Southern Oregon Southern Oregon Area Info page is for Southern
Oregon enthusiasts inquiring about the Southern Oregon area.
Southern Oregon is home to many beautiful towns such as:
Ashland is located 15 miles north of the
California border on Interstate 5 at the south end of the Rogue
Valley, sitting at about 2,000 feet above sea level. Mt. Ashland
looms above the city to the South, 7,500 feet high, and the
Cascade Range lies about 30 miles to the east. Ashland offers
qualities of life that many towns only dream about. Snow-capped
mountain peaks, a major theater company joined by other smaller
theaters, art galleries, museums and fine restaurants offer a
truly picturesque setting. Ashland is a unique place, offering a
ski resort in the winter, and three other distinctive seasons.
With its warm summers and mild climate, Ashland is an excellent
place to garden. The climate is so good, in fact, that Ashland
had an active agricultural industry around the turn of the
century. The Rogue Valley is still known as "pear country," and
you can see trees from the old orchards around town. The climate
is also conducive to growing grapes, and Ashland has two local
wineries. Ashland has an active and varied theatrical community.
Home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland also boasts
nine other theater groups, which perform a wide variety of
productions, including musicals, comedies, and experimental
theater, all year long.
Grants Pass, Oregon
Grants Pass is located in southern Oregon about 60 miles north
of the California border in Southern Oregon. It is a town filled
with beauty, history and scenic attractions.
Pass recently earned the distinction of a National Historic
District because of its historic buildings and homes. Downtown
is filled with antique and collectible shops, ice cream parlors,
and sidewalk espresso stands. Be sure to stroll through downtown
and enjoy the beautifully restored historical buildings. Grants
Pass and the Rogue Valley are famous for the wonderful climate!
The highlight of Grants Pass is the mighty Rogue River flowing
through town. Riverside Park is located right on the Rogue River
and is a wonderful place to picnic and walk along the Rogue. The
city is often referred to the "whitewater rafting capital" of
Oregon and over 25 outfitters offer rafting adventures in Grants
Pass and nearby Merlin.
Also there are jet boats that leave
from Grants Pass and take visitors on a tour through Hellgate
Canyon. Be sure to bring your cameras to catch the extensive
wildlife on film. In 1968 the Rogue River was designated by
Congress as a National Wild and Scenic river. This means that
visitors have access to an unspoiled wilderness world that
Southern Oregon has to offer.
Grants Pass abounds with modern
campgrounds and RV facilities, many with boat ramps and
riverside campsites. Josephine County has an extensive system of
parks, and many of these are on the Rogue River. As far as
overnight accommodations, you will find everything from motels
to elegant bed and breakfast inns.
At the end of May in
Grants Pass is the world famous Boatnik festival at Riverside
Park. It lasts four days and the main event is a thrilling
hydroboat race. Grants Pass is also host to Southern Oregon's
largest outdoor "Growers Market". In spring and fall, the Grants
Pass is awash in color with the new blooms or the fall turning
of the trees, but anytime of year at all, Grants Pass is an
exceptionally beautiful town.
The historical town of Jacksonville is located about seven miles
west of Medford and fifteen miles north of Ashland Oregon.
Jacksonville is one of the most historically significant
communities in the western United States. Filled with historical
landmarks this town offers visitors to share in the experience
of a bygone era. Jacksonville is home to several historical
sites such as the Jacksonville Museum (formerly the old
courthouse.) Visitors can come see exhibits and collections of
yesteryears. More than 80 individual buildings are on the
National Register or Historic Places. Jacksonville is filled
with antique and specialty shops, cozy inns, museums, fine
restaurants and other historic attractions. People from all over
come to dine in Rogue Valley's best restaurants still in the
original brick and wood. See