Eastern Oregon is jam-packed with outdoor activities like boating, fishing and jet skiing. Stay at the first-rate River Lodge and Grill and enjoy all that plus attractions like the Pendleton Round-Up to the Columbia Gorge Discover Center to the Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon. However, our neighborhood features a whole lot more. A top-ten list of our favorites follows:

Marina Park. Marina Park in Boardman encompasses three miles of paved hiking trails extending along the Columbia River where you can view the antique Captain Al James tugboat. Picnic tables, softball diamonds and many other recreational facilities are available. For more information, visit www.eoni.com/~parkdu

The Dalles Art Association. The Dalles Art Association is a non profit, membership-based organization whose primary objective is to provide local and regional artists a place to showcase their work. The Art Center also strives to increase awareness and appreciation for the arts in the local community and the region through changing exhibits, classes and activities that encourage participation in the arts. For more information, visit www.tdartcenter.org/aboutus.html

Blue Mountain Forest State Scenic Corridor. Blue Mountain Forest State Scenic Corridor lies along the Old Oregon Trail Highway between Deadman’s Pass and Spring Creek. Composed of intermittent stands of old-growth ponderosa pine, western larch, Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine and grand fir, this corridor contains undisturbed examples of native plants and animals. For more information, visit www.oregonstateparks.org/park_237.php

Deschutes River State Recreation Area. The Deschutes River State Recreation Area is a tree-shaded, overnight oasis for campers. The sparkle-laden, swift, green rush of the Deschutes converges with the Columbia, providing an exceptional spot for family activities like hiking, mountain biking, camping, rafting, world-class steelhead and trout fishing, and equestrian trail riding. For more information, visit www.oregonstateparks.org/park_37.php

Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area. Perched near the summit of the Blue Mountains in an old-growth forest, Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area offers visitors an opportunity to camp and explore a popular pioneer stopover along the Oregon Trail. For more information, visit www.oregonstateparks.org/park_23.php

Pendleton Underground Tours. Pendleton Underground Tours is a non-profit corporation that began giving tours of Pendleton’s red light district in 1989. The history of legal and illegal businesses operating in the same area for over 100 years is entertaining and interesting to people of all ages-even kids. For more information, call 800.226.6398 or visit www.pendletonundergroundtours.org

Pendleton Round-Up. The annual Pendleton Round-Up is 44 miles from the hotel but worth the drive. Get an up-close-and-personal look at bull riders, steer ropers and wild cow milkers. Plus, enjoy parades, arts and crafts and an opening night concert that kicks off this week-long celebration. One event will make it abundantly clear why the slogan for the Round-Up is “Let ‘er buck!” For more information, visit www.pendletonroundup.com

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. At the foot of the Blue Mountains near Pendleton, Oregon, you’ll encounter the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. The interpretive center for the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Tribes, the Institute includes world-class exhibits, a museum store and the Coyote Theater. Discover the traditions and practices that distinguish the Confederated Tribes. For more information, visit www.tamastslikt.com

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. This 26,100 square foot exhibit wing holds interactive displays which bring to life the tremendous volcanic upheavals and raging floods that created the Gorge, describe the mighty River which sculpted patterns for a unique and spectacular diversity of vegetation, wildlife, and ancient life ways, and follow the currents that shape our futures in the Gorge. For more information, visit www.gorgediscovery.org/exhibits.aspx

Sacagawea Heritage Trail-Tri-Cities, Washington. The wheelchair accessible 22-mile Sacagawea Heritage Trail extends through Pasco, Richland and Kennewick-the Tri-Cities of Washington State. Get up-close to nature from an easily accessible paved trail system along the Columbia River. View songbirds, migrating waterfowl, osprey, blue heron, duck and pheasant. And, occasionally, skunk, deer, beaver, river otter and snakes. For more information, visit www.accessibletrails.com/SoCentral_Wa/benton.htm