The State of Oregon
Rugged coasts, towering waterfalls, world class wines
There's a lot to like about Oregon. And even though I've spend a lot of time on the coast, I've barely scratched the surface of what the state has to offer. Oregon has some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country as well as some bizarre badland-like areas. The multi-colored Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds is a very small area but offers a lot of variety to the photographer looking for graphic landscapes.
And Oregon's Willamette Valley, just south and west of Portland, produces some world class wines. The region is particularly known for its Pinot Noir, and that alone is enough of a reason to visit. But the vineyards and wineries also happen to be very photogenic. So to me, it's a win-win.