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Welcome to Oregon, the Beaver State!

Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It features rugged rocky coastlines, dense forests, fun cities, mountains, deep canyons, and desert in the southeastern part of the state. The state of Oregon has so much to offer such as outdoor recreation, food and drink, tax-free shopping, golf, and native american heritage.

Salem Public Market, OregonCome and check out Salem, the state’s capital city in the Willamette Valley boasting over 200 vineyards producing some of the best Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Noir wine anywhere. They grow produce sold at farmers’ markets that dot the historic towns and sides of the roads that can be biked and driven, which are connected by covered bridges and back roads that lead to the college towns of Eugene and Corvallis filled with cafes, bookstores, sports arenas and, of course, wine shops and wine bars where you can drink our great wine.

If you don’t like sunny days filled with adventure, you are going to be sorely disappointed if you come to Central Oregon during the 300 days of the year filled with sun. And seeing how there’s no shortage of adventure those other 65 days, you’re pretty much out of luck all year round. But if you’re into mountain biking, horseback riding, golfing, fly-fishing, skiing, caving, some of the hardest rock climbing in the world or anything else you can do outside that ends in “ing” you’re coming to the right place. Cowboys, quilters, and city slickers are all welcome.

cheap flights OregonOregon’s largest city, Portland has been described as America’s most European city. If that means a great walking city with tons of public transportation, a progressive atmosphere that celebrates the arts, a culture of great food, artisan coffee, beer and wine and neighborhoods chock full of shops selling handmade clothes, crafts and furniture, then we’d have to agree. As fantastic as Portland is to spend time in, it’s one of the easiest cities to spend time outside.
So whether you’re looking to spend time in or outside a great city, Portland’s it.

If you’re looking for world-class pinots, some of the best food and craft beer in the country, epic cycling, kayaking, windsurfing or just about anything else, look no further.

Oregon

Oregon’s Profile

Oregon’s state flag pictures a beaver on its reverse side. It is the only state flag to carry two separate designs.

Interesting Oregon facts
  • The Columbia River gorge is considered by many to be the best place in the world for windsurfing.
  • Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and is formed in the remains of an ancient volcano.
  • Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state.
  • Oregon and New Jersey are the only states without self-serve gas stations.
  • Eugene was the first city to have one-way streets.
  • Pilot Butte, a cinder cone volcano, exists within the city limits of Bend.
  • At 8,000 feet deep Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America.
  • Oregon’s state birthday is on February 14, Valentine’s Day.
  • In 1880 a sea cave was discovered near what is now known as Florence. Sea Lion Caves is known to be the largest sea cave in the world.
  • Silver Falls State Park is the Oregon’s largest state park. It features 10 waterfalls and contains a wide variety of forested hiking trails.
  • High above the city of Portland the International Rose Test Garden features more than 500 varieties of roses cultivated continuously since 1917.
  • At 11,239 feet Mount Hood stands as the tallest peak in Oregon. Mount Hood is a dormant volcano.

Following exploration by the Spanish and French, in the 17th and 18th centuries, Oregon was mapped by the Lewis and Clark expedition in their search for the Northwest Passage. Starting in the 1830s, many groups of pioneers travelled to the state on the famous Oregon Trail, and the U.S. began joint settlement of the area with the United Kingdom. In 1846, the border between U.S. and British territory was formally established at the 49th parallel – the part of the territory that was given to Britain would ultimately become part of Canada. Oregon was officially admitted to the union as a state on February 14th, 1859. Today, Portland, Oregon’s largest city, is considered one of the top cities in the nation in terms of quality of life, and the state is also known as one of the nation’s top producers of wine, boasting over 300 wineries.

Portland’s Grotto Sanctuary By Wyatt Martin Photos by Don Nelson “Let this be a sanctuary of peace for all peoples of the earth and surely in this day a sanctuary is needed. Torn with differences, strife, and grief, the world needs sanctuary where the...
Alvord Hot Springs In the southeast corner of Oregon in Harney County, the picturesque Alvord Hot Springs offers a feeling a soaking in a remote corner of the state. It is on the eastern side of the Steens Mountains and the western edge of...
The Bend Fall Festival will be celebrating it’s 19th year on the streets of Downtown Bend this Fall!  This festival is similar to the summer festival, but adds on a “harvest time” theme.  Promising a fabulous array of Art, Music, Food, and Fun, this...
Oregon’s Smith Rock State Park. Climb that Rock! Any time we are traveling through Central Oregon on Hwy 97, we take the time to go to Smith Rock State Park, one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon.  Smith Rock is made of volcanic ash...
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By Wyatt Martin For 31 years the USS Blueback (SS-581) submarine patrolled the waters of the Pacific Ocean on various missions for the United States Navy. It was the second ever “Barbell-class” sub used by the Navy and the last non-nuclear, fast-acting sub to...
Alvord Hot Springs In the southeast corner of Oregon in Harney County, the picturesque Alvord Hot Springs offers a feeling a soaking in a remote corner of the state. It is on the eastern side of the Steens Mountains and the western edge of...
The Bend Fall Festival will be celebrating it’s 19th year on the streets of Downtown Bend this Fall!  This festival is similar to the summer festival, but adds on a “harvest time” theme.  Promising a fabulous array of Art, Music, Food, and Fun, this...
Oregon’s Smith Rock State Park. Climb that Rock! Any time we are traveling through Central Oregon on Hwy 97, we take the time to go to Smith Rock State Park, one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon.  Smith Rock is made of volcanic ash...
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  A Great Base for RV’ers Touring the Oregon Coast The word is out: the Oregon Coast is magnificent, making it one of the top regional destination in the Pacific Northwest. If you are touring the Oregon Coast by RV, you may find the...
Join us for exciting new video webisodes as we explore the Pacific Northwest with Grant Goodeve. Grant has hosted the popular TV series, Northwest Backroads for 15 years and makes discovering the many diverse regions of the Pacific Northwest fun and informative. If you...
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Portland’s Grotto Sanctuary By Wyatt Martin Photos by Don Nelson “Let this be a sanctuary of peace for all peoples of the earth and surely in this day a sanctuary is needed. Torn with differences, strife, and grief, the world needs sanctuary where the...
The Bend Fall Festival will be celebrating it’s 19th year on the streets of Downtown Bend this Fall!  This festival is similar to the summer festival, but adds on a “harvest time” theme.  Promising a fabulous array of Art, Music, Food, and Fun, this...
Join us for exciting new video webisodes as we explore the Pacific Northwest with Grant Goodeve. Grant has hosted the popular TV series, Northwest Backroads for 15 years and makes discovering the many diverse regions of the Pacific Northwest fun and informative. If you...
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Portland’s Grotto Sanctuary By Wyatt Martin Photos by Don Nelson “Let this be a sanctuary of peace for all peoples of the earth and surely in this day a sanctuary is needed. Torn with differences, strife, and grief, the world needs sanctuary where the...
Alvord Hot Springs In the southeast corner of Oregon in Harney County, the picturesque Alvord Hot Springs offers a feeling a soaking in a remote corner of the state. It is on the eastern side of the Steens Mountains and the western edge of...
Oregon’s Smith Rock State Park. Climb that Rock! Any time we are traveling through Central Oregon on Hwy 97, we take the time to go to Smith Rock State Park, one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon.  Smith Rock is made of volcanic ash...
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