You’ve seen the whimsical animations Oregon, Only Slightly Exaggerated — scenes of enchanting forests, vineyards, rivers, mountains and more that convey that magical feeling of being in Oregon.
Now the captivating artwork is coming to the real world, proudly hand-painted on walls in Oregon where the illustrations represent the destinations. Let the Oregon Mural Trail inspire you to get outside and experience the wonders of each community. Take photos of the murals — perhaps in one of the designated selfie spots — and use the hashtag #OregonIsMagic in social posts to share the love. And while you’re there, visit the landmarks and businesses that make these towns just so magical. Discover the official Oregon Mural Trail locations below.
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Located on a quiet stretch of the central Oregon Coast, Yachats is a friendly coastal village of innovative shops, art galleries and restaurants, luxury lodges and rustic beach cottages. The ocean meets the forest here at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, the highest point on the Oregon Coast with some of the most dramatic views on the entire coastline. From the visitor center, you can hike to rocky shoreline and the crashing waves of the Spouting Horn on the paved Captain Cook Trail, or choose from trails that take you into a green sitka spruce forest rich with moss, ferns and towering trees. In Yachats and nearby Waldport and Seal Rock, rivers, bays and estuaries make a perfect basecamp for crabbing, paddling and tidepool exploring.
Find the mural on Highway 101 next to Yachats Brewing + Farmstore: 348 US-101, Yachats, OR 97498
Tucked into the Tualatin Valley not far from Portland, Forest Grove lives up to its name with tree-lined streets that are home to Oregon’s largest sequoia tree at the historic Hinman House. The city is just minutes from the area’s award-winning wineries and an impressive collection of breweries, distilleries and cideries. The Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway spins through town and past vineyards and dairy farms before joining the Banks-Vernonia State Trail further north. From here it’s easy to explore Portland’s urban core, Oregon’s wine country, the Tillamook Forest and Oregon’s North Coast.
Find the mural on the corner of Main & Pacific: 2001 Main Street, Forest Grove, OR 97116
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The Umpqua Valley’s largest city, Roseburg, is an inviting destination for arts and culture — and a jumping-off point for adventures. The Wild and Scenic North Umpqua River is just minutes away, where fly fishers cast lines and mountain bikers flock to an IMBA Epic Ride. Along the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, known as a highway of waterfalls, hikers can encounter more than 15 dazzling cascades. Take a downtown walking tour to learn about the historic Applegate Trail and the 1959 Roseburg Blast. The Douglas County Museum illