Oregon Travel

1859’s Trip Planners are your source for exploring the great state of Oregon. Whether you are a local looking for a weekend family getaway or just visiting, each article is an insider’s guide to the best trips in Oregon.

July_August_2015_72Hours_Ashland_Jared_Cruce_Southern_007

Oregon Travel: Ashland

Ashland is a storybook town: a village cradled by steep forested slopes on one side and hills that change from green to tawny, to white and snowy on the other.

florence trip planner

Oregon Travel: Florence

Florence is a perfect staging ground for exploring one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, from the mountainous southern dunes to the craggy beauty of Heceta Head and Cape Perpetua to the north.

summer-2012-columbia-gorge-mt-hood-road-reconsidered-highway-197-maupin-dalles-tygh-valley-dalles-bridge

Oregon Travel: The Dalles

Renowned for 300 annual days of blue sky, The Dalles sits cradled by angular cliffs and sloping grassy hillsides.

Oregon Trip Planner: High Desert

Incorporated in 1910, Redmond was named after Frank T. Redmond, who settled here in 1905. Originally dubbed Hub City because it was a day’s horseback ride from here to Bend, Madras, Prineville and Sisters, Redmond remains a pivot point with the area’s only commercial airport at Robert’s Field.

1859_Krista_Rossow_72Hours_Salem_Nov-Dec_47

Oregon Travel: Salem

Government at work is like making sausage: You don’t really want to see how it’s done. Oregon’s capital city would like to challenge that notion.

1859_2014_Sept_Oct_RachaelOwen_72hours_LaGrande_1

Oregon Travel: La Grande

Early emigrants scurrying toward the Willamette Valley on the Oregon Trail barely gave the Grande Ronde Valley a nod. By the 1860s, the enchanted valley—ringed by the Wallowa and Blue mountains and rivers running through it—called out to settlers. There was gold in the hills, decent soil and water for farming. Settling here meant no more arduous mountain crossings or rafting down treacherous rivers. Some stayed to build a thriving hub between Portland and Boise, initially dubbed Brownsville but incorporated as La Grande in 1865 after city leaders learned another town had already claimed the name.

1859_July_August_Seaside_Oregon_72_hours_6

Oregon Travel: Seaside

When SacagAwea, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and his family’s slave, York, and the rest of the weary band of explorers reached the edge of the tumbling Pacific in 1805, the list of fun stuff to do in Seaside was fairly short. Namely, collect salt.

2014_May_June_72_Hours_Grants_Pass_Southern_Oregon_1

Oregon Travel: Grants Pass

Throughout the history of Grants Pass, or Perkinsville as it was first called, slogans have spanned downtown archways.

2014-march-april-72-hours-portland-1

Oregon Travel: Northeast Portland

IF ITS SHOPS ARE ANY INDICATOR, Northeast Portland’s residents are likely the best manicured, tattooed, caffeinated beer-drinkers who ever set foot to pedal. Among other things, Northeast Portland is home to scores of tattoo parlors, spas, yoga studios, breweries and the powerful mani-pedi lobby. Once a bedroom community for Portland industry, Northeast—bordered by Burnside to the south, the Columbia River to the north, Williams Avenue to the west and past I-205 to the east—is a cultural destination, a Brooklyn-on-the-Columbia.

2013_1118_timberline-506

Oregon Travel: Mt. Hood

On September 28, 1937, an entourage of hundreds of dignitaries and craftsmen assembled on the south flank of Mt. Hood. History was in the making from what had just been made. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife rolled up the winding dirt road through the Ponderosa pines, and as the auto swung around the final curve, the massive and new symbol of his administration’s policies came into view.