Frommer's Oregon

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  • Insider advice on hitting all of Oregon's top sights, from vibrant Portland and Crater Lake National Park to theater in Ashland and wine in the Willamette Valley. Plus, extensive coverage of the great outdoors, from the Cascades to the Columbia Gorge, plus wildlife viewing, fishing, biking, and beaching along the Oregon Coast.
  • Where to find the best biking along the coast, the loveliest wineries in the Willamette Valley, and the best new ...
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Overview

  • Insider advice on hitting all of Oregon's top sights, from vibrant Portland and Crater Lake National Park to theater in Ashland and wine in the Willamette Valley. Plus, extensive coverage of the great outdoors, from the Cascades to the Columbia Gorge, plus wildlife viewing, fishing, biking, and beaching along the Oregon Coast.
  • Where to find the best biking along the coast, the loveliest wineries in the Willamette Valley, and the best new restaurants in Portland.
  • Insightful commentary from our author, a longtime resident of Oregon who's tapped into everything from where to find the best cup of coffee to how to tour with state with kids in tow.
  • Opinionated reviews. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about their destinations--they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way.
  • Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity--no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people.
  • User-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118096246
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Series: Frommer's Complete Series
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl Samson lives in Oregon, where he spends his time juggling his obsessions with traveling, gardening, outdoor sports, and wine. Each winter, to dry out his webbed feet, he flees the soggy Northwest and heads to Arizona, where he updates Frommer's Arizona & the Grand Canyon. Karl is also the author of Frommer's Seattle and Frommer's Washington State.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps vi

1 THE BEST OF OREGON 1

2 OREGON IN DEPTH 13

3 SUGGESTED OREGON ITINERARIES 35

4 PORTLAND 48

5 THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY: THE BREAD (& WINE) BASKET OF OREGON 114

6 THE OREGON COAST 160

7 THE COLUMBIA GORGE 233

8 THE CASCADES 254

9 SOUTHERN OREGON 275

10 CENTRAL OREGON 305

11 EASTERN OREGON 328

12 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO OREGON 351

Index 365

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2001

    Avoidable mistakes mar otherwise adequate guide

    We quit relying on this book shortly after we found a couple of significant mistakes. The time we wasted attempting to make up for the incomplete or incorrect descriptions was not worth the leads provided by the guide. It's unclear if these problems were the product of editing errors, or, more seemingly, issues with the writers documenting areas they hadn't actually visited. Whichever, we realized that bad information is a lot worse than having no information at all. <br><br> Here are two examples of misinformation contained in this guide. On page 308, the K-R Drive-In is listed as 'north of Roseburg.' What this description doesn't point out is that it's actually 20+ miles North of Roseburg, which also makes it North of several other smaller cities (which could have been named to more exactly pinpoint the drive in's location). In fact, it's halfway between Roseburg and Eugene, which is how we finally found it from a local's directions. <br><br> This painful lack of precision could easily have been avoided by providing the exit numbers (rather than just the exit name) that accompany every exit on Interstate 5 in Oregon. The exit numbers are keyed to the mileage on the highway and let you quickly determine how far an exit is, in either direction, from your current location. For highways without numbered exits, mileage markers would work just as well. The omission of such directional information reduces the value of the travel guide significantly. <br><br> A second example of poor directions can be found on page 271. The guide states, 'also in the same area, past the Toketee Lake Campground, you'll find the Umpqua Hot Springs down a short trail.' This is inadequate and wrong on several counts. First, there's no description of the 2-mile drive off of Highway 138 that is necessary to get to the campground. Second, there's no notation of the additional 2-mile drive on a gravel road, once you pass the campground itself. Finally, and most unbelievably, the 'short trail' is a reasonably strenuous, very steep, 1/4-mile hike along the edge of a hill. Handrails line the route for both support and to keep you from tumbling down the hillside. <br><br> Like many guides, this one is full of good leads, but as these two examples demonstrate, it occasions to follow through with incomplete or incorrect information. This can leave you on the road, attempting to piece together the details you need to actually find something. And given the hilly and mountanous terrain of Western Oregon, you can't count on any sort of cel phone connectivity to help you out. <br><br> With the other books and maps (including the AAA Oregon Tour Book) we brought along, and our nightly visits to various websites to piece together the next day's itinerary, we were able to circumvent some of the problems with Frommer's guide. In the end, however, we were unable to trust the directions in this book, making it significantly less useful than it should have been

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