Oregon. The very word ignited the largest voluntary land migration in recorded history and not without good reason. From its windswept beaches, verdant forests and snow-capped peaks to its sweeping rangelands, towering rock formations and dramatic river valleys in this incredibly diverse land.
Running down the middle of the state, the Cascades divide Oregon, producing areas with two entirely different climates. West of the Cascades, a mild, marine climate prevails, while east of the Cascades, Oregon’s high desert country can be scorching hot or bitterly cold. In between the Cascades and the coast, the Coast Range divides the lush growing land of the Willamette Valley from the marine coast area.
Oregon’s countless opportunities for outdoor recreation top the list of reasons to visit, but you don’t have to leave with sore muscles. Its cities and towns are rich with history, art, culture and shopping. Sightseeing is as near as the closest highway. And more than anything else, it’s the feel of the place that makes Oregon special: It’s a combination of West Coast laid-back and small-town polite. All that, and it’s just plain beautiful.