Let’s admit the fact that our adventure isn’t whole without some good photos for social media. Oregon offers both adventures and amazing opportunities for epic photos. You can enjoy an incredible experience and at the same time take photos in the most beautiful Instagram spots in Oregon. All of these destinations don’t require hiking (except for Proxy falls which is 1.6 miles). They are totally accessible, free, and you can combine hiking, viewpoints, food, and wineries on your way.
Sounds too good to be true? Let’s dive in into the most beautiful Instagram spots in Oregon and I’ll let you decide!
1. Haystack Rock
The most recognizable Oregon’s landmark. The sea stack rises 235 feet (72 m) from the edge of the shoreline and when the tide is low you can go all the way to the rock.
2. Rowena Crest
Rowena Crest is a panoramic viewpoint located on the Columbia River Gorge. If you’re on Instagram you’re probably familiar with this spot and it is consider one of the most beautiful Instagram spots in the West Coast. The highlight id the horseshoe curve along the road but there are a few short hiking trails you can add to your visit.
3. Crater Lake
Crater Lake is the only National Park in Oregon and is one of my favorite places in the state. It’s definitely one of my favorite Instagram spots in Oregon. The best time for photos is when the travel season starts (end of June- the beginning of July) where you can see what’s left from the snow. If you’re visiting at the beginning of the season, take into consideration that some of the trails may be closed.
These photos are without any editing. Looking at the crater, I was amazed that these kinds of views even exist that I didn’t regret the fact that we couldn’t hike.
4. Portland’s Iconic White Stag Sign
It can’t be the most beautiful Instagram spots in Oregon without Portland’s sign. The sign is located in downtown Portland and is one of the most iconic spots in the city. If you have a long lens camera, taking a photo on the burnside bridge with the background of the sign will be perfect. If you don’t any photo with the sign is amazing and memorable!
5. Multnomah Falls
The most popular waterfall in Oregon. It also the largest and most iconic one. Some people say that you haven’t visited Oregon if you haven’t seen Multnomah Falls. I love the photos from beneath the falls, but you can take beautiful photos from the bridge and the top of the falls. In addition to an incredible photo, you can grab something to eat or hike in the beautiful trail. The best time is during the Fall season where the leaves change their colors, but you can get your amazing photo throughout the entire year.
6. Bandon Beach
Bandon Beach is probably the most beautiful beach along the Oregon Coast. It has incredible sea stacks and if that’s not enough, the beach is full of drawings. Volunteers from “Circles in the Sand” create a walkable art in a form of labyrinths. The team draws mostly during the spring and summer. Combine the walkable art and the sea stacks and you have the perfect photo!
7. Thor’s Well
Thor’s Well is a bowl-shaped hole. It’s best seen during high tide when the waves roll underneath the bowl, filling it until it bubbles out the top or bursts up almost violently. Many photographers coming to the Oregon Coast only to be able to take epic photos of Thor’s Well. It definitely one of my favorite locations on the Coast and I can spend hours staring at the water filling the hole and rolling back.
Pay attention- When you visit, don’t stand too close to the hole, it can be dangerous!
8. Painted Hills
Definitely one of the most beautiful Instagram spots in Oregon. The Painted Hills are well known and one of the 7 wonders of Oregon. It’s one of the most beautiful places but located in the middle of nowhere. It about one hour from Bend and worths visiting if you’re in the area. If you don’t, it doesn’t worth a whole day of travel.
9. Proxy Falls
The only destination that is part of a hike. It’s an easy 1.6 loop hike located on Highway 242. The place is seasonally closing and usually opens in June. In addition to the beautiful photos of the waterfalls, you can enjoy the incredibly scenic road on Highway 242. One of the things that I love the most is the fact that you can get as close as you want to the falls and they are insanely beautiful. It is a great trail if you’re looking for an adventure.
10. Alberta Art District
Last on my Instagram spots is the Alberta Art District. Street art is one of my favorites. As an artist, I love seeing street art and the beautiful contribution to the city. Portland has many street arts spread across the city, but my favorite area is Alberta Art District. You can take tons of pictures in front of the cool walls, shop in the local stores, grab something to eat, and enjoy the city vibes. For food recommendations and more attractions in Portland, read “10 Best Attractions in Portland Oregon”.