: Lots to see here including the USS Arizona Memorial Museum, USS Arizona Memorial, USS Oklahoma Memorial, USS Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pacific Aviation Museum, and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park.
  • Waikiki Aquarium: Explore several types of marine life, including several native to Hawai’i.


  • Byodo-in Temple, Valley of the Temples: Built in memory of the first Japanese immigrants who came to work the sugar plantations.


  • Malaekahana Beach Park: Check out a tent cabin at the most beautiful camping spot on the island.


  • Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden: This garden features fruits, flowers and trees native to Hawai’i.
  • Kualoa Ranch and Private Nature Reserve: Take a tour to explore the locations of many movies.
  • Nu’uanu Pali State Wayside: Come to check out the Pali Lookout.


  • Polynesian Cultural Center: The place to check out all things cultural including a luau.


  • Dole Plantation: Enjoy all things pineapple at this historic plantation.
  • Wahiawa Botanical Garden: Displays tropical flora that needs cooler temperatures.


  • Sea Life Park: View penguins, swim with sea lions and dolphins, and feed sea turtles at this fun attraction.

All attractions can be found in the 2019 Hawaiian Islands and Oah’u Travel Guides.