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From Mt Hood to the Oregon Coast, Explore Oregon

Did you know you could zip from the city life of Portland to the Wild West of Pendleton in just an hour? The legendary Northeastern Oregon city is the prime destination for a weekend-size slice of the good life — and thanks to reasonably priced daily air service from Portland International Airport to Eastern Oregon Reg

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Mercy M'fon Shammah loves to hike, backpack, snowshoe, paddle and enjoy Oregon’s outdoors the same as any other adventurer. But she takes her enthusiasm to another level: She’s working to make the outdoors more accessible for all. The post

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Oregon’s car-free cachet starts with Portland’s comprehensive transportation network and extends to bikeable and walkable communities around the state, from sandy excursions on the Coast to rugged adventures in the sunny high desert. If you’re flying into the Pacific Northwest for the first time or if you’re a lo

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Anyone who’s traveled along Interstate 84 to the Columbia River Gorge knows that there’s just one problem: The view, one of the most beautiful in the state, whizzes by at 65 miles per hour. Starting Aug. 3, 2019, a brand-new section of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail will be open to visitors to soak u

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Ahh — long nights of stargazing, snack foods and wanderlust explorations. Camping is a rite of passage in Oregon, no matter if it’s your first time or 50th. Even for the most seasoned outdoors enthusiast, there are a few camping insider tips that can help you channel your inner Smokey Bear so your next camping trip i

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For nearly 10,000 years, humans have hunted, fished and lived along the Columbia River. The Chinookan people who bravely plied the lower river are often considered the first Columbia River Bar pilots. The post

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If you wake up with the warm sun on your face, to the rhythmic gurgling of a nearby river, as you watch a Townsend’s Warbler chasing a Mountain Chickadee from Juniper to Ponderosa to Sage, there’s a good chance you’re waking up in Tumalo State Park. Central Oregon has no shortage of amazing places that…

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Diamond Lake is one of those places that Oregonians have been enjoying for generations because, for the most part, the experience has remained largely unchanged. The first time visiting the lake, many people are surprised to learn that Diamond Lake is not shaped like a diamond at all. The post

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The communities of Cottage Grove and Dorena Lake have one important characteristic in common. They both seem to have the incredible ability to adapt, reinvent, transform and just keep going. This unique trait is deeply ingrained in the fabric of Oregon and when you start looking for it, you start to see it everywhere. Ju

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Not a lot of people have extensive knowledge about the town of La Pine. It probably doesn’t make a lot of bucket lists. And that’s the perfect reason to spend some time here. La Pine is a bit undiscovered, a bit of an up and comer. That’s all part of its charm. Stretching four miles along… The post

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Some 150 miles south of Portland and 40 miles southeast of Eugene on Highway 58 is Oakridge, a small community in the midst of a rebirth. In its early days, Oakridge was a rough-and-tumble railroad boomtown in the heart of timber country. For many years the Southern Pacific Railroad hauled a steady stream of timber and l

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The small unincorporated community of Rainbow is just as colorful as its name would have you believe. Surrounded by deep green forests and magical blue waters, this area, which also includes the unincorporated communities of McKenzie Bridge and Blue River, has always been a paradise for those looking to enjoy the outdoo

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Lan Su Chinese Garden in downtown Portland is more than just a cool, green escape from city streets. This tranquil oasis is filled with over 250 species of indigenous Chinese plants, orchids and lotuses, a waterfall and a koi-filled lake. It’s a place to savor a cup of oolong and a fluffy steamed bun in the teahouse, a

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This is my 12th year in Oregon — my 12th spring fading into my 12th summer. Water levels rise and disappear, and with them the wildlife. The butterflies are out; the vibrations from my footsteps encourage them to rise. The dirt roads have been free from snow long enough to be sandy underfoot in parts. I come upon the f

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I’m a mountain biker at heart. I love being in the woods on my bike, and I’ve completed a few long, multi-day off-road mountain bike tours, such as the Great Mountain Divide Bike Route, a 3,000-mile ride tracing North America’s Continental Divide. The post

