Your Southern Oregon Vacation Starts Here

Welcome to Southern Oregon, an amazing vacation destination located mid-way between Portland, Oregon and San Francisco.

Welcome, adventure travelers, to the land of the wild Rogue, Umpqua and Klamath rivers and to world-famous fishing and rafting destinations. Wildlife enthusiasts, hikers and cyclists: get ready for hundreds of trails that wind through old growth forests and coastal estuaries, roam across high meadows and verdant valleys, and skim the mountainsides of the high desert and outback country.

This is home to Crater Lake, North America’s deepest lake and Oregon’s only national park.

Birders spot more species in Southern Oregon’s Klamath Basin than almost anywhere else in the West.

The stage is set for theatergoers and art lovers with world-class performances, unique venues such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and dozens of fine arts festivals.

Wine lovers enjoy hillsides and stunning vistas, diverse appellations and microclimates, and bold, varied and noteworthy wines. Southern Oregon features a diverse array of fine restaurants with talented chefs who prepare locally grown cuisine to pair with award-winning wines.

Charming bed & breakfasts and elegant hotels are available to help you enjoy your stay.

A ribbon of scenic byways awaits just a short drive from the California border.

Your vacation starts here. Take a look at some ideas on this page.

Visit this top 10 wine destination

Guests enjoy wine and conversation with Belle Fiore staff. (Photo by Dan Shryock)

Wine Enthusiast magazine unveiled its annual list of top wine travel destinations in January and perhaps turned some heads with a non-traditional collection of international locations. The magazine offers its readership new places to consider. In the top 10 for 2016 is Ashland and Southern Oregon.

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Things to do at Crater Lake

Crater Lake, high in the Cascade Mountains range, is Oregon’s shimmering blue gem. It’s a must-see landmark during any trip to Southern Oregon.

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Lighthouses on the Coast

Umpqua River Lighthouse

Lighthouses have always been a classic beacon home to those at sea. The five situated on the Southern Oregon Coast are a must-see for every explorer, whether on land or water.

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Find Your Thrill in a Raft

Photo courtesy Momentum River Expeditions

Oregon's Wild & Scenic Rivers provide a beautiful and thrilling rafting experience for any skill level. Few places in America present outdoor enthusiasts more excitement and variety than beautiful Southern Oregon.

Select a Southern Oregon rafting outfitter and map your way directions on your mobile device.

 

 


Photo courtesy Momentum River Expeditions

 

Whitewater rafting on Oregon's Wild & Scenic Rivers offers breathtaking scenery, abundant forests and waterfalls, and a full range of mild to expert trips. The area is rich in Western history with old cabins, mines, and long-deserted Indian settlements dotting many runs.

Scroll down to see a map pinpointing area outfitters.

"When it comes to river rafting, there’s nothing like Southern Oregon,” says Pete Wallstrom, owner of Momentum River Expeditions. “In the spring, one of the craziest rides is on the Illinois River.  In the summer, we have the Rogue River. It’s everything people imagine a wilderness trip would be.”

Then there’s the Upper Klamath River, another of Pete’s favorites. “It’s one of the best stretches of summer whitewater in the country,” he says. “It’s a little less well known and that's the reason we go there.”

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Enjoy Crater Lake’s 'backyard'

The Upper Klamath Canoe Trail is easy to access and even easier to navigate. Photo by Carla Shryock

Crater Lake National Park is Oregon’s most beautiful destination. But don’t think it’s time to head home once you leave. There’s plenty to do and see in northern Klamath County, an area local residents like to call “Crater Lake’s backyard.” Here are some ideas on how to maximize your visit.

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A Crater Lake 7-Day Road Trip

Maximize your week off with this itinerary to Crater Lake National Park. Award-winning Oregon outdoors writer Zach Urness helps you make the most of each day.

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Zip High Near Crater Lake

Photo courtesy Crater Lake Zipline

Here's a chance to soar through the trees. All you need is a harness, a helmet and a spirit of adventure smack in the middle of a forest canopy.

“We have views to the mountains, to Klamath Lake – plus we are in these amazing giant trees that just take your breath away.”

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Crater Lake caters to cyclists

The National Park Service is setting aside  vehicle-free  days from Rim Drive around Crater Lake.

Distance riders get rare opportunities to peddle along a beautiful route without traffic concerns.

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Discover Southern Oregon On the Go

Southern Oregon is home to world-class fishing and rafting rivers, mountains for skiing, biking and hiking, and green valleys that produce award-winning wines. It's also home to North America's deepest lake and Oregon's only National Park, Crater Lake, which graces the back of Oregon's state quarter.

From the valley to the high desert, wildlife and nightlife share space. Southern Oregon is home to a pair of well-known attractions - the Britt Music Festival and Ashland's Oregon Shakespeare Festival - and to dozens of museums, art galleries, theaters, antique malls and tax-free shopping.

A ribbon of National Scenic Byways await, just a short drive from the California border. Follow the Redwood Highway to Grants Pass and the legendary Rogue and Umpqua rivers, where you'll find river adventures, jetboating, rafting, fishing and much more.

Discover Crater Lake National Park on the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway and experience the mountain lakes and world-class birding of the Klamath Basin and Oregon's Outback region.

History buffs will recognize the region as the site of Oregon's 19th-century gold rush, an era preserved within the boundaries of Jacksonville, a National Historic Landmark town.

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