Oregon: An Explorer's Guide

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There's always fun brewing in Oregon! Now with color highlights inside!
If you think Oregon is the land of eternal rain, think again. It's a place of wide-open spaces, with just 3.6 million inhabitants in nearly 100,000 square miles. It's a land that contains at least seven ecosystems—from the damp territory west of the Cascades to the high deserts of the Great Basin, from towering volcanic peaks, to the mighty Columbia River estuary. With lots of elbow room and a relaxed ...
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Overview

There's always fun brewing in Oregon! Now with color highlights inside!
If you think Oregon is the land of eternal rain, think again. It's a place of wide-open spaces, with just 3.6 million inhabitants in nearly 100,000 square miles. It's a land that contains at least seven ecosystems—from the damp territory west of the Cascades to the high deserts of the Great Basin, from towering volcanic peaks, to the mighty Columbia River estuary. With lots of elbow room and a relaxed atmosphere, Oregon offers something fro everyone: wilderness and wine country, the rich heritage o many Native American peoples, a colorful and quirky cultural sense, and a history of westward expansion. Explorer's Guide Oregon gives you all the tools and information you need to explore this great state, with lodgings for all budgets and preferences, dining options for every taste, and activities of all kinds. No matter what you're looking for, you're sure to find it in the Beaver State and in the pages of this comprehensive guidebook.
Here eleven National Forests cover 17.5 million acres; there's a long list of designated Wild and Scenic Rivers; and 22 national wildlife refuges and 22 state refuges protect all sorts of habitats and species, from sea lions to butterflies.
If you want the insider's take on this stunning part of the American West and a strong grounding in history and nature, look no further: Longtime Oregon resident and writer Denise Fainberg shares the best places to hike, bike, climb, bird-watch, raft. dine, museum-hop, and more. Her exhaustive research will help you find yourself amid pristine rivers, rain forests, glaciers, and hot springs; relish fine local wines and beers and the fresh, innovative cuisine of the Pacific Northwest; and enjoy artsy and educational pursuits in funky and friendly cities. Oregon is truly a great destination.
New color highlights make it easier to find the info you need: activities jump off the page; find lodging, dining—and more—town by town at a glance; helpful hints such as community information and local guidance are easier than ever to see; highlights stand out. Includes: getting there, getting around, what to see, what to do, green space, family activities, where to stay, where to eat, entertainment, selective shopping, special events, and more!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881508635
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/14/2010
  • Series: Explorer's Guides Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 444,094
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Fainberg has called Oregon home for over two decades. The author of Explorer's Guide Washington and Explorer's Guide Oregon, her articles have appeared in the New York Times and elsewhere.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

Introduction 12

What's Where in Oregon 14

1 Northern Oregon Coast 29

Astoria-Seaside-Warrenton Area 33

Cannon Beach-Tillamook-Pacific City Area 47

Lincoln City-Depoe Bay-Newport Area 60

Waldport-Yachats-Florence Area 76

2 Southern Oregon Coast 91

Reedsport-Coos Bay Area 94

Bandon-Port Orford Area 102

Gold Beach-Brookings Area 115

3 Willamette Valley and Lower Columbia River 125

Lower Columbia River 129

Portland Metropolitan Area 136

Northern Willamette Valley 161

Southern Willamette Valley 194

4 Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge 213

5 North Central Oregon 239

Bend-Sisters-La Pine Area 242

Redmond-Madras-Prineville Area 262

Columbia Plateau 273

6 South Central Oregon 287

Fort Rock-Christmas Valley-Silver Lake Area 290

Paisley-Lakeview-Bly Area 297

7 Southern Cascades and Siskiyous 309

Klamath Basin-Crater Lake Area 313

Ashland-Medford-Rogue Valley Area 326

Illinois Valley Area 350

Roseburg-Myrtle Creek-Canyonville Area 361

8 Northeast Oregon 373

Pendleton-Hermiston-Milton Freewater Area 376

La Grande-Union-Elgin Area 383

Wallowa Valley-Snake River Area 392

Powder River-Sumpter Valley-Ukiah Area 405

John Day River Area 415

9 Southeast Oregon 423

Burns-Malheur Refuge-Steens Mountain Area 426

Ontario-Nyssa-Vale-Jordan Valley Area 436

Index 443

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