Best of Southern Oregon
Lithia Park: A lovely park at the heart of Ashland; trails lead from the formal gardens and bandshell through an arboretum to wild Siskiyou woodlands.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: At one of the world’s great theater festivals, you should at least take in a show — or maybe just the backstage tour, if you didn’t plan ahead for tickets.
Table Rocks: These mesas just north of Medford contain islands of habitat that make them the most interesting and easily accessible hiking destination along the I-5 corridor.
Oregon Caves National Monument: Descend deep into an Oregon mountainside to find stalactites and stalagmites, plus the unexpected pleasure of a classic mountain lodge outside the cavern.
Wildlife Safari: Oregon’s only drive-through zoo features 600 animals from around the world, including such African visitors as lions, giraffes, and hippopotamuses.
North Umpqua Waterfalls: Ask any local to list the single most beautiful waterfall in Oregon, and chances are Toketee is at the top of the list, but the drive from Roseburg to Toketee Falls along the North Umpqua is dotted stunning waterfalls.
Crater Lake National Park: At the nation’s deepest lake, caused by a catastrophic volcanic eruption 6,600 years ago, you won’t believe the color of the water.
Favell Museum: Spend an afternoon admiring the collection of Native American artifacts and the gallery of Western art at this fine Klamath Falls museum.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel