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My dad was a gearhead. He had an annual subscription to “Car and Driver” magazine. He insisted that I know how to change the oil in my own car. And on Sundays, he’d take the whole family to the car dealership down the street just for kicks. That love of cars was passed down to me and now my children. So a family vi

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Often called America's bike capital, Portland is the largest U.S. city to attain platinum status by the American League of Bicyclists. Only here does a publicly visible "bike barometer" run daily into the thousands. Well-marked bike lanes keep cycling routes safe and fun. Ample staple-shaped bike racks outside our food,

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If the thought of building a campfire, launching a canoe or baiting a hook leaves you feeling lost, fear not — there’s plenty of hope. Not everyone’s a born outdoors person. Which is why Oregon State Parks launched its Let’s Go series of events — as an easy, low-cost way to pick up these handy skills, through t

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In Ashland, nature and culture are in league for an exhilarating getaway. In this gorgeous, friendly Southern Oregon hotspot, you can explore historic parks and scenic bike routes, dine on farm-fresh bounty and wrap up your day rejuvenating at the city’s renowned spas. Here are six ways to build an Ashland vacation tha

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Nick Symmonds grew up fishing, hiking, camping and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Today, the Eugene-based athlete has become an Oregon celebrity of sorts — a two-time U.S. Olympian (Beijing 2008 and London 2012), former college track superstar, former Nike athlete and entrepreneur. The post

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What's better than a ride on the Oregon Scenic Bikeway? Pedaling the route with dozens of friends on a coordinated ride. Fortunately there are plenty of Oregon Scenic Bikeways ride events happening this summer. The hard part is picking which ones to join. The post

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Geologically speaking, the Oregon Caves are a few million years old, but they weren't discovered in modern history until 1874. Eventually more than 15,000 feet of limestone passages were mapped out. In 1909, President William Howard Taft established the Oregon Caves National Monument. By 1935, tens of thousands of visito

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During the month of May, Oregon reigns supreme with the most lift-accessed terrain available anywhere in the country. Three ski areas — Timberline Lodge & Ski Area and Mt. Hood Meadows on Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor in Central Oregon — keep the lifts spinning, lay down fresh corduroy runs and groom freestyle park

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From a historic Victorian port city to the West’s most iconic sea stack, the considerable eye candy of Oregon’s North Coast has speckled the portfolios and Instagram feeds of professional photographers and hobbyists alike. But let’s be honest, you can’t quite capture that misty aura hovering over these beloved sh

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We think Oregon wine pairs nicely with the great outdoors. To celebrate Oregon Wine Month, my husband and I toured Southern Oregon's wine country, pairing vineyard visits with scenic hiking trails, historic landmarks and more — because we known there’s always more than one reason to take a trip in Oregon. The

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A getaway with friends is always great, but a trip that takes you on new adventures together is unforgettable. Fortunately in Oregon there's no shortage of thrills, big or small, that are fit for a perfect girls getaway. The post

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It’s a pretty safe bet to keep your shades handy year-round in Bend. With 300 days of annual sunshine, blue sky, clean air and cool nights are sort of the way of life here. The broad spectrum of weather and landscape in Bend makes for surprises around every turn The post

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From a brewing standpoint, Corvallis has been dealt quite a hand of cards. The jewel of Benton County resides at the core of the mid-Willamette Valley, known far and wide for its agricultural abundance, which, of course, includes hops. It is the home of Oregon State University, where aspiring students continue to fine-tu

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The cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Mazama created what we now call Crater Lake —and accounts of the dramatic event live on in both the geologic record and in Native American legends. The post The Creat

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The post 6 Little-Known Spots in Seaside appeared first on Travel Oregon.

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Luckily in Oregon, touring wine country has never been more accessible, no matter which part of the state you are coming from or headed to. Shuttles and guided tours (on four wheels, two wheels and even by horseback and helicopter) abound, ranging from luxury-class excursions (including lunch and behind-the-scenes tours)

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It’s easy to make your basecamp in Medford and choose between homestyle comfort food, seasonal farm-to-table cuisine or quickly grabbing a hot dog and soda while cheering on our collegiate baseball team, the Medford Rogues. Here’s how your family can spend four days of fun in the Rogue Valley. The post

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What's awesome about Albany? Architecture, food, drink, history, art and access to the outdoors, for starters. Spend a long weekend here and you can drink negronis in an historic bank building, visit the restored historic carousel, pop between quirky galleries and shops, set the kids free in a splatter paint studio and r

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When I’m not processing fiber, spinning or knitting, I enjoy visiting other small businesses nearby. Aside from driving the side roads and highways through the grass seed fields and countryside, here are a few of my favorite things to do when I’m out in the valley: The post

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Shooting stars streak across the night sky as the sun sinks into the Pacific Ocean. Hot air balloons soar over wine country, grape vines unfurling beneath them. Wild horses stream through a desert canyon, and giggling children ride a giant rabbit through a vibrant field of tulips. This is Oregon, “only slightly exagger

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Shooting stars streak across the night sky as the sun sinks into the Pacific Ocean. Hot air balloons soar over wine country, grape vines unfurling beneath them. Wild horses stream through a desert canyon, and giggling children ride a giant rabbit through a vibrant field of tulips. This is Oregon, “only slightly exagger

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You might have feasted on fresh crab on the Oregon Coast, or even fished for your own supper. But have you gone clamming by kayak, in the pristine waters of Netarts Bay or the Nehalem River? The North Coast Food Trail makes it easy for visitors to explore the fishers, producers, harvesters, grocers and dairy farms along

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Is there anything more delightful than exploring the Columbia River Gorge? How about if you add tasting wine, jams, fresh orchard fruit and artisan treats from farm stands and purveyors along the famous Hood River County Fruit Loop? The famed 35-mile route — with 17 farm stands, 10 wineries, three cideries, six berry f

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Hiking in spring and early summer is a treasure hunt of color as wildflowers bloom in the meadows and mountains of Oregon. Look for blossoms on these trails and others around the state. Columbia River Gorge: Rowena Plateau is an easy, 2-mile round-trip hike across the plateau toward the river. Look for an explosion of

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We're not sure which Southern Oregon season we love more, spring or fall, so it's a good thing we don't have to choose! Spring is when Southern Oregon comes alive. Outdoor life kicks into full swing, flowers are blooming, outdoor music begins and of course it is the gateway to summer. As a family we love to partake in as

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Have you vowed to eat healthier this year? Try new foods? Cook with more local, seasonal ingredients? Look no further for inspiration than the latest slate of cookbooks written by some of the Oregon’s most acclaimed chefs and food artisans. Get ready to start cooking with these favorite Oregon cookbooks. The pos

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We can all use a little Bandon action. Ocean beaches? Check. Watersports? Check. Forests and fresh air? The natural wealth surrounding this relaxed river and beachfront burg (pop. 3,200) swirls rich in pulse-raising, calorie-zapping fun — all of it in convenient reach from the amenities and creature comforts available

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This is my family’s first visit to Tamástslikt Cultural Institute (pronounced Tah-must-slickt) near Pendleton. We’ve driven through the same lands crossed by Lewis and Clark, waves of traders, 19th century Christian missionaries and Oregon Trail pioneers. But it wasn’t their land. These are lands that have belonge

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From salt-water taffy to kite-flying to fresh seafood chowder, Lincoln City has long been a top family spot for old-fashioned fun on the Oregon Coast for generations. But there are lots of surprises along this inviting stretch of beach town on the Central Coast that you may not have discovered. Lincoln City follows Highw

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