28 THE PORTLAND GUIDE | Discover Oregon Roadtrips
At the convergence of the Cascade and Siskiyou
Mountains lies Ashland, a town that’s as
unique and authentic as the terrain that
surrounds it. Experiences performing, visual
and culinary arts, education, wellness and
outdoor recreation here. This is also the home
of the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Southern Oregon also claims the renowned
Crater Lake National Park—the result
of Mt. Mazama blowing its top some
7,000 years ago, creating America’s deepest
lake. Head further west to find the high Cascades,
the Oregon Coast and Colliding Rivers—
the only place in the world where rivers
truly collide. White-water rafters enjoy the
Rogue River, declared “Wild and Scenic” by
Congress in 1968.
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The Willamette Valley stretches 110 miles along
the banks of the Willamette River and is home to
some of the nation’s best vineyards, tasting rooms
and prize-winning wines.
In the northern Willamette Valley is Oregon
City, the official end of the Oregon Trail. While
here, learn about Oregon’s early settlers at The
End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
Head further south along I-5 and visit The
Oregon Garden with more than 20 specialty
gardens, including waterfalls, fountains, a
400-year-old Signature Oak, a NW Garden, and
pet garden. Continue on down down the
highway and visit Salem, the state capitol. While
exploring this area, try and spot the region’s 33
historical covered bridges.
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MT HOOD / COLUMBIA GORGE
Tall, majestic and in Portland’s backyard, Mt.
Hood is an ideal get-away where getting there is
half the fun. Between Mt. Hood and Portland
lies the beautiful, basalt-lined Columbia Gorge.
For breathtaking scenery, the old Columbia
River Scenic Highway fronts Multnomah Falls,
climbing to 725 feet above the Columbia River
and offering a 30-mile Gorge view.
Heading along I-84, visit Hood River,
Bonneville Dam and Cascade Locks. Visit
Bradford Island to watch migrating fish jumping
ladders behind glass walls. The Bridge of
the Gods takes you to the Washington side of
Schimanek Covered Bridge