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With nearly 70 cidermakers across Oregon, there’s a lot of love to share. The post Why You’ll Love Oregon Cider Week appeared first on Tr

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To Hunter Noack, a small state park or private farm can offer just as much grandeur as a concert hall, if not more. The young Portland musician — a classical pianist raised in Central Oregon — brings the state’s majestic outdoor spaces to life each year with his award-winning “In a Landscape” series of co

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When’s the last time you put on fairy wings to watch a troupe of stilt-walkers; glamped riverside to wake up to a day of fly-fishing and paddling; and cruised through town by foot or bike to sip wine, spot murals and listen to live music? You can do it all in the small- and mid-sized towns of the South Willamette Valle

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If you’ve been looking for that off-the-beaten path road trip, there’s almost no place in the state more remote than Lakeview, home to around 2,300 people who call Southern Oregon’s outback home. This high-desert town has no stoplight. It’s 100 miles east of Klamath Falls, 140 miles south of Burns and 175 miles s

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Tasting pinot while taking in vineyard views from a cozy tasting room is awesome. But tasting pinot after an hour-long, up-close-and-personal stroll through the vines that grew the fruit that’s in your glass? That’s the kind of day you’ll remember long after the bottle is empty. If you’re looking to level-up your

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Tasting pinot while taking in vineyard views from a cozy tasting room is awesome. But tasting pinot after an hour-long, up-close-and-personal stroll through the vines that grew the fruit that’s in your glass? That’s the kind of day you’ll remember long after the bottle is empty. If you’re looking to level-up your

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The East Gorge Food Trail offers a self-guided journey through historic orchards, vineyards and restaurants. Sourcing ingredients within 150 miles, businesses along this trail are rooted in their communities and the legacy of this unique landscape. The post

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The East Gorge Food Trail offers a self-guided journey through historic orchards, vineyards and restaurants. Sourcing ingredients within 150 miles, businesses along this trail are rooted in their communities and the legacy of this unique landscape. The post

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The beauty of the Pacific Northwest can have a powerful effect on people. Just ask Scott Kranz. In 2013 the Minnesota native followed his wife out west, took a hike in the Cascades and promptly realized his law career was keeping him from what he was really born to do: trek through the region’s snowcapped peaks and mis

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Yes, there really is a place in Oregon where you can sip wine, nibble on perfectly paired cheese and charcuterie made on site, ooh and aah over the baby goats and then stretch your legs with a long walk in the vineyard. Wooldridge Creek Winery, in Southern Oregon’s fertile Applegate Valley, is that uniquely magic

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Yes, there really is a place in Oregon where you can sip wine, nibble on perfectly paired cheese and charcuterie made on site, ooh and aah over the baby goats and then stretch your legs with a long walk in the vineyard. Wooldridge Creek Winery, in Southern Oregon’s fertile Applegate Valley, is that uniquely magic

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Visitors can now plan their tasty self-guided trips with help of the new East Gorge Food Trail map, which highlights 30 farm-fresh businesses from the idyllic little town of Mosier, 16 miles east to The Dalles, and 15 minutes south to Dufur. There are farms and orchards to visit as well as wineries, craft breweries and c

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Visitors can now plan their tasty self-guided trips with help of the new East Gorge Food Trail map, which highlights 30 farm-fresh businesses from the idyllic little town of Mosier, 16 miles east to The Dalles, and 15 minutes south to Dufur. There are farms and orchards to visit as well as wineries, craft breweries and c

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Tucked between the mighty Pacific and the rich estuary of the Yaquina River, Newport offers a lively year-round escape in nature’s seaside wonderland. Yes, there’s a lovely stretch of coastline, but also access to the woodlands and waterways for hiking, biking and paddling, plus family-favorite destinations such as t

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If you prefer to travel Oregon by air, we have the ways to get around. The post Oregon Airports: Traveling by Air appeared first on Travel Oregon.

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