The Food Network visited Southern Oregon recently to film a four-episode program for viewers in the United Kingdom. The program, "Jeni and Olly's West Coast Wine Adventure," stopped by both the Rogue and Applegate valleys for wine as well as an Ashland restaurant. Take a look!
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.
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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.
"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.”
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.