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Southern Oregon is home to many beautiful towns such as:
 
Ashland, Oregon
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.
Downtown Grants 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.
 
Jacksonville, Oregon
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 Profiles