Ultimate Southern Oregon Road Trip

Iconic Oregon Road Trip

Southern Oregon has so much to offer for a road trip lover. From the beautiful natural wonders to the many outdoor adventures, it is the ideal place to explore for travelers of all kinds. With waterfalls, forests, and iconic Crater Lake you can pack in the trip of a lifetime. Whether you are looking for a bonding experience with loved ones or a solo journey, we have put together some of the top spots for you and your family to explore on your once in a lifetime road trip through Southern Oregon.

Day 1: Arrive at Union Creek Resort

The adventure begins when you check in to your room at Union Creek Resort, nestled amidst the lush landscapes of Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Once checked in, you can settle into your cozy cabin or rustic lodge room. You will feel the stress melt away, replaced by a sense of peace once you are in the middle of nature. Union Creek Resort offers the perfect blend of modern comforts and nature-inspired charm, providing the ideal base for your Southern Oregon road trip.

Grab lunch at Beckie’s Cafe, an iconic experience that captures the essence of Southern Oregon hospitality. Known for its legendary pies, Beckie’s Cafe has been a beloved destination for locals and travelers alike for generations. Indulging in a slice of pie is more than just a culinary delight – it’s a rite of passage, a tradition that celebrates the region’s rich flavors and warm hospitality. From classic apple pie to decadent marionberry, each pie is lovingly crafted using time-honored recipes and the freshest ingredients, ensuring a truly unforgettable dining experience. Immerse yourself in the timeless charm of Beckie’s Cafe!

It’s time to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails. Southern Oregon is home to an extensive network of hiking trails, each offering its own unique beauty and adventure. From leisurely strolls through old-growth forests to challenging treks up mountain peaks, there’s something for every level of hiker to enjoy. Make sure to check out all of the trails in and around Union Creek Resort and pick the one best suited for your adventure level.

Day 2: Exploring Crater Lake

Set the perfect tone for your adventurous day with breakfast at Beckie’s Cafe. Fuel up with hearty, delicious breakfast offerings before embarking on hiking trails, waterfall explorations, or scenic drives. With its iconic pies and warm hospitality, Beckie’s Cafe ensures you begin your day on a delightful note, ready to explore the natural wonders surrounding Union Creek Resort. After breakfast, pack your day bag and some snacks and hit the road for a day trip to Crater Lake!

Late Morning/Early Afternoon
After about a 30-minute drive from Union Creek Resort, you will arrive at Crater Lake National Park. Arriving at the park by mid-morning means you can set the stage for an incredible day filled with natural beauty and many activities. While exploring Crater Lake, be sure to visit Vidae Falls, a stunning waterfall cascading down a rocky cliffside. This waterfall is accessible by a short hike from the East Rim Drive. Vidae Falls offers a picturesque setting for nature enthusiasts to admire and photograph.

As you make your way back to Union Creek Resort after a fun-filled day at Crater Lake, be sure to take in the view. As you wind your way through Southern Oregon, you will be treated to some of the most picturesque drives in the country. Scenic routes like Rim Drive offer sweeping views of Crater Lake from various overlooks, while backcountry roads meander through dense forests and crystal-clear streams. Each twist and turn of the road reveals a new facet of Oregon’s natural beauty, making every mile of our journey a true adventure. And what better time to take a scenic drive than sunset after a beautiful day exploring?

Day 3: Fond Farewell – Leaving Union Creek Behind”

Check out of Union Creek Resort in the morning and pack up the car. After you are fully ready to hit the road, make sure to include one or two more iconic stops on your way home that you might have missed. There are so many trails, waterfalls, and outdoor adventures to explore in the beautiful area.

The journey continues with a last minute visit to Crater Lake National Park. After a scenic drive through the park, it’s time to embark on a boat tour and cruise across the lake’s serene surface. From guided ranger-led tours to leisurely boat cruises, there’s no better way to experience the beauty of Crater Lake than from the water.

The Wonders of Southern Oregon Await ​​
Southern Oregon is filled with a sense of wonder and each traveler has a sense of gratitude for the breathtaking landscapes and unforgettable experiences they have encountered along the way. From hiking through ancient forests to cruising across the azure waters of Crater Lake, this journey can be nothing short of extraordinary.

So why wait? Pack your bags, hit the road, and embark on your own Southern Oregon nature road trip adventure today.

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