Camping alongside the fresh, clear waters of the Rogue River
Incredible views from the Hobart Bluff Trail in the Rogue Valley
Fly-fishing the Williamson River on the Lonesome Duck Ranch
Sunny day at the Grants Pass Balloon & Kite Festival
Jamming out to a live band in one of the area’s charming towns
Pumpkins on display at Whites Country Farm in Medford
Snowboarding fresh powder in the Cascades
Full-tilt adventure on a whitewater rafting excursion
Mountain biking trail with a jaw-dropping backdrop
A tempting cheese and charcuterie platter at WC Winery in Grants Pass
Nature’s playground, from desert to forest
The World Outside
Southern Oregon’s appealing climate and diverse terrain allow for a variety of outdoor activities all year round. Visit Crater Lake National Park to see the shockingly blue water of the USA's deepest lake. Formed by the caldera of a volcanic explosion, Crater Lake invites visitors to bike or drive the crater rim for stunning views of the rock formations and pristine water. The region’s volcanic history is also evident in the caves and rocky landscapes of the Oregon Caves and Lava Beds national monuments. Try your hand at fishing for salmon, trout and steelhead, or venture out for paddling of all sorts on the Rogue, Klamath and Umpqua Rivers. Discover a landscape more reminiscent of the Wild West in the region known as Southern Oregon's Outback, home to the sagebrush-covered Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge and Fort Rock State Natural Area with its massive ring-shaped formation of towering rock walls.
Theater lovers will be excited by the selection of stage performances found in Southern Oregon. From February to early November, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland produces 11 plays – from Shakespeare to musicals to world-premiere dramas – on three unique stages, including the famous outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre. In Klamath Falls, catch a play, musical or concert at the Ross Ragland Theater, or enjoy live music at the Rogue Theatre in Grants Pass. Annual cultural events include the Ashland Independent Film Festival and the Britt Music and Arts Festival, showcasing a line-up of popular contemporary performers and a renowned classical series throughout the summer.
Explore Small Towns
Ashland is a small-town charmer, with great boutique shopping made all the better by Oregon’s zero-sales tax. In the old mining town of Jacksonville, enjoy five tasting rooms and delicious restaurants to go with them. There’s plenty of wine to sip in Elkton and Roseburg, both part of American Viticultural Areas (AVA). Elkton has a cooler climate suited for producing Pinot noir, Pinot gris and Riesling wines, while Roseburg, in the Umpqua Valley, is found on the same latitude as some of Europe's greatest vineyards. The historic district of Grants Pass is pedestrian-friendly, inviting you to explore quaint shops, local cuisine and more Oregon wineries, after a day spent on a jetboat river tour or whitewater rafting. Back in the Outback, the town of Lakeview is the perfect basecamp for high desert adventures.
With a depth of 594 meters, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the USA. It’s also one of the few places you can swim and drink the water at the same time – it's that clean!
Considered the father of Oregon’s wine industry, Swiss immigrant Peter Britt opened Oregon’s first winery in Jacksonville in 1855. By 1880, he was producing up to 11,000 liters of wine per year.
Southern Oregon’s weather is different from the drizzly coastal areas. On average, there are 200 sunny days a year in Medford and 300 in Klamath Falls.
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Crater Lake National Park
To experience one of the snowiest inhabited places in the USA, visit Crater Lake National Park in the Cascade Mountains. Each winter, the hardiest skiers and snowshoers test their skills on a 50-kilometer, three-day loop around the rim of Crater Lake. No need to be a super athlete to enjoy the natural beauty of the slopes, forests and lake during all seasons in the 74,057-hectare park. All of that snow melts, making the lake the cleanest and clearest in the world; it receives no water from rivers or creeks.View more