Oregon on the US West Coast draws visitors with its mix of historic cities, sleepy fishing villages, ski resorts and wineries. The diverse landscape ranges from 400 miles of stunning coastline dotted with mountains to lakes, streams, forests and desert. The flat coastal mountain range runs parallel to the Pacific. Almost half of the state is forested; Spruce, fir and hemlock fir are the main trees that grow here. Weather fronts move east from the sea, across the Willamette Lowlands to the rugged Cascade Mountains. Its highest mountain is Mount Hood at 3,353 m, where cold, humid air produces large amounts of snow. East of the Cascade Mountains, on the drier Columbia Plateau, lies fertile farmland used for landscaping.
- Travelationary: Covers basic information about Oregon geography and economy.
Arrival by car
Greyhound buses run from San Francisco or Sacramento to Portland and on to Seattle, or from San Francisco to Portland. More information from Greyhound (website: www.greyhound.com).
Note on arrival by car
Average bus travel times: Portland – Sacramento: 14 hrs; Portland – Salt Lake City: 20 hrs; Portland – San Francisco: 16 hrs; Portland – Spokane: 8 hrs; Portland – Reno: 14 hrs
Arrival by train
The Amtrak Coast Starlight service travels from Los Angeles to Los Angeles via Portland. Travel Time: 35 hrs. Amtrak Cascades trains operate the Vancouver, BC – Seattle (WA) – Tacoma (WA) – Portland (OR) – Salem (OR) – Eugene (OR) international route. Journey time: 10 hours 25 minutes
Passport and visa regulations
Entry with children
Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.
Convention & Visitors Association of Lane County Oregon
754 Olive Street
US-97401 Eugene, Oregon
(541) 484.53.07, (800) 547.54.45 (toll free within the US).
http://www.visitlanecounty.org Portland Oregon Visitors Information Center
Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 Southwest Sixth Ave.
US-97205 Portland, Oregon
(877) 678 52 63 or (503) 275 83 55.
Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm (local time).
(for travel industry)
1000 SW Broadway, Suite 2300
US-97205 Portland, Oregon
(503) 275 97 50, (800) 962 37 00 (toll free within the US).
http://www.travelportland.com Oregon Tourism Commission
c/o Lieb Management GmbH
(also responsible for Austria and Switzerland).
(089) 689 06 38 41.
- Usaers: Provides a full list of major rivers and mountains in Oregon.
In Portland (Web: http://www.travelportland.com/ ), the “City of Roses,” there are beautiful gardens, restaurants for every taste, good shops, concerts, jazz festivals and theater. The Rose Festival in June is the highlight of the annual calendar of events. Washington Park, located on the hills to the west, is part of a large nature reserve. Various open-air events take place here in summer. The park includes the zoo, a Japanese garden and the rose garden.
There are seven state parks within a 30-mile radius that offer great hiking and recreational opportunities. The magnificent view from Crown Point is particularly beautifulof the Columbia River Gorge. About 50 miles east of Portland are the ski resorts of Mount Hood National Forest. The sight of Lost Lake against the silhouette of Mount Hood is unforgettable. On the way to Pendleton in the east of the state, the journey goes through the scenically very beautiful valley of the Columbia River. A visit to the cave formations of the Oregon Caves National Monument is also impressive. Guided tours are offered.
Founded in the 19th century, the city of Jacksonville has many historic buildings preserved.
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