Located in the Pacific northwest, the state of Oregon has many well known destinations in the world of travel today. 9th most extensive and 27th most populous state in the nation, Oregon became a state in February of 1859, becoming the 33rd state admitted to the Union.
Famous for the exploration which was made of the area by Lewis and Clark, Oregon became an important part of the area economy for many reason throughout the years beginning with a vast fur trapping establishment and then later its other valuable natural resources. Perhaps most well known for the Oregon Trail, important in the westward expansion of settlers in the 1700 and 1800’s, Oregon’s well known Pioneer history plays an important role in the tourist industry today.
A large area with a diverse ecology and interest base, Oregon is generally divided into 7 distinct regions which include:
Central Oregon – This region is well known for its sunny weather and great outdoor opportunities such as golf, skiing and cultural sites.
Eastern Oregon – This area includes alpine peaks and vast rivers as well as many cities and towns and the infamous Oregon Trail.
Greater Portland – This are is art and culture filled and is considered a top destination for travel year round.
Mt. Hood / The Gorge – The highest point in Oregon, the area is home to a rich diversity of plant and animal species and many national and state areas preserving this natural history.
Oregon Coast – Dunes, beaches and fishing ports are just part of everyday life in this region. Bustling cities along the coast offer golf and dining abundant.
Southern Oregon – Home to cities and natural areas, this diverse area includes national monuments and parks as well as dozens of towns and cities.
Willamette Valley – The last area of the state of Oregon, this is the wine region and is well known for its world famous Pinot Noir and over 200 wineries.
Whether out for a wine tour, a visit to the bluest lake imaginable or for a stroll in a culturally rich big city, your options for travel in Oregon are as diverse as its ecology. Take the time to explore the thousands of amazing destinations in the U.S. as well as the thousands of others around the world and really experience what this world has to offer you.