The United States of America is blessed with a lot of incredible natural beauty, but the Greater Northwest is something truly special. And within that greater area, Oregon’s Central and Southern portions hold an incredible wealth of wonder.
Whether you’re looking for some of the most grandiose national forests the country has to offer or choose to seek out smaller cities and towns to get that authentic laid-back northwestern vibe, there’s plenty to do and see in these parts.
Medford is the largest city in the area, with over 250,000 people in the local population. From here, the gateway to some of the grandest sites you’ll ever see opens up. Crater Lake National Park is perhaps the most famous of these destinations. Its incredibly clear waters are the result of an ancient volcano’s cataclysmic collapse. The almost perfectly round body is a place loaded with myth and history. The Umpqua National Forest has more camping and outdoor recreation than you can shake a stick at. But if you want to have a little less of roughing it and a little more laid-back fun, keep in mind you’re also in Oregon wine country. Visit the vineyards and taste the fruits of their labor to your heart’s delight.