Sharing a border with California, one of the few U.S. states that's famous around the world, Oregon is still something of an unknown quantity even to many Americans. This is a large state, where you'll find both the remnants of the Wild West (although distinctly less wild than it once was) and a city that's apparently so hip and "now" it's been turned into a hit TV show popular as far away as New York. If it's dramatic landscapes, outdoor adventure, great food, and a relaxed attitude you're looking for - all without the prices and crowds of California - then make your way west to Oregon.
Start in Oregon's biggest city, Portland, to see how much "Portlandia" you can spot in real life. Eat at the food carts, hike through Forest Park, shop at Powell's City of Books, and wash it all down with a local craft beer. Make a driving loop around the state to explore the Columbia River Gorge (just try to imagine Lewis and Clark on that huge river in dugout canoes), the fossil beds near John Day, the rock climbing at Smith Rock, the high desert of Eastern Oregon, the world-renowned Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, the state's only National Park at Crater Lake, some of the many wine regions around Oregon, the beaches along the entirely public Oregon coastline, and the year-round skiing at Mt. Hood. To really get to know Oregon requires more time than most travelers have, but there's no reason not to try.