Things to do in Oregon

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14 Reasons Why We Love Oregon

In honor of Oregon’s 157th birthday on February 14, we’re sharing fourteen reasons why we love our state. 

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Waiting for Bigfoot

For more than forty years, a ten-by-ten-foot wooden box has been sitting deep in the heart of the Siskiyou National Forest, awaiting Sasquatch.

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Don’t Call it a Zamboni

The Bill Collier Community Ice Arena is named after a local man who, for many years, personally maintained a local open-air ice sheet for the community.

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Travel Spotlight: Port Orford’s Prehistoric Gardens

photo by Gary Randall While other families in the 1950s were running out to the suburbs, E.V. “Ernie” Nelson dreamed of dinosaurs. He left his life as a mill owner in Eugene, packed up his family and drove until he found a credible prehistoric setting for the large-scale beasts he would build by hand. Nelson surrounded himself with scientific journals and began building over the next thirty years. The eighty-six-foot-long Brachiosaurus alone took four years to complete. On January 1, 1955, Prehistoric Gardens (prehistoricgardens.com) opened in the coastal rainforest near Port Orford.  It’s still worth the stop.

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Couples Getaways in Oregon

Oregon, with all its diverse glory, has myriad options for the couple looking to get away.  From sumptuous sensory experiences at the best restaurants and wineries in the Pacific Northwest to adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone.