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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Oregon

Peak Season: June to August

Summer travelers crowd Highway 101 and the highways along the Columbia River Gorge, and summer festivals keep Portland bustling. The weather on the coast can be cool and windy during the summer, but the eastern part of the state is sunny and dry – it’s a good time to visit there.

Off Season: Mid-October to May

Waves pound the coast and lodging is often heavily discounted, making an ocean-view room close to a budget experience. December brings the annual migration of sperm, gray, and humpback whales.

Sweet Spot: September to mid-October

Warm and dry weather, plus the beginning of colorful foliage, makes early fall the ideal time to visit everything from the coast to the mountains. The exception is the first or second week of September (dates rotate), when music fans attending Portland’s MusicfestNW book the hotels and pile into restaurants.

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