Explore Oregon

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Independence

Once the hops capital of the world, Independence has becom a well-preserved warren of historical buildings down Main Street and an energetic community scene centered on its Willamette riverfront amphitheater.

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Oregon Bucket List

The best Bucket List for Oregon’s must-dos. See a rodeo at the Pendleton Round-up, go yurting on the coast, climb Mt. Hood, run Pre’s Trail and more. 

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Triathlete Mackenzie Madison

Triathlete and Eugene resident Mackenzie Madison gives us insight into the chaotic world of competition.

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Strolling the Oregon Coast

Oregon’s Highway 101 where the Lewis and Clark expedition ended—at the confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean, where Fort Clatsop sidles up to Warrenton. Southbound travelers discover rivers, resorts, refuges, and more state parks and waysides per mile than any other stretch of Oregon road (thirteen state parks in Clatsop County alone). Hamlets spring from grassy dunes, artist colonies colonize and roadside eateries beckon travelers to Oregon’s seafood bounty. From Warrenton to the Cape Meares Lighthouse, this northern segment of Highway 101 puts travelers at the junction of sea and sand.

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Oregon Golf Adventure

What happens when you bring together three golfers and a golf agnostic for three days in an all-Oregon gonzo marathon in May? The following is a 3,500-word answer with epiphanies, miracles, a time travel machine, rain, sun and, of course, golf.

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Wine Across Oregon

Wine consumers and wine tourists can raise their glasses in a toast to the times. Prices have dropped, and wineries are courting tourists through their tasting rooms and wine clubs. The industry is in the hands of hundreds of small, family-owned wineries where visitors can often meet and talk with the people who craft the wine. The state’s wild, scenic beauty, its reputation as a foodie culture and a genuine place to taste wine attract many out-of-state tourists. And instead of all roads leading to Newberg or Dundee as they did in the ’80s and ’90s, wine lovers can get their fix in tasting rooms from Hood River to Ashland.

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New Jazz in Portland

Jazz in the Rose City is blossoming with youthful innovation these days in a Pacific Northwestern cult fueled by creativity. While expressing the independent spirit of Oregon, this emerging jazz culture also remains connected to the past.

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Jason Mitchell’s Oregon

Banker by day, photographer by passion, Jason Mitchell brings us these images of his Oregon.

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Columbia River Highway

The historic Columbia River Highway is one of the country’s most scenic, with expansive views of the Columbia River, waterfalls cascading from basalt cliffs, the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel and its Doscovery Center.