Southern Oregon -- four seasons of outdoor adventure, cultural highlights and culinary pleasures

A visit to Southern Oregon any time of year is a journey of natural wonder, scenic outdoor adventures and cultural and culinary marvels. From Ashland's iconic Lithia Park, with miles of trails right in the heart of thriving downtown Ashland to the aspens turning yellow along the shore of Klamath Lake and the high Cascades you'll find the adventure you seek here in Southern Oregon all year long. Only half a day's drive from Portland and San Francisco, discover why so many people get away to Southern Oregon for a long weekend doing what it is you love to do.

Lithia Park Fall

Drive the Circle of Discovery for an exploration of Oregon’s unique geological treasures. The clear azure waters of Crater Lake, Americas deepest lake and the center of Crater Lake National Park, run 1,900 feet deep in this caldera formed 7,700 years ago with the explosion of Mount Mazama. Stay the night at the historic Crater Lake Lodge and watch the sun drop behind the crater rim. At the Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve visitors dive deep into the Siskiyou Mountains millennia of water trickling down from an ancient forest formed rare marble caves.

Crater Lake Moonlight. Photo Jak Wonderly

Between these two rocky wonders, dirt surfers will find seven miles of flowing mountain biking trails at the Mountain of the Rogue Trail System outside Grants Pass. Near Klamath Lake, Spence Mountain has 18 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails. The epic North Umpqua Trail system near Roseburg includes 79 miles of intermediate single-track trail winding through towering trees and mossy cliffs.

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Amid this natural beauty, find human marvels like the famous the Rogue Valley’s small town of Ashland, home of one of Wine Enthusiast’s 2017 Top Ten Wine Destinations in the World and 30-plus varietals that thrive in Southern Oregon’s dry and warm climate.

The cultural gem of Ashland is home to one of the nation's most famous theatre companies, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival--which offers ten plays on three stages from March through October each year.

Discover more of what you are looking for in your vacation at www.southernoregon.org and Do Something Great this year in Southern Oregon!

OSF Elizabethan Theatre 6/7/06  Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson

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