Travel

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1859’s Best of Oregon 2010

This spectacular forest preserve off the Santiam Highway (Hwy 22) was mostly unheard of until 1859 when gold was discovered in the area. That led to years of misuse of the resource.

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Winter Destinations: Steve Amen’s Favorites

Steve Amen, OPB’s Oregon Field Guide, discusses his top Oregon winter destinations, from the Elkhorn Mountains, the highest range in the Blue Mountains of Northeast Oregon, to Anthony Lakes Ski Resort, one of the more beautiful, uncrowded and out-of-the-way ski areas, to the Oregon Coast, where winter storms provide non-stop entertainment as wind-whipped waves pound the beach.

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Ski Trails at Meissner Sno-Park

Nestled on the east side of the Cascade Range, Bend is home to the Deschutes Brewery, Mt. Bachelor and the lesser-known Virginia Meissner Sno-Park. Meissner is 15 miles south of Bend on the west side of Century Drive. Maintained by the Tumalo Langlauf Club and funded entirely by donations, Meissner offers more than thirty kilometers of groomed Nordic trails and snowshoe routes.

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Government Camp

Winters are a delight for Lloyd Scroggins, a ski coach at Mt. Hood. Summers are a close second with hikes and mountain bike trails crawling all over Government Camp. 

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Highway 20: Bend to Burns

Wake up your recondite historian and geologist and the events of Highway 20 are perhaps Oregon’s most interesting combination of geology, and Native American and pioneer culture in one stretch.

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Crabbing the Oregon Coast

“My father’s a great fisherman, and he always says that in crabbing, there’s the quick and the dead,” says Rock, 38. “There’s only so much crab out there, and they’ll all be caught up. It’s just a matter of who’s going to do it.”

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Highway 99W

Follow your nose through the Pinot Passage, the floodgate to the Willamette Valley wine country. Here’s a sip of history to pair with your next oenophile journey into Oregon’s Burgundian region.

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Living in Jacksonville

An ethnic Greek from Tanzania finds peace in Southern Oregon’s Jacksonville–a town with more buildings on the Historic Register than any other Oregon city.

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Sunset Highway

The Road Reconsidered explores sections of Oregon roads and rivers through history, geology and ecology to make your next trip more enlightened. In this Road Reconsidered, we look at Portland’s gangway to the coast, Sunset Highway, also known as Highway 26.

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Best Oregon Summer Trips: Our Top 25 Travel Destinations in Oregon

Oregon’s greatest asset is its diversity of outdoor recreation possibilities. Limiting any Oregon must-do list to 25 items isn’t an easy task. A hundred would be more like it. That noted, these 25 outings are the essentials. If you haven’t done any of them, you’ve got your work cut out for you. If you’ve done some of them, you’ll find some interesting pursuits that you may not have considered. Every summer, find two or three major outings and enjoy them to the fullest. So whether you walk, gawk, hike, ride, surf or paddle, you’ll go home from any Oregon outdoor experience the better for it.