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: 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: Portland – Tiny House Hotel (Review)

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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 ...

Oregon: Lewis & Clark National Monument

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

Oregon: Sumpter – a former gold rush town

Tucked away in the trees and nestled in Oregon\'s Elkhorn Mountain Range, located at 4.424 feet ...

Oregon: Eastern Oregon; Oregon Trail Interpretation Center and Halfway.

As part of our road trip through Eastern Oregon, we stayed in Baker City and dropped in on the ...

Oregon: Baker City – Geiser Grand Hotel (Review)

We spent a night at the splendid Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City, Oregon. This a historic hotel ...

Oregon: Bend – Deeply Rooted (Review)

There are a growing number of options for vegans in Bend, Oregon. We recently decided to celebrate ...

Oregon: Bend – an all season activity and entertainment playground

Bend, Oregon is a fantastic place to visit at any time of the year. There are plenty of activities ...

Oregon: Bend – Fix N Repeat: Vegan Cafe (Review)

A light and airy vegan cafe serving a selection of bowls, juices and smoothies. (Restaurant / ...

Oregon: Portland – 10 great vegan / vegetarian places to eat

We often travel to Portland, Oregon for weekends and as we follow a plant-based diet having places ...
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