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Oregon Quick Facts

Uniquely Oregon: Cannon Beach and the Pacific Coast forest
Must-See: Old Man of the Lake, a log that’s been bobbing vertically in Oregon's Crater Lake since at least 1896
Most Unusual: Prehistoric Gardens at Port Orford
Highest Point: Mount Hood, 11,161 feet.
Food to Try: Tillamook cheese, hazelnuts, and marion berry pie

What to Do

1 Watch a play in Ashland

2 See the sand dunes

3 Ski Mount Hood

4 Go hiking in the Sisters Wilderness

5 Count the bridges and microbrew pubs in Portland

6 Watch the Oregon Ducks take on the OSU Beavers


Off the Beaten Path | Oregon

Oregon is a state full of natural wonders and amazing outdoor spaces. Throughout the state you will find interesting places to visit. It is a state full of amazing spots to camp, hike, swim and enjoy all sorts of outdoor recreation. Here are just a few of the amazing spots and sights that Oregon has to offer its residents and visitors.

Three Sisters Wilderness
This wilderness area is one of the more popular areas in Oregon. Three Sisters is located in the Deschutes and the Willamette National Forests. There are 242,000 acres of wilderness in Three Sisters, with 260 miles of trails, including 40 miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Much of the wilderness area is composed of dense forest. Three Sisters Wilderness Area is a great destination for hiking, wilderness camping and much more.

Ashland
Located near the California border and the foothills of the Siskiyou and Cascade Ranges. Ashland is best known for the annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has an eight and a half month season, which shows eleven plays plus many other activities. Attendance at the Festival can reach over 400,000. Visitors to Ashland also have the opportunity to enjoy the Ashland Independent Film Festival in April or attend the Food and Wine Classic in November. Ashland is also home to Southern Oregon's first park, Lithia Park, which covers 93 acres right off the downtown plaza. Lithia Park has Japanese Gardens, tennis courts, duck ponds and much more.

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
The awesome sand dunes at Oregon Dunes are the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America. The dunes stretch from Florence to Coos Bay and stand 500 feet above sea level. Visitors to the dunes can enjoy lots of off-highway vehicle riding, as well as hiking, fishing, horseback riding, canoeing and camping. As visitors wander to the dunes they can come upon dense tree islands, wetlands and even lakes. Those visitors that enjoy water sports can have fun sailing, water-skiing, swimming and even scuba diving on the over 30 lakes and streams in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

Siskiyous Mountains

A coastal mountain range in southwestern Oregon, the Siskiyous are a part of the Klamath Mountains. They are some of the wildest mountains in the region, and even the weather is wild. The western canyons in the Siskiyous Mountains can get up to 100 inches of rain in the winter. Much of the Siskiyous Mountains are located within the Rogue River-Siskiyous and Klamath National Forests. In addition, the Pacific Crest Trail follows a portion of the range's ridge. Visitors can enjoy all sorts of recreation including wilderness camping, fishing, hiking , white water rafting and cross-country and downhill skiing in the winter.

Coos Bay
Coos Bay is an important port city on the southern coast of Oregon, and it is also the largest city on the Oregon Coast. The city is full of museums, art galleries, live theater and even festivals. In addition, visitors can enjoy golfing, sailing, canoeing, scuba diving, fishing and more at the area's nearby parks: Sunset Bay State Park, Shore Areas State Park, Cape Arago State Park. Coos Bay is also a great destination for crabbing and clamming, which are allowed year-round. Storm and whale watching are also fun activities that visitors can enjoy at Coos Bay.

Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake is one of the most unique areas in the country. Most of the year the park is covered in snow -- the summertime window is very  brief, lasting only from July to October. During the short summer, visitors can enjoy the Rim Drive, hiking, camping, fishing, swimming in the lake and even take a boat tour of the lake. The park offers interpretive programs where visitors can learn about the history of the park and the very interesting volcanic past of the lake. During the long winter, which lasts from October to July, the Rim Drive is mostly closed, but visitors can still enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the trails.

Cannon Beach
This is a very popular resort town on the northern coast of Oregon. The delightful little town of Cannon Beach is just west of Highway 101, and its downtown area is full of relaxing little shops, galleries and more. Visitors to Cannon Beach will probably spend most of their time on the beautiful sand beach. Haystack Rock is the most recognizable sight in the town, as it is the large haystack-shaped rock standing in the water just off the beach. During low tide, visitors can enjoy exploring the amazing tide pools created by the rock formations around Haystack Rock. Visitors to the beach can also participate in sand sculpting, or horseback riding on the beach, and even flying a kite. When visitors need a break from the beach they can explore the rainforest that stretches right down to the beach.


Oregon | Fun and Funky Things to Do

Oregon is a beautiful state. Throughout the state there are a stunning variety of natural wonders and destinations to visit. Travelers looking for a few spots that are a bit funky and a lot fun should be sure to find some of these destinations.

Lava River Cave
The Lava River Cave is located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument within the Deschutes National Forest. Throughout the Monument there are many fascinating volcanic formations. The Lava River Cave is a mile-long lava tube. Visitors take a self guided tour through the link of this amazing natural wonder.

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
This museum is an excellent destination for aviation enthusiasts, and anyone with an interest in seeing airplanes up close. The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum has all sorts of aircraft ranging from the historic to modern, big and small. Visitors also have a chance to see he Spruce Goose.

Prehistoric Gardens
Located in a rainforest, the Prehistoric Gardens are a great spot to really learn about prehistoric times. The Prehistoric Gardens are filled with full size replicas of prehistoric animals. These gardens are the vision and creation of one man. Visitors are sure to have a great time exploring the rainforest, seeing life-sized dinosaurs, and learning all about these ancient creates.

The Oregon Vortex
The Oregon Vortex is one of those unique mystery spots where the laws of physics don't seem to apply. Visitors can explore, learn about the history and much more during a visit to the Oregon Vortex. This destination also has a fun souvenir shop where visitors can grab something special to remember the visit.

Astoria Column
The Astoria Column is locate in Astoria, it commemorates important points in history, industries and people in the west. Astoria is the oldest American settlement on the west side of the rocks. In addition to enjoying the history of the town, the Astoria Column affords visitors unique views of the surrounding area at the top. Visitors can climb the tower, marvel at the amazing scenes depicted on the column and enjoy the breathtaking views.

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Oklahoma Quick Facts

Uniquely Oklahoma: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Must See: Turner Falls Park and Turner Falls in Davis
Most Unusual: Waikrua Rattlesnake Hunt
Highest Point: Black Mesa, 4,973 feet
Food to Try: Fried Okra and Black-Eyed Peas

What to Do in Oklahoma:

1 Visit the site of the 101 Ranch in Ponca City

2 Experience the wild frontier at the Fort Washita Fur Trade Era Rendezvous

3 Have some outdoor adventure at Red Rock Canyon State Park

4 Take in the atmosphere at a rodeo

5 Visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

6 Learn about wind energy during a visit to Weatherford's wind farm


Off The Beaten Path | Oklahoma

Oklahoma is a great mid-western state. Throughout the state there are world class destinations and attractions that you won't want to miss during a vacation to the state. Here are a few of the state's must see destinations.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Located near Sulphur, Oklahoma, this recreation area is a beautiful Oklahoma destination. The recreation area is divided into two districts the Platt Historic District, which comprises the former Platt National Park, and the Lake Arbuckles district. Throughout the park visitors will find beautiful examples of natural formations. Visitors will find the freshwater springs of the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer, the Lake of the Arbuckles, and more.

Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
Stretching across 17 acres in Oklahoma City, the Myriad Botanical Gardens has over 1000 different species of plants within the conservatory. The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory is a fantastic architectural attraction, with an amazing collection of tropical plants from around the world. In addition there are beautiful outdoor grounds for visitors to enjoy.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
For those visitors to Oklahoma that are interested in Western art and culture. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum has an impressive collection of Western art, and is one of the best places in the nation to go to learn about Western history. Some collections include rodeo art and history, Cowboy collections, Western art and more.

Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore Museum

This fascinating museum gives visitors the opportunity to look into the pharmacies and drugstores of the frontier times. The museum has medicinal treatments from the time as well as tool and other artifacts from early drugstores. In addition, the Apothecary Garden has medicinal herbs and plants that were used by early pharmacists, and the garden is also a nice park to explore during your time in the town of Guthrie where the museum and garden are located.

Robbers Cave State Park
Located in the southeast of Oklahoma, Robbers Cave State Park can be found in the San Bois Mountains. Visitors to the park can enjoy all sorts of fun recreation, including rappelling, hiking and more. While enjoying the lakes, cliffs and other sites of natural beauty, visitors can learn about the history of the area as a hideout for outlaws like Jesse James and others.

Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center
One of the most important archaeological sites in the nation, the Spiro Mounds were built hundreds of years ago. Within the Center there are twelve mounds, which were used for ceremonial purposes, homes and more. Archaeologists have uncovered significant pieces of culture through the artifacts found within the mounds. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the culture and the history of the mounds at the exhibits and on the interpretive trails through the area.

Wichita Mountains Byway
This beautiful drive is a great way to experience the remaining area of Southern Mixed Grassland while seeing some amazing wildlife, and winding through the Wichita Mountains.   As visitors travel through the Wichita Mountains they will see the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, which started as a wildlife preserve created by President Theodore Roosevelt in order to save the American bison from extinction.


Oklahoma | Fun and Funky Things to Do

Oklahoma is a wonderful state to visit in the United States. Visitors that enjoy exploring some of the more unusual destinations in a state should stop at a few of these fantastic fun and funky destinations.

The Blue Whale
Located in Catoosa, this gigantic concrete blue whale is a local icon and a Route 66 icon. Although it fell into disrepair for a time after the original creators closed their attraction, the Blue Whale has been restored by the town and is a fantastic stop along Route 66 and for visitors to Catoosa. Visitors to the Blue Whale can explore the attraction as well as enjoy a picnic lunch and see the remains of the remainder of the attraction.

Will Rogers Memorial Museum
Fans of Will Rogers should be sure to visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore. The museum contains an amazing exhibits filled with Will Rogers artifacts. The exhibits include memorabilia, photographs from throughout his career, a saddle collection and the Rogers family tomb. The Museum also has a selection of original art and much more.

Cow Chip Throwing Capital of the World
One fascinating destination in Oklahoma is Beaver, which is known as the Cow Chip Throwing Capital of the World. Each year in April the town hosts the World Championship Cow Chip Throw. Here people come to compete in this spectacular throwing contest and in addition, visitors can enjoy the variety of memorabilia and other commemorative items throughout the town.

Waurika Rattlesnake Hunt
Each April the town of Waurika holds an Annual Waurika Rattlesnake Hunt. Throughout the weekend of the event there are many interesting events held. The main event is the Rattlesnake Hunt, with prizes awarded to those with the longest snake among other things. In addition to the hunt there are other festivities, including live performances, a carnival and even opportunities to eat snake meat.

Route 66 Great Transcontinental Footrace
Visitors to the town of Foyil can stop to see the statue commemorating the winner of the Route 66 Great Transcontinental Footrace. This race was held in the 1920s, the contestants in the race ran the entire length of Route 66, from Los Angeles to New York, covering a distance of over 3,400 miles. The winner of the race, an Indian, Andy Payne, ran the entire length in just over 573 hours. The statue in Foyil commemorates the long and impressive journey of Andy Payne.

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