It’s hard to slap a single characterization onto Oregon’s geography and people. The landscape mixes rugged coastline and thick evergreen forests with barren, fossil-strewn deserts, volcanoes and glaciers. And as for its denizens, you name it – Oregonians run the full gamut from prologging, antigay conservatives to tree-hugging, dope-growing, ex-hippie liberals. The one thing they all have in common is an independent spirit – and a fierce devotion to where they live.
Best places to stay in Oregon
The Pacific Northwest's Best Trips
Discover the freedom of the open road with The Pacific Northwest’s Best Trips. We’ve selected 33 amazing road trips through the Pacific Northwest, from two-day escapes to week-long adventures, and packed them full of expert advice and inspirational suggestions. Whether you want to cruise along the coast, explore volcanic remnants or sample regional wines, we’ve got the trip for you.
Exploring the best of the Oregon coast on 7 easy hikes
You know those cliff-cut roads, rocky shores, surf waves and gold-sand beaches of California don't just stop cold when the state line passes by, right? In fact Oregon's stunning 360-miles of coastline is the great drive-and-hike destination of the West Coast.
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Washington, Oregon & the Pacific Northwest - Ashland, Southern & Eastern Oregon (Chapter)
This chapter contains the Ashland & Southern Oregon and Eastern Oregon chapters from Lonely Planet's Washington, Oregon & the Pacific Northwest guidebook. Coverage includes: Ashland, Medford, Jacksonville, Grants Pass, Oregon Caves National Monument, Roseburg, North Umpqua River, Crater Lake National Park, the Rogue River, Klamath Falls, Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges, Pendleton, La Grande, Enterprise, Joseph, Wallowa Mountains, Hells Canyon, Halfway, Baker City, John Day, Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Ontario, Jordan Valley, Burns, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Steens Mountain, Alvord Desert, Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge and Lakeview.
Oregon destination guides
Call it what you want – PDX, P-town, Stumptown, City of Roses, Bridge City or Beervana – Portland positively rocks.
Adventures in the Columbia River Gorge
The state border between Oregon and Washington is notable for one thing: a river runs through it. But not just any river – the mighty Columbia, the fourth-largest river in the US, flowing through a massive gorge that’s up to 1219m (4000ft) deep and over 128km (80mi) long.
Small-Group Mt Rainier Experience Including Hiking or Snowshoeing and Lunch or Dinner
One of the most iconic sights in Seattle is the snowcapped peak of the impressive Mt Rainier. On this small-group, full-day tour, experience this incredible area as you explore the glaciers, waterfalls and wildlife with an expert guide while traveling in a luxury Mercedes van.
Parks & Mountains of Western Canada
Explore western Canada's best national parks on foot
5 family-friendly destinations you might not have thought about
Everyone knows travel changes once kids come into the picture. Suddenly you have to plan around naps, easily accessible rescue centers for soiled-underpants and whining backseat drivers. What they don’t tell you is how much fun it can be, and that it doesn’t have to be limited to timeshares on beaches and mega-amusement parks.