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Portland is a seaport and the largest city in the state of Oregon and if this is your base, here are some amazing weekend breaks offering the best of Oregon and beyond, into the sun kissed California.

Crater Lake Oregon

Crater Lake National Park is in the Cascade Mountains in the south of Oregon. Crater Lake, was formed by the now-collapsed volcano,The Mount Mazama and the reflections on this lake are hypnotic. Peer over the volcano rim and stare over to the magically named Wizard Island, which is actually the very tip of a slowly rising cinder cone in the centre of the lake. Due to the fog that forms in this area, the whole place is as mysterious as a Scooby Doo show.

Cannon Beach

Possibly the most breathtaking beach on the Oregon coast is Cannon Beach (pictured above) bordered by a pretty town. Wander around the town with touristy-but-nice art galleries and gift shops and then head out to walk across the sands and go for a paddle. Beyond the rock you can explore a number of rock pools packed with sea life like the adorable hermit crab or simply stroll into the sunset and marvel at the glories of nature.

Astoria, Oregon

Step back in time and absorb Oregon’s history in this beautiful city. Victorian mansions flank treelined streets and you can also investigate the setting of Mikey’s house from “The Goonies.” movie, a cult 1980’s hit. Astoria also sits on the Columbia River, offering a bunch of trips to appreciate this slow moving giant.

Newport Beach

Beautiful Newport Beach in California is the ideal travel destination for sun and sand, gorgeous views, a wide variety of water sports, great shopping and fine dining. And if you’re after luxury accommodation right by the waterfront, then the Balboa Bay Resort is probably your ideal hotel.

Known for its large, boat-filled harbour, Newport Beach offers the perfect launch point for an ocean expedition. alternatively stroll up the 2 piers, or while the day away at Balboa Fun Zone, an old-school amusement park with a Ferris wheel and ocean views.

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