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.

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Oregon Travel: McMinnville

IN 1950, CREATURES FROM ANOTHER WORLD SELECTED McMinnville, Oregon, planet Earth as a place of curiosity and research. Their vehicle was nearly thirty feet in diameter and shaped like a flying saucer or a garbage can lid. If it weren’t for Mr. and Mrs. Paul Trent out feeding the rabbits on their farm that day, this foray would have gone unobserved by humans, and the saucer pilots would have quietly collected data before reporting back their observations.

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Oregon Travel: Jacksonville

Jacksonville is a throwback to a time when all that glittered was indeed gold. 

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Oregon Travel: Corvallis

1859 spent 72 hours in Corvallis, taking in a Beavs game and lots more.

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Oregon Travel: Cannon Beach

In 1894, mail carrier George Luce rounded up his neighbors and a couple of horses, and pulled from the sea what would become the namesake for present day Cannon Beach. They dragged the cannon to what was the post office in Arch Cape, five miles south of presentday Cannon Beach.

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Oregon Travel: Bend

In 1915, the two largest sawmills in the country (Shevlin-Hixon and Brooks-Scanlon) sat facing each other across the Deschutes River in Bend. It’s doubtful that anyone could have, through all that smoke, predicted that one day the small timber town would morph into a winter recreation destination. Perhaps a few of the Swedish and Norwegian loggers and mill workers, who brought the ski sports to Bend and Central Oregon, might have had a momentary flight of fancy that involved a future with an alpine ski area, miles of cross-country ski trails and possibly more breweries than churches.

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Oregon Travel: Columbia River Gorge

Eons of spewing volcanoes and cataclysmic floods created the Columbia River Gorge, where Oregon’s grandest river rolls through towering cliffs of basalt. Even Congress agreed this place was special. Twenty-five years ago, it named the Columbia River Gorge the country’s first National Scenic Area, protecting the Columbia’s most dramatic stretch, the eighty-five miles between the Sandy and Deschutes rivers.

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Oregon Travel: Eugene

Track Town, USA brings together the legend of Steve Prefontaine, Ken Kesey and Bill Bowerman with a spate of cultural venues that rivals any big city.

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Oregon Travel: Bandon

A small, quiet town by the sea is home to Oregon’s world-renown golf venues—Bandon Dunes Resort. Play one of the many challenging Scottish-style courses or head in for a cozy seafood dinner in Bandon’s cluster of fresh seafood restaurants.