Oregon’s High Desert Country offers 300 days of
sun per year and endless opportunity for hiking,
white-water rafting, skiing, golfing, rock-climbing,
biking and fly-fishing. The landscape features
rugged lava flows, sage-scented high desert, snowcovered
peaks, dense forests, sparkling alpine lakes
and adventure-filled rivers.
Golfers delight in the High Desert region,
with over 25 spectactacular courses to choose
from. Scenic sites around the region include
Suttle Lake, just west of Sisters, with trails for
hikers, mountain bikers and bald eagle
watchers. The Newburry National Volcanic
Monument likes within the Deschutes
National Forest south of Bend. This ancient
caldera is home to the remarkable Paulina and
East Lakes, and Smith Rock State Park offers
spectacular sights to rock climbers from either
Morning Glory Wall or Monkey Face.
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Just a 5-minute drive (two miles) from downtown
La Grande is literally a mountain of recreational
potential. The Mount Emily Recreation Area
is open year-round for hiking, trail-running,
mountain-biking and equestrian use. For wildlife
lovers, watch for deer, elk, black bears and
varieties of birds among other species. Over the
ridge, recreational vehicle riders can experience
miles of forest trails. Whichever way you choose
to travel, the views of the Grande Ronde Valley
and the Eagle Cap Wilderness from the flanks of
Mount Emily are truly breathtaking.
Days are punctuated with clear blue skies and
refreshingly crisp nights, making La Grande one of
Oregon’s perfect recreational destinations.
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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
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
Forge a trail along Oregon’s coastline on Hwy 101
starting at the northernmost coast at the mouth of the
Columbia River—Astoria, the oldest American
settlement west of the Rockies. Just south is Seaside,
Oregon’s first seashore resort with Tillamook Head
as a backdrop. Stroll the promenade, shop along
Broadway, dine and play the arcades.
Next, neighboring Cannon Beach offers a
quaint beach-side town anchored by the
recognizable Haystack Rock. Continuing south
along Hwy 101, Lincoln City attracts treasureseekers,
kite-fliers, whale-watchers and storm-
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Copa Di Vino; Jacob Williams Winery; 15 Mile Winery; and Moody
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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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