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Central & Southern Oregon

 

Cowboy adventures, white-water rafting, quiet mountain retreats – these diverse regions have all this and more. The area’s geological history, marked by explosive volcanic activity, is showcased at several parks, most notably Crater Lake National Park.  Human history is marked in Jacksonville as the site of the 19th century gold rush. As you drive southwards towards the California border the countryside diversifies into green valleys interspersed with high desert county.

Southern Oregon is especially known for the fast moving waters of the Rogue River as well as the Britt Festivals in Jacksonville and the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

Top 3 Central & Southern Oregon Tailor Made Holidays

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The Best of Oregon | Fly Drive Holiday

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Northern California & Southern Oregon | National Parks Tour

A wild coastline, the tallest trees on the planet, natural caves, volcanic lakes, waterfalls, mountains, pioneer history, steam trains, active geothermal activity and cosmopolitan cities; there are fe...

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The Seven Wonders of Oregon | Fly Drive Holiday

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Why should I visit Central & Southern Oregon?

 

Smith Rock State Park

If you enjoy scenic views of deep river canyons or rock climbing, the jagged peaks Smith Rock State Park is the place for you. There are several thousand climbs in the park. More than a thousand are bolted routes but if you do not have your gear with you there are miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. As you go through the canyon, you might see golden eagles, prairie falcons, mule deer, river otter and beaver.

 

Canoeing and Kayaking near Bend

Paddle the waters of a pristine mountain lake with a naturalist guide spending two hours on the water canoeing and then taking a break on the shore to taste various craft beers produced by Cascade Lakes Brewing Company. Starlight and Moonlight Canoe (around full moon) tours are also available as well as guided kayak tours.

 

Also near Bend is a mile-long lava tube. Lava River Cave. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to tour the entire cave. Initial access descends 150 stairs to an uneven floor and can be challenging.

 

Rafting the McKenzie River

The one-day McKenzie River rafting trip explores 16 miles of the McKenzie River from Paradise Campground to Blue River. Round-trip transportation is included from Bend, Sisters or Black Butte Ranch. Rapids on this section of the McKenzie are numerous but small, making the trip active and splashy, but technically easy. Towering fir forests and crystal clear waters add a beautiful scenic touch to this fun and splashy ride. Keep an eye out for osprey diving for fish. A delicious and freshly prepared deli buffet lunch is served riverside during the trip. If you have only one day to experience the Oregon outdoors, a one-day McKenzie River rafting trip is the way to go! A half-day trip is also available.

 

If you have a little extra time we have several 2 – 5 day river trips of varying degrees of difficulty. They can either be camping or go from lodge to lodge on some rivers such as the Rogue.

 

Hellgate Jetboat Excursions.

Experience the excitement of the Hellgate canyon in a jetboat. Operating between May and September at Grants Pass, this is an exciting “wild and scenic” jet boat tour of the Rogue River through the famous Hellgate canyon. A jetboat is a boat propelled by a jet of water ejected from the back of the craft. Unlike a powerboat that uses a propeller in the water below or behind the boat, a jetboat draws the water from under the boat into a pump inside the boat, then expels it through a nozzle at the back. It is a vessel especially designed for travel in shallow rivers.

Bend

A typical small town in America; a bustling cultural destination with a very small downtown section with the first Friday of the month featuring an ‘artists walk’ and the last Friday having a ‘musicians walk’. A river bends its’ way around the town generating pleasant strolls after a good dinner at Greg’s Grill.


High Desert Museum in Bend

This entertaining and instructive museum brings the high desert to life with engaging exhibits, fascinating wildlife and living history. Have a close-up encounter with eagles, owls, and other birds of prey. Meet the river otter Rogue, and learn about local animals like the bobcat, lynx, badger and porcupine. Listen to a stagecoach driver, pioneers, and storytellers from the American frontier. Learn about Native American history and Western art and culture in an unusual environment.


 

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