Your Southern Oregon Vacation Starts Here

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

This is home to Crater Lake, Oregon’s only national park.

We welcome adventure travelers, those who fish, rafters and those who hike. Got a bike? Ride it here.

Love craft beer and wine? Get a taste of this.

This is a bird watcher paradise. This is the land of Shakespeare. Charming bed & breakfasts and elegant hotels are available to help you enjoy your stay.

Experience Southern Oregon. We'll look forward to your return visit.

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Watch the CBS News video featuring "The Old Man of the Lake" which originally appeared on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016

3 Days in Jacksonville

Rooted in history, there’s no shortage of old-school charmin the culture and architecture of Jacksonville.Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce photo

This charming 1850s gold mining town — not far from Medford and Ashland and about 90 minutes from Crater Lake — beckons with its mild climate and abundance of culture year-round. In three days, you can explore the hip culinary scene and world-class wines, and take some time to rejuvenate. Here’s how to do it.

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Cross Our Covered Bridges

One of Southern Oregon's greatest attractions is the countryside itself. And, seeking out the region's old covered bridges is a good way to get away from traffic and see rural areas. There are 12 covered bridges in Southern Oregon. Check our map and find them for yourself.

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Celebrate birdwatching in the Klamath Basin-Part 1

An eagle has landed in the Klamath Basin. / Photo by Albert Ryckman, 2016 honorable mention photo recipient

Klamath County, home of Crater Lake National Park, and is located smack dab in the middle of the largest migratory bird route in the West. One topnotch to-do event each year is the Winter Wings Festival, where birdwatchers see the largest wintering population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states.

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Lighthouses on the Coast

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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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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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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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.

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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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