Welcome to Southern Oregon, a land of wild rivers and whitewater, of world-famous fishing and rafting, and of historic towns waiting to be enjoyed and explored.
Hike hundreds of trails winding through old-growth forests and coastal estuaries, roam high meadows and verdant valleys, and skim the mountainsides of high desert and outback country. Birders spot more breeds here than almost anywhere else in the West. The stage is set for theatergoers and art lovers with world-class performances, unique venues and dozens of art festivals. History buffs can experience one of the West’s original gold rush-era settlements and the Applegate Trail. Wine lovers will find hillside vistas, diverse growing appellations and bold, varied wines. This is home to North America’s deepest lake and Oregon’s only national park, Crater Lake, one of many natural wonders along a ribbon of National Scenic Byways ready to lead you to an amazing vacation.
Start your journey in charming Ashland, which features historic neighborhoods, fine dining and beautiful parks, including 40-hectare Lithia Park. Sip coffee at cafes or shop in bookstores, art galleries and boutiques. The Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents classic and contemporary plays in three unique theaters, including the outdoor Elizabethan Stage, from mid-February through October.
Autumn day at Lithia Park in Ashland
Jacksonville, founded in 1851, is a gold rush town with more than 100 historic buildings and its Main Street that looks like a Western movie set. The town’s pioneer charm is a wonderful backdrop to extraordinary dining and lodging, and the Britt Festivals, the Pacific Northwest’s premier outdoor summer performing arts festival.
On the town in historic Jacksonville on a clear evening