Oregon, A Spring Break Destination

If you’re starting to think about where to travel for your spring break, perhaps Oregon is the place for you.

Have you already started to count down the days until spring break? I don’t know if you are or not, but I am so ready for the break.

For most of our international students, spring break is the perfect timing for us to travel because this is just for students while everyone else still has to work. Also, different schools have different spring break schedules, so it will be less crowded and the weather will not let you down in most of the great travel places.

I have been in the States for a year and half and I stayed in Oregon for most of my time here. I know there are so many fascinating places in America that are worth seeing, but today I am going to be a little bit bias to recommend you some good places in Oregon.

Oregon, I guess not many international students even heard of it, it’s a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. To the north is Washington, on the south is California; if you ever considered traveling to a popular city like San Francisco or Seattle, you may not have bothered to take a look at Oregon. But I promise you, it will be worth it!

Image courtesy of Wikipedia
Image courtesy of Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me start with Portland, one of my favorite cites in America.

I hope there is not that much rain during March, although rain is the reason that keeps things really green.

The city also renowned for its food, you can find varieties of inexpensive and delicious food in food carts. Jiang Bing, a food cart sells Chinese traditional food, looks like Mexican burrito, but its tastes real good!

Food carts can also be known as lunch wagons, taco trucks, or snack shacks. Whatever people call them, they are a Portland phenomenon. They can be set up in parking lots, sidewalks, and parks. Learn more by visiting http://www.foodcartsportland.com/.

Downtown Portland is dense, historic, walkable and has a great riverfront park. But the real fun is out in the compass-spanning neighborhoods. Three winners: southeast’s Hawthorn Street, with its cool blend of shops, cafes and bars; the north’s Mississippi Avenue, which has an amazing food cart pod; and northeast’s Alberta Street, featuring galleries, shops, great little cafes and bars plus a monthly street party called Last Thursday that’s pure Weird Portland.

Here is a map of all the food carts in Portland.

Oregon waterfalls, are something you don’t want to miss.

Oregon Waterfalls are probably one aspect of the state’s natural beauty that can easily be taken for granted. There are numerous waterfalls which have astonishing view. The waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge comprised perhaps the majority of the waterfalls. It is really hard to describe the magnificent of Oregon waterfalls with my lack of language. All I want to say is every time when I go to see waterfalls, the goose bumps come.

waterfall

It is like a heaven, Crater Lack National Park.

I still remember the first time I went to the Crater Lack National Park, I was shocked by what I saw and realized how great is God’s creation. No place else on earth combines a deep pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost 2,000 feet high; a picturesque island and a violent volcanic past. This is a place you would never regret spend time to visit.

lake

I wish what I said above would help with your future travel plans and I hope all of you have a fun and safe spring break!

Medina Tohti international student voice magazineMaidina Tuohuti is an international student from China studying journalism at George Fox University, a private Christian university in Oregon. Maidina is a journalism intern with ISV Magazine, writing about her own experiences as a Muslim student in the U.S. as well as writing feature articles on topics important to all international students. 

Maidina can be reached at maidina@internationalstudentvoice.org

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