Try an Electric Vehicle road-trip in Oregon

Try an Electric Vehicle road-trip in Oregon

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Embark on an electrifying journey through Oregon, boasting one of the most extensive and dynamic networks of electric vehicle fast-charging stations in the entire United States. As you traverse the scenic byways, you'll encounter a tapestry of environmentally conscious businesses nestled amidst breathtaking landscapes. Picture yourself cruising along Oregon's back roads, surrounded by lush woodlands, and pausing at charming landmarks to recharge your vehicle. Driving an electric car in Oregon isn't just transportation—it's an experience filled with perks.

Day 1: Portland and Willamette Valley Begin your adventure in Portland, renowned for its vibrant maker culture, commitment to sustainability, and bustling urban vibe. Explore the serene paths of the Portland Japanese Garden, indulge in a traditional tea ceremony, and savor the flavors of local delights at the Portland Farmers Market. Don't miss the eclectic offerings at the Portland Saturday Market, a vibrant showcase of arts and crafts. Venture south to the Willamette Valley, where Silver Falls State Park beckons nature enthusiasts with its majestic waterfalls and verdant trails. Recharge amidst the tranquil beauty of the Oregon Garden before retiring for the night in Salem, the state's capital, where modern comforts meet historic charm.

Enjoy small town USA on an Oregon road-trip.

Day 2: Oregon’s North Coast Embark on a scenic drive along Highway 22 towards Pacific City, with its iconic Cape Kiwanda offering panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Explore the coastal wonders of Lincoln City, renowned for its glass-blowing artisans and picturesque landscapes. Immerse yourself in nature along the Drift Creek Trail, then indulge in fresh seafood delights at coastal eateries like Blackfish Café. Continue your journey to Depoe Bay, the ultimate destination for whale watching adventures. Rest and recharge at Salishan Coastal Lodge, nestled amidst the serene beauty of the coastal forest.

Day 3: Oregon’s Central Coast Discover the enchanting beauty of Oregon's Central Coast, with highlights including Yaquina Head Lighthouse and the bustling Newport Bayfront. Marvel at the natural wonders of Cape Perpetua and Heceta Head Lighthouse, before descending into the depths of Oregon's Sea Lion Caves. Treat yourself to a culinary adventure in Historic Old Town Florence, then buckle up for an exhilarating dune buggy ride along the Oregon Dunes. Conclude your day's journey with a cozy retreat at The Mill Casino Hotel and RV Park in Coos Bay.

Day 4: Oregon’s South Coast & Southern Oregon Embark on a morning hike through the scenic vistas of Shore Acres State Park, then journey along the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway towards Elkton. Explore boutique wineries and botanical gardens, before recharging at the Clover Leaf Loop Super Charging Station in Sutherlin. Indulge in local culinary delights at North Forty Beer Company, and immerse yourself in the flavors of Southern Oregon.

Day 5: Roseburg to Crater Lake National Park Journey to the awe-inspiring beauty of Crater Lake National Park, a pristine oasis nestled within the Cascade Mountain range. Explore the park's natural wonders, from the majestic Crater Lake to its surrounding hiking trails. Conclude your day with a peaceful retreat amidst the splendor of Southern Oregon.

Day 6: Central Oregon Embark on an adventure through Central Oregon, where scenic vistas and outdoor pursuits await. Explore the geological wonders of Smith Rock State Park, then unwind at the Element Bend, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Deschutes River. Immerse yourself in local culture at the Museum of Warm Springs before continuing your journey towards Mt. Hood.

Day 7: Mt. Hood & Columbia River Gorge Ascend towards the towering peaks of Mt. Hood, stopping to admire the breathtaking views at Trillium Lake Day Use Area. Explore the historic Timberline Lodge and indulge in local delicacies at Grateful Vineyard. Conclude your journey with a scenic drive through the Hood River Valley, where orchards and vineyards beckon with their bounty.

Day 8: Return to Portland Head back towards Portland along the Columbia River Gorge, stopping to savor the flavors of fresh seafood at Brigham Fish Market. Explore the wonders of Multnomah Falls and indulge in some tax-free shopping at Columbia Gorge Outlets. Reflect on your electrifying journey through Oregon as you return to Portland, your heart filled with memories of scenic landscapes and sustainable adventures.

Electric and Hybrid vehicle are not as numerous as traditional fossil fuel users, so get in early for your booking or you might miss out.  

Oregon is also a fabulous state for an RV road-trips have a look at the prices here

Explore more on the official Travel Oregon site. 

Explore what to do in Portland here.

Remember to pay your respects to the traditional custodians of the land on which you travel,  tread lightly in the fragile Oregon environments, take only photo's and leave only foot prints. 


Shelley Richardson

Shelley Richardson

Shelley has been working in the travel industry for over 30 years, in aviation, for tour operators and since 2016 for DriveNow. Having travelled extensively worldwide, alone, as a couple and with her family, Shelley has experience to share about how to make the most of your holiday, especially road-trips to amazing destinations.

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