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Southern Oregon Travel Guide

Plan Your Southern Oregon Vacation

Southern Oregon begins where the verdant lowlands of the Willamette Valley give way to a complex collision of mountains, rivers, and ravines. The intricate geography of the "Land of Umpqua," as the area around Roseburg is somewhat romantically known, signals that this is territory distinct from neighboring regions to the north, east, and west.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. The other wine regions The underrated and fast-growing Umpqua and Rogue River wine regions offer picturesque pastoral views and numerous tasting rooms.
  2. Oregon Caves National Monument Explore deep into mysterious underground chambers and marble caves at this off-the-beaten-path natural wonder.
  3. Oregon Shakespeare Festival This acclaimed festival draws drama lovers to Ashland nine months a year, presenting a wide variety of both classic and contemporary theater.
  4. Quaint towns Southern Oregon's own throwback to the Old West, Jacksonville abounds with well-preserved buildings and diverting eateries and bed-and-breakfasts. Ashland claims one of the prettiest downtowns in Oregon, with its hip caf├ęs and urbane boutiques.
  5. Wild wonders Each fall more than 1 million waterfowl descend upon Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The Rogue River is Oregon's white-water rafting capital, and the entire region is laced with stunning hiking trails.

When To Go

When to Go

Southern Oregon's population centers, which all lie chiefly in the valleys, tend to be warmer and quite a bit sunnier than Eugene and Portland to ...

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