Oregon is renowned for its bountiful valleys, soaring Cascades, easygoing citizens, and the richly eclectic culture. Planning a trip to this diverse state shouldn’t turn your life a mess of browser bookmarks and file folders, or make something you wanted to do – like peek into Crater Lake – impossible by losing a reservation. Take all of the stress out of planning with the following five apps.

First, find a flight that won’t cost an arm and a leg. If you’re planning air travel to Oregon, definitely look into SkyScanner. The app, built by travelers for travelers, provides up to date price observations, convenient fare compares, and an “explore everywhere” feature. SkyScanner has also begun offering low price vehicle rental and accommodation recommendations, based on budget constraints and dates.

The Weather Channel
The weather in Oregon can be quite unpredictable. If you’re near the coast, it might be a bit colder than expected. The Weather Channel app gives real time weather information straight to your phone. Use the interactive radar when you think rain may be coming your way, it can rain a lot in Oregon.

If you’re visiting Portland and you’re of legal drinking age, having UnTappd on your phone is a must. Portland has the most breweries than any other city in America. You’re sure to try a craft brew or two while you’re there. UnTappd is like Instagram for beer. Check in at the bar or brewery you’re visiting, snap a photo of your beer, and rate it. The app keeps track of what you tried and shares your rating with other users. You can also use their map feature to find breweries, bars, and specific beers nearby.

Wherever you are in Oregon, there’s a hiking trail near you. Head out on a hike with the AllTrails app. From difficult climbs like the Angel’s Rest Loop Trail to easy day hike up the Table Rocks with the kids. AllTrails takes the guesswork out of finding trail heads; never again will you find yourself confused by a local’s oddly specific, yet completely baffling instructions.

Less of a hiker, more of a foodie? TripAdvisor lists thousands of Oregon activities for all types of travelers – as well as reviews for restaurants, businesses, and local landmarks to spark your interest. With the app, you can choose a park for the kids, a historical attraction for the whole family, and then a romantic dinner for your partner from reviews alone.

About the Author: Brian is a guest contributor for Starfish Vacation Rentals, a vacation rental company in Oregon specializing in Oregon Coast and Portland rentals.

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