Seasonal Features Summer

Summer brings balmy days that can feel eternal — shady trails beckon, the waterways glisten and the sun shines late in the evening. But these precious hours won’t last forever, and we’ve got a fresh batch of stories to help you squeeze out every ounce of adventure.
Test your skills with whitewater SUPing, kick it on the Coast and camp under a blanket of glittery stars. Or celebrate the heritage of Oregon’s diverse peoples and get lost in the drama of the stage. Consider this your summer bucket list.
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    How a Play Comes to Life

    Behind the curtains at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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    Whitewater SUPing on the Lower Deschutes

    A newbie navigates rapids on a Wild and Scenic River

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    The Case of the Missing Canoes

    One man’s quest to discover the forgotten craft of his tribal ancestors

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    48 Relaxing Hours in Florence

    A couple slows down on the Oregon Coast

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    7 Otherworldly Stargazing Spots

    Remote areas of Oregon offer some of the darkest skies in North America

Enjoy the Season Stories from Summer

five of 72 Stories about Summer in Oregon
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    Scenic Adventures with Oregon Coast Railriders

    written by Grant McOmie on July 8th, 2016

    Explorethe northwest corner of the state witha scenic adventure that you must peddle to enjoy. But this is no ordinary cycling adventure, rather, it’s a new form of railroading that will get your heart rate going and leave you with mile-wide…

  2. Off-Season Ski Area Adventures

    written by Jen Anderson on June 28th, 2016

    The snow has (mostly) melted, but that doesn’t mean Oregon’s gorgeous ski areas are closed for the season. Five ski areas across the state take on another personality for the summer as they switch from snow sports to one-stop shops for chairlift…

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    Rogue River Summers, According to a Rafting Guide

    written by Michael Hughes on March 23rd, 2016

    Ever since my first rainy Rogue River trip in 2010 with Northwest Rafting Company, I’ve been hooked. A rafting trip is filled with so many activities it is hard to name them all. The river is a place where everyone can be a kid again, do…

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    Where to Find Portland’s Urban Beaches

    written by Willie Levenson on March 17th, 2016

    A little-known fact about Portland, even to its residents, is that the largest public space in the central city is the Willamette River, comprising 490 acres (16 percent!) of the area. Until the 1960’s, the Willamette River was dominated by…

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    The Vineyard and Valley Tour Route

    • Distance: 50 M / 80 Km
    • Minimum Driving Time: 2-5 Hours
    • Best Time to Drive: Year-round

    Winding through the heart of Tualatin Valley’s vineyard country, this tour route beckons you to enjoy the region’s agricultural and viticultural bounties among bucolic rural scenery.

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  1. What are the best lakes to wakeboard near Bend in June?

    I'd say the most popular place for wakeboarding in Central Oregon is Lake Billy Chinook. It's strikingly beautiful and large. Three rivers come together and are dammed into a fantastic waterway for boating. Another popular spot is Cultus Lake. Both Billy Chinook and Cultus are about the same accessibility from Bend, but they are vastly different in terms of surroundings. Cultus is surrounded b…

    Written on June 3rd, 2016
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