Your Southern Oregon Vacation Starts Here

Welcome to Southern Oregon, an amazing vacation destination located midway between Portland, Oregon and San Francisco. This is home to Crater Lake, North America’s deepest lake and Oregon’s only national park. And there's so much more.

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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Road Cycling

Whether you're looking for challenging climbs, beautiful scenery or nice flat loops, the low-traffic backroads of Southern Oregon provide the ideal ride for any cyclist.

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Shakespeare Festival FAQs

New to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival? Watch and hear answers to your most frequently asked questions.

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Abacela blends the elements

Hilda and Earl Jones of Abacela Winery

Magazine names Umpqua Valley producer '2013 Oregon Winery of the Year;' owners receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 2015 event.

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Learn how to 'walk on water'

Photo courtesy Northwest Rafting Company

Spend your next gorgeous summer day on the Rogue River standing up! Northwest Rafting Company offers lessons for the increasingly popular sport, paddleboarding.

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The giant Redwoods near Brookings.

To truly experience all Southern Oregon has to offer, you'll want to walk. Hundreds of hikes are available for any skill level through historic towns and beautiful wilderness.

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Ski & Snowsports

Mt. Ashland Ski Area

Skiiers, snowboarders and snowshoers rejoice! The abundance of snowparks and mountain peaks in Southern Oregon offer a winter wonderland for every snow-lover.

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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.

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"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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High Wire Act Above The Trees

Betty Carlton of Redding, CA, takes her turn on the line.Dan Shryock photo

Let yourself fly! Feel the adrenaline rush and conquer your fears at Rogue Valley Zipline Adventure.

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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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