Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region on the West Coast of the United States. The Columbia River delineates much of Oregon’s northern boundary with Washington, while the Snake River delineates much of its eastern boundary with Idaho. The parallel 42° north delineates the southern boundary with California and Nevada. Oregon is one of only three states of the contiguous United States to have a coastline on the Pacific Ocean.

Oregon is one of the most geographically diverse states in the U.S., marked by volcanoes, abundant bodies of water, dense evergreen and mixed forests, as well as high deserts and semi-arid shrublands. At 11,249 feet (3,429 m), Mount Hood, a stratovolcano, is the state’s highest point. Oregon’s only national park, Crater Lake National Park, comprises the caldera surrounding Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the United States. The state is also home to the single largest organism in the world, Armillaria ostoyae, a fungus that runs beneath 2,200 acres (8.9 km2) of the Malheur National Forest.

Because of its diverse landscapes and waterways, Oregon’s economy is largely powered by various forms of agriculture, fishing, and hydroelectric power. Oregon is also the top timber producer of the contiguous United States, and the timber industry dominated the state’s economy in the 20th century. Technology is another one of Oregon’s major economic forces, beginning in the 1970s with the establishment of the Silicon Forest and the expansion of Tektronix and Intel. Sportswear company Nike, Inc., headquartered in Beaverton, is the state’s largest public corporation with annual revenue of $30.6 billion.

Capital: Salem

 

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Oregon: Summer Lake Hot Springs a fun weekend – or longer – getaway in Central Oregon (Review)

Summer Lake Hot Springs is a rustic resort located deep in the central region of Oregon known as ...

The remote Fort Rock State Park is set in the Oregon ‘Outback’, rising high above the surrounding plains

Fort Rock State Park – Like a desert mirage, this National Natural Landmark rises huge out of the ...

Oregon: Portland – The HI Portland Northwest hostel is a great base to explore Portland (Review)

Centrally located in Portland, close to all the action the Society Hotel offers a range of ...

Oregon: Portland – The Japanese Garden

One of Portland\'s nicknames is the City of Roses, and this town has long been an incubator for ...

Exploring Yaquina Head Outstanding Area of Natural Beauty

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific ...

The Devil’s Punchbowl on Oregon’s Central Coast is a collapsed cave where the waves create a roiling churn

The Devil\'s Punch Bowl is located between Newport and Depoe Bay on the Oregon coast. This Natural ...

Newport, the ‘Capital’ city of Oregon’s Pacific Coast

Newport is the main town on the Oregon coast and home to the largest fishing fleet, with a large ...

A few days exploring Depoe Bay, Oregon’s whale watching capital

Depoe Bay is known as the whale watching capital of Oregon due to a large number of migratory grey ...

Oregon: A visit to Cannon Beach, an iconic Oregon coastal town

Cannon Beach is the iconic Pacific coast beach with glorious sandy beaches and impressive sea. ...

Oregon: Tillamook – Tillamook Air Museum, a former airship Naval base

Tillamook Air Museum is located in a rural setting close to the Oregon Pacific coast. In World War ...

Oregon: Astoria – the gateway to the Columbia River

Astoria is located in the far northwestern corner of Oregon, where the mighty Columbia River ...

Oregon: Discover McMinnville’s incredible Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

Located near to the small Oregon town of McMinnville is the excellent Evergreen Aviation & ...

Oregon: John Day Fossil Beds

Since moving to Oregon several years ago we had long talked about visiting John Day Fossil Beds ...

Oregon: Florence and Yachats

The Oregon Coast is beautiful and rugged, but even in the height of the summer there are few days ...

A visit to Fort Clatsop a part of the Lewis & Clark National Monument in northwest Oregon

Back in September 1803, US President Thomas Jefferson decided he ought to find out more about the ...
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