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  • Winter exploration on the Oregon Coast- 1859 Magazine

    Winter exploration on the Oregon Coast- 1859 Magazine

    The Oregon Coast is famous for winter storms. Visitors who brave the coast from November to February are typically there to hunker down in their oceanfront hotel rooms and watch Mother Nature’s grand joust between land and sea. Twenty-foot waves are not uncommon sights during these winter months. Then again, there are winter days that rival a pleasant summer day on the coast, such as the weekend I spent there this November. This is not an anomaly; I also experienced […]

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  • 8 unforgettable road trips in Oregon

    8 unforgettable road trips in Oregon

    OREGON IS JUST ONE OF THOSE STATES that’s meant for road trips. Between the rugged coastline, the verdure of the Western Cascades, and the high desert, the diverse terrain creates all kinds of epic possibilities. From the Columbia River Gorge to Crater Lake to Mount Hood, there is definitely no shortage of things to see. Be sure to travel slow and take the time to stop and look around so that you can immerse yourself in place and culture that […]

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  • Hot springs of Oregon

    Hot springs of Oregon

    Oregon has a collection of wilderness and private natural hot springs that complement any classic road trip.  There is little better than soaking in a natural hot mineral bath in the forest or on the edge of a river.  These geothermal springs are located all over the state, some are road side while other require a hike to get to them.  Here is a list of a few of our favorite hot springs that are great to incorporate into any […]

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  • Three capes scenic drive – 1859 magazine

    Three capes scenic drive – 1859 magazine

    A great article about exploring the north Oregon Coast.  Click here  

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  • 1859 magazine feature story- VW on the OC

    1859 magazine feature story- VW on the OC

    Editor Kevin Max takes a road trip with his family to explore the southern Oregon coast and ends up having quite an adventure. IT HAD BEEN COMING DOWN IN BUCKETS FOR DAYS. It was even chilly, late June on the coast. There was no tent this time. No rain-fly, no soaked-through bedding, no camp pad too short by a foot and too narrow by a shoulder. A Eurovan it was to be. A hard-top, pop-top setup with two queenish- size […]

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  • Camping and hiking at Silver Falls

    Camping and hiking at Silver Falls

    Nestled in the lower elevation of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, a 30 min drive east of Salem, lies a temperate rain forest. It is here that the Trail of ten falls can be found. The Canyon Trail and the falls descend to a forest floor covered with ferns, mosses, and wildflowers. You will also find stands of Douglas fir, hemlock, and cedar. The Canyon Trail is a nationally recognized trail system that leads hikers along the banks of the north and south […]

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  • Wineries of the Northwest

    Wineries of the Northwest

    Wine country in the Pacific Northwest extends throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and even British Columbia and a road trip is the perfect way to visit them. With prime weather and soil conditions for various varietals and wine growth, the Pacific Northwest boasts some of the best wines and wineries in the country. There is much to be discovered along the picturesque, scenic drives and few are disappointed after visiting the wineries that scatter the northwest landscape.   Oregon enjoys the […]

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  • Exploring the Hood River area

    Exploring the Hood River area

    The Hood River area is a recreational mecca with opportunities for nearly every outdoor sport within a 40 mile radius.  The strong winds in the summer months attract windsurfers and kiteboarders from around the world.  The surrounding rivers and streams attract fishermen as well as whitewater enthusiasts.  There are miles of trails for both Mountain biking and hiking opportunities.  The surrounding back roads thru the gorge offer uncrowded and scenic road biking.  Just a short drive up to Mt. Hood […]

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  • Driving the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway

    Driving the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway

    A deep canyon that stretches over 80 miles from east to west, the Columbia River Gorge stands out as one of the most scenic and breathtaking sights in the Pacific Northwest.  With a river at its base, the Columbia River Gorge reaches up to 4,000 feet tall in some areas and forms a boundary between Oregon and Washington State, running from the Deschutes River through to the Pacific Ocean. The Columbia River Gorge is also recognized as a National Scenic […]

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  • Get off the beaten path

    Get off the beaten path

    The 15 million acres of public lands in Oregon and Washington offer an amazing array of settings including coastal beaches and headlands, Cascade forests and rivers, Columbia Plateau pothole lakes, and high desert mountains and grasslands. Across the region, facilities such as day use areas, trails, campgrounds, boat launches, visitor centers, and plenty of open space offer some of best hiking, camping, fishing, boating, horseback riding, birding, fossil collecting, and off-roading in the Northwest, along with opportunities to learn about […]

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