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Oregon – Always Things to See and Do

If you like the outdoors, Oregon is an incredible state for all sorts of recreational activities including skiing, hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, backpacking, biking, sea kayaking, or just taking a walk.  You will always  have somewhere to go and something to do.  It may be the coast, the mountains, the desert, the city, a winery, a brewery, a rose garden, or browsing at Powell’s Books.  Here are some links to help you learn more about Oregon and explore it further.


  • Oregon Historical Society located in the heart of Portland’s Cultural District offers Oregon’s rich multicultural history through museum exhibitions, research collections, and publications.
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival is located in Ashland, Oregon.  It is a  nonprofit theater established in 1935 and has an annual attendance of more than 340,000. It presents eleven plays in repertory from mid-February through October on its three stages.

Especially for Children

  • High Desert Museum  Located south of Bend (central Oregon) on highway 97, the High Desert Museum has eye-catching appeal.  You will find pallid bats, collared lizards, a barn owl, playful river otters, birds of prey, plus many other desert animals.  You can also view eight dioramas representing a century of overland migration across the American West.
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium was the home where Keiko, the killer whale or orca celebrated in “Free Willy,” recovered before being moved to Iceland and subsequently to Norway where he died.
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry featuring Omnimax Theatre.
  • Oregon Zoo has about 1,029 specimens representing 200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.  Of these, 21 are from endangered species and 33, from threatened species.  Don’t miss it!  Light Rail Service (MAX) stops 200 feet from the Zoo entrance.

Travel in Oregon

Recreation and Play

  • Oregon Ski/Snow Links  Links for all the ski areas, resorts, and snow play.
  • Oregon Wine Advisory Board  Oregon is home to 47 wineries.  Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are the two wines that have made Oregon an internationally recognized wine growing area.
  • Pacific Crest Trail  The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is the jewel in the crown of America’s scenic trails, spanning 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through three western states (Washing, Oregon, and California). It reveals the beauty of the desert, unfolds the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks and glaciers in the Cascade Range. The trail also passes through historic mining sites and evidence of man’s endless quest for natural resources.
  • Team Oregon  Devoted to runners and walkers of all ages, with coaching, publications, rehabilitation, and forum pages.
  • Western Fly Fishing  One of the webmaster’s favorite site.  Covers fishing in Oregon and Washington.

Oregon Events and Fairs


  • Discover Oregon  Your trail guide to 50 plus sites and pages about Oregon.
  • Oregon Climate Service (OCS) is the official state archive agency for Oregon weather and climate data.  OCS is affiliated with the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciencesat Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.
  • Oregon Online is the table of contents and index to all the Oregon state  government Web sites and services. .
  • Oregon Trail Web site is brought to you by Mike Trinklein and Steve Boettcher, creators of The Oregon Trail, the award-winning documentary film that aired nationally on PBS stations.
  • Oregon Trail Museums and Interpretive Centers  Links to all five interpretive center sites.
  • The Oregon Plan represents an unprecedented undertaking on the part of the State of Oregon to restore our state’s salmon and trout resources.  The goal is to restore populations and fisheries to productive and sustainable levels that will provide substantial environmental, cultural, and economic benefits.


  • Atlas of Oregon – 2nd Edition  The atlas contains information on Oregon history, economy, geography, geology, demographics, industry, and natural resources, among other topics. Its 320 pages, almost all in full color, feature more than 1,000 maps and diagrams.
  • Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell by Kristiana Gregory.  Reconvenes the Dear America series in 1847, as Hattie, her parents, and her two younger brothers begin the long trek.  Considered a children book but good reading for all ages (some of us adults have read all the Laura Ingalls Wilder and Harry Potter books).
  • Best Places Destinations: Oregon Coast by Stephanie Irving (Editor).  From Astoria to the California border, this opinionated guide rates the finest restaurants, accommodations, and shopping. As with all the Best Places guides, you’ll find suggestions you can trust–whether it’s a beach walk or…
  • Driving Guides to American Pacific Northwest: Oregon  This guide will motivate you to pack the car and strike out on your journey. For each of 22 long drives in 3 states–Washington, Oregon, and Alaska–National Geographic provides the itinerary, general driving directions, and highlights of sights to visit along the way.
  • Foder’s Oregon  The great outdoors — Crater Lake, Mount Hood, the Wine Country, the Columbia Gorge, and the John Day Fossil Beds, plus hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, golf, and whale watching.
  • Frommer’s Oregon  Inviting places to stay and dine in all price ranges. The best of the outdoors: flyfishing, mountain biking, windsurfing, nature hikes, coastal drives, and more. What to see and do, from Willamette Valley wineries to Crater Lake National Park.
  • Portland Best Places 4th Edition by Kim Carlson.  The new edition of this popular guide has been updated by a team of Portland critics to review the very best of the city’s attractions, including more than 150 restaurants. Expert opinions, inside information, and timely
  • Out and About Portland With Kids: The Ultimate Family Guide for Fun and Learning by Elizabeth Hartzell Desimone.  One reviewer said “this book has been a godsend.  It does a wonderful job of covering hundreds of different things to do in Portland and surrounding areas (the coast, the mountains) with kids.
  • 120 Hikes on the Oregon Coast   A completely revised and expanded guide to all the best trails on the Oregon coast–including 44 new hikes.  Thorough descriptions of every trail are supplemented by natural history sidebars highlighting the varying flora and fauna of the 362 miles of coastline.  Eighty black & white photos, 38 maps, 28 illustrations.