Oregon

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: John Day Fossil Beds

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

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: 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 – 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 ...

Oregon: Portland – No Bones Beach Club

Located along the trendy Mississippi Ave in Portland, No Bones Beach Club is Tiki-themed vegan ...

Oregon: Florence and Yachats

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

Oregon: Portland – 4 low-cost places to stay

Staying in Portland, Oregon at weekends can be pricey but it is possible to find inexpensive and ...

Oregon: Exploring the McKenzie River along Oregon Highway 126

The McKenzie River is a picturesque river that runs through Central Oregon – where you can ...

Oregon: Silver Falls State Park

Known by many as the \"crown jewel\" of the Oregon States Parks. Explore the picturesque and ...

Oregon: Bend – Bethlyn’s Global Fusion (Review)

We are always excited to try a new restaurant, especially in my home town, that offers interesting ...

Oregon: Ashland – Falafel Republic (Review)

We discovered Falafel Republic last year during one of our visits to Ashland to watch plays at the ...

Oregon: Portland – Off The Griddle

Located in a South-East Portland suburb, Off The Griddle is a vegetarian-friendly vegan restaurant ...

Oregon: Ashland – Church Street Apartment (Review)

During our regular visits to Ashland, Oregon to watch plays at the amazing Oregon Shakespeare ...

Oregon: Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Newberry National Volcanic Monument is set in the spectacular Deschutes National Forest. The ...
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