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Southern Oregon just begs the outdoorsman (or woman) to come and give it a try.  Truly world class fishing, rock climbing, golf, hunting, sight seeing, animal watching - the list is endless.

Did you know that Ashland in Southern Oregon hosts one of the premier Shakespeare festivals in the United States? Founded in 1935, this Tony Award-winning regional theatre presents classic and contemporary plays in repertory in three unique theatres, including the outdoor Elizabethan Stage,  from mid-February through October.

Do you prefer sight seeing?  Take the drive on Highway 138 from Roseburg to Diamond Lake. This drive has been designated a National Scenic Byway and is one of the most magnificent drives in the Northwest. It is filled with a breathtaking collection of waterfalls, fishing holes and nature trails. Visitors can easily hike more than a dozen waterfalls. In the winter, Diamond Lake is a popular snowmobiling, cross-country and downhill skiing area with snow-cats providing access to miles of untracked powder. In the summer, camping, hiking and boating are yours to enjoy.

With its famous steelhead runs, the North Umpqua (a designated "Wild and Scenic" river) attracts fishing enthusiasts the world over.  There are 33 miles of waterways restricted to fly fishing.  Its whitewater runs thrill rafters as well.  Yet its tranquility also awaits anyone who seeks it, as did western novelist Zane Grey.  There are many public parks and campgrounds lining its banks.  

Take the drive between Grants Pass and the California Coast along Highway 199. On this route you’ll drive straight through the scenic Illinois Valley.  The valley is home to some nationally recognized wineries. Its rich history of mining and logging blends well with the recent arrival of artists and talented craftsmen.  Lake Selmac, one of Oregon’s finest county parks, offers fishing, camping, boat­ing and picnicking. As you pass through the valley be alert for several botanical wonders, from fields of carnivorous Cobra Lilies to meadows of wildflowers found nowhere else in the world.  The Valley’s top attraction is the Oregon Caves National Monument, and the historic Oregon Caves Chateau. High mountain lakes, wild rivers, aromatic firs, pines and cedars, and countless hiking trails around the monument pro­vide additional reasons to make this a “must-see” attraction.  The Visitors Center on Caves Highway (Route 46), near the intersection of Highway 199 can provide complete information on the area. Several smaller motels and camp­grounds provide limited accommodations.

Tent camping, RV camping or traveling between motels, this section of Oregon is simply spectacular!

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