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Salem, Oregon - Scenic Drives

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This route follows the beautiful Oregon Coast. The drive offers beach and ocean views, rain forests, cliffs, farmlands, and quaint towns.

  • Paved
  • Allow 2 hours.
  • 66 miles (106 km)

Over the Rivers - Through the Woods Scenic Byway may not find you at grandmother's house, but you might not want to be found anyway; with a plethora of different mountains, rivers, woods, and lakes to play on, why not get lost for a while?Over the Rivers - Through the Woods Scenic Byway begins at ex...

  • 1-2 hours to visit the byway.
  • 50 miles (80 km)

Meander beside the blue-green depths of the Green Peter Reservoir and the Quartzville Creek National Wild and Scenic River as you discover a pathway of old-growth forests, highlighted with a varied collection of wildflowers and startling reds and golds of autumn foliage.Paralleling the winding river...

  • 90 mins, minimum. All day is reccommended.
  • 55 miles (88 km)

Rest from busy I-5 on this 55-mile side-loop. Majestic mountains (such as Hood and Rainier) soar over lush green fields except in the forest areas; these areas are filled with Douglas Firs that sunlight can't quite part. Silver Falls State Park is intimate in spite of the thunder of its waterfalls.S...

  • 30 minutes
  • 11 miles (17 km)

The South Fork Alsea River Byway parallels the South Fork of the Alsea River. The river is lined with wildlife and full of rapids and pools. Picnicking, hiking, and camping are available at the BLM's Alsea Falls Recreation Site. Even driving in off-road vehicles is permitted in designated areas. If ...

  • Paved
  • Eight hours to enjoy this Byway.
  • 220 miles (354 km)

The West Cascades Scenic Byway is a scenic alternative route between Portland and Eugene. The byway travels through picturesque landscapes of timber, peaceful lakes, and misty valleys—a smart and gorgeous alternative to the major highways and interstates going the same way.The West Cascades Scenic B...

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