Oregon

Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It features rugged rocky coastlines, dense forests, fun cities, mountains, deep canyons, and desert in the southeastern part of the state.

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Oregon’s regional makeup is largely defined by its impressive natural features; most importantly its mountain ranges which not only provide convenient dividing lines, but which even create a distinct climate in each of the state’s regions. Travelers who cover several regions during their stay will find the differences between regions stark and remarkable in that by travelling throughout the state a great variety of experiences may be gained.

Oregon is primarily in the Pacific Time Zone (UTC−8 standard time, UTC−7 daylight time). But Ontario and most of Masseur County, a large but rural county with stronger economic ties to Boise and southern Idaho than to Portland, is in the Mountain Time Zone (UTC−7 standard, UTC−6 daylight).

Map of Oregon’s travel regions, its main destinations and roads

  Portland Metropolitan Area
The cultural and economic center of the state and home to about half the state’s population.
  Central Oregon
With broad vistas of the Cascades to the west and the High Desert to the east, offering year-round outdoor activities.
  Mt. Hood and Columbia Gorge
High waterfalls, steep precipices and high winds along the Columbia River make the Gorge a destination for sightseers and windsurfers alike.
  Eastern Oregon
Sparsely populated desert plains and rugged mountain ranges offer remote solitude with some unique surprises for intrepid explorers.
  Oregon Coast
The state’s spectacular rugged coastline is lined with plentiful public beaches and cozy coastal towns ideal for beach-combers and curio shoppers.
  Southern Oregon
Old-growth forests, world-class fishing, breath-taking waterfalls, and an emerging wine region are some of this region’s diverse attractions.
  Willamette Valley
Metro centers offer artistic, musical, and cultural diversions, while open farmland and numerous wineries provide ample tasting opportunities for food and drink connoisseurs.

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