10 Photos That Prove Oregon Is The Most Beautiful State In Spring

Tulip festials, rushing waterfalls, and a blushing capital round out this list of stunning Oregon scenes that play out each spring.

Mt Hood trying to hide behind a field full of tulilps. Photo by Kirt Edblom via Flickr CC2.

There’s no question that Oregon is beautiful year round, but there’s just something so special about spring.  The weather starts to warm, the cherry blossoms come out, and all that rain that we endured over winter and early spring feels like it’s finally starting to pay off in blooms and lush green foliage.  Here are 12 photos that prove how truly beautiful Oregon is in Spring.

1. Spring At The Japanese Garden In Portland

The Japanese garden comes alive in spring with wonderful blooms and blossoms.  It’s definitely worth a visit, and every Oregonian should visit at least once in spring and again in fall.

2. The Woodburn Tulip Festival

Everyone loves when their spring bulbs start to pop up and show off brilliant colors.  In this photo Mt. Hood peeks out from behind the trees in the background.

Mt Hood trying to hide behind a field full of tulilps. Photo by Kirt Edblom via Flickr CC2.

3. Wooden Shoe Take Two

Here’s another brilliant display of color from the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival with Mt. Hood in the background.


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4. Spring In The High Desert

Spring in the high desert often means chilly mornings, days full of sunshine, warm afternoons, and occasionally a freak snowstorm.  Sometimes all of these happen in a single day!  This is a photo of a chilly spring morning on the Wood River south of Crater Lake.

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A chilly spring morning on the Wood River in Klamath County. Photo by Mwwile via Flickr CC2.

5. Spring Means Waterfalls

When the snow starts to melt it means Oregon’s stunning waterfalls will be flowing at full capacity.  Check out this spring photo of South Falls at Silver Falls State Park:

Bridge in front of Silver Creek South Falls. Photo by Ian Sane via Flickr CC2.

6. Spring Is The Start Of Wildflower Season

Check out these wildflowers at Rowena Crest viewpoint at the Tom McCall Preserve:

Rowena Crest full of wildflowers. Photo by Jim Choate via Flickr CC2.

7. Tom McCall Preserve Take Two

People flock to the Tom McCall Preserve for the stunning views and beautiful wildflowers.  Mt. Hood tries to steal the show in this photo, but the wildflowers are too eye catching:

Mt Hood and wildflowers at Tom McCall Preserve. Photo by Diana Robinson via Flickr CC2.

8. Sparks Lake In Central Oregon

Sparks Lake near Bend is beautiful year round, and some of the most amazing sunset shots come from this spot.

Sparks Lake Sunrise In May. Photo by Andrew Warren via Flickr CC2.

9. Crater Lake – The Gem Of The Cascades

Crater Lake is worth a trip at any time of year, though it should be noted that snow hangs around until as late as June, so the rim drive may not be open in spring.  The road to the lodge at the rim is usually open year round however.  Check out this photo of a spring storm rolling in over Crater Lake:

A spring storm coming in over the crystal blue waters of Crater Lake. Photo by Doug Jones via Flickr CC2.

10. Salem – Oregon’s State Capital

Salem blushes in spring and is worth a visit to walk in the capital’s stunning gardens.

Spring in Salem Oregon. Photo by Oregon Department of Transportation via Flickr CC2.

What’s your favorite place to be in Oregon in the spring?  Share your Spring Oregon photos with us in a comment!