is a land of unmatched Majesty and Grandeur, the land that Lewis
and Clark set out to explore and the reward at the end of the
pioneer's trail. From its mountains of thick fern covered forests,
high Cascade Mountains and pristine lakes, to it's roaring rivers
and Crater Lake, the deepest lake in North America, Oregon gets
you! It's rugged rivers, and lush fertile valleys and The Columbia
River Gorge with miles of plummeting water falls and scenic Historic
Hwy make Oregon a paradise cherished by those who call it home
and enjoyed by all who visit.
Oregon Landscape, the hearty fortitude of it's pioneers and the
creativity of it's founders has inspired a way of life in Oregon
that is in harmony with nature, harvesting and creating from it's
bounty fine wines and culinary art and a creativity that drives
a culture of art, music and the appreciation of the most precious
things in life.
The Oregon Coast stretches four hundred
miles, it's breathtaking beauty enchanting all that visit or live
here. Huge stone islands rise out of the shoreline waters as lush
pine forests meet the powerful blue Pacific Ocean. Charming resort
towns and fishing villages with their little bays and river outlets,
span a coast known for it's rugged beauty, lighthouses and great
historic significance. Whale watching, canoeing, beachcombing,
hiking and fishing extend from north to south on the Coast, as
each community is a gem on the sands of a mighty sea.
the mouth of the Columbia River, Salmon began their journey back
upriver from the sea, and the city of Astoria and Warrenton, mark
the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail. . Astoria has been the scenic
backdrop for many movies such as Kindergarten Cop, Free Willy,
The Goonies and Short Circuit and movie tours are a popular attraction.
the South, Newport is a marine science center of discovery, with
the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Marine Discovery Tours and
the Oregon Coast Aquarium giving visitors a glimpse into the sea.
Located in the center of the 47-mile stretch of sand dunes that
comprises the Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area, Reedsport
is considered the "heart of the Oregon Dunes". The Oregon International
Port of Coos Bay is a large commercial port and Coos Bay is also
a center for shopping, dining and entertainment. The Pony Village
Shopping Mall is the largest indoor shopping mall on the coast.
The Rogue River's wild and scenic journey ends here at Gold Beach
where gold was found in the 1800's. Jet Boat Rides are a great
attraction as they zoom up river and river front resorts offer
Oregon's Largest City
as "The City of Roses, Portland is a major port city with it's
grand bridges crossing the great Columbia River and The Willamette
as they join beneath modern skyscrapers and pine covered mountains.
The snowcapped peaks of the surrounding cascades can be seen from
the City that is an historic and cultural center with art and
education it's heart. Washington Park is set high overlooking
the city on it's west side and features many of the city's greatest
attractions including the Oregon Zoo, The Japanese Gardens, and
the International Rose Tent Gardens drawing visitors worldwide.
Portland is one of America's biggest and most beautiful cities.
The Portland Rose Festival, kicking off in June, features an art
festival, Festival of the Bands, Boat Races, Fireworks, Grand
Prix and Starlight Parade. Portland loves a party and its residents
also love their sports teams. The Portland Trail Blazers basketball
team, Portland Winter Hawks Hockey Team, Portland Beavers Baseball
Team and Portland Timbers Soccer Team enjoy an enthusiastic fan
base from their proud city.
Gorge - Historic Gateway to the West
The Historic Journey of Lewis and
Clark took them through the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge.
The sites they saw still dazzle residents and visitors alike as
they drive east out of Portland along the Gorge. The Columbia
River Gorge offers some of the world's most stunning vistas along
miles of river. The Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway winds
along the cliffs, it's gentle curves, elegant stonework and graceful
bridges are unforgettable as is the scenery it winds through.
A series of waterfalls drop 300 feet into pools below to one side
and the majestic Columbia River on the other. The Highway itself
is an attraction, designed by Samuel C. Lancaster in the early
1900's; its decorative stone structure is highway artistry from
a bygone era. The highway leads through forests and up the cliff
sides and crests at Crown Point, an historic landmark lookout
point that provides Panoramic views over the Columbia River, and
The Cascade Mountains of Washington and Oregon.
The Gorge is a climatic wonder as rainfall on it's West end near
Portland is close to 40 inches per year and drops to half the
amount as you travel east to Hood River and reach very modest
rainfall on it's eastern end near The Dalles Oregon.
rich lush central valley produces luscious fruits, excellent wines
and great minds. It's historic cities such as Corvallis and Eugene
are also popular college towns. Eugene, the third largest city
in Oregon is home of University of Oregon, Northwest Christian
College, Eugene Bible College and Lane Community College. Corvallis
is home of Oregon State University and hosts one of Oregon's most
popular cultural events. Da Vinci Days, held annually, celebrating
art, science, and technology with artistic exhibits, a children's
parade and film and video festival.
Ballooning is popular here in the Willamette Valley as are tours
through the wine country. There are many attractions including
The Hatfield Marine Science Center giving children a behind the
scenes look at the Marine Research Facility operated by OSU. The
annual SeaFest gives visitors the opportunity to view labs and
talk to scientists.
Springfield Bach Festival draws music lovers to celebrate classical
music at it's best! The Lake County Farmers Market showcases the
produce and culinary delights of this rich green and fertile region
of Oregon known for its covered bridges and flowing rivers.
over Oregon's fur covered Siskiyou pass into the lush Rogue Valley
in Southern Oregon, you began to mine deep into the History of
the West from the Gold Rush era to the roaring 20's.
Ashland, Oregon the roaring 20's come to life in the image of
a grand great hotel and the history of Lithia Springs, where bathers
once came from miles around to bask in the healing waters rich
with Lithium. Here rejuvenation still comes to the traveler who
visits the Ashland Springs Hotel and the Blue Giraffe Spa. This
grand hotel has been restored to it's previous grandeur and houses
rare collections of botanicals, etchings and artifacts that complement
the theme that has drawn people to Ashland for several centuries
to experience the healing properties of nature and the natural
balance of life. Ashland Springs Hotel is walking distance to
the world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival where we celebrate
the timeless enchantment of moonlit evenings of Shakespeare under
the stars. Just minutes from downtown Ashland is the Mount Ashland
Ski Resort and a short drive up Dead Indian Memorial Hwy is Howard
Prairie Lake with it's Pine covered Islands in the forefront of
snow covered Mount Mackenzie.
While in nearby Jacksonville, the Gold Rush Era is relived at
Jacksonville Inn and Gold Dust can still be seen in the walls
of the Historic Inn. The Jacksonville Inn is #9 on the National
Historic register and is also a five star restaurant. The Britt
Festival is located in this landmark town, where all summer long
world-class performances are held in Britt gardens, an outdoor
theatre overlooking the Rogue Valley.
Just North out of Grants Pass you can take in the beauty and wildlife
seen on a backcountry jet boat excursion down the Rogue River,
and access Hwy 199 leading to the Coast through the Redwoods.
Just North East of the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon are the
deep waters of Crater Lake, the deepest Lake in the United States
the East side of the snow-covered Oregon Cascade Mountains lays
Central Oregon. It's ideal climate boasts 300 clear days per year.
The popular City of Bend is here with it's excellent golf courses,
views of the cascades, and skiing on nearby Mt. Bachelor. Rock
climbing, fly-fishing, mountain biking, hiking and ballooning
are just a few of the outdoor activities that abound in Central
Oregon. The Newberry National Volcanic Monument and Smith Rock
State Park are popular destinations and Three Sisters Mountains
grace the Western landscape. Shops, galleries, fine dining; concerts,
events and cultural celebrations abound in the growing and thriving
Central Oregon communities.
Oregon makes up a large part of the state. It is less populated
then the other regions and is study in contrasts. Eastern Oregon
is mysteriously beautiful and enchanting from its northern mountainous
region and the snow covered peaks of Wallowas to the rolling wheat
fields of the Columbia River Plateau. Life in the small quaint
towns of Eastern Oregon seems to stand still. The rolling painted
hills of Eastern Oregon with hues of red, yellows and browns brush
stroked by natures fury in swirling patterns across the landscape
are breathtaking. Long sloping cliffs, layered in shelves, formed
by volcanic activity, and wide-open plains filled with desert
flowers characterize much of Eastern Oregon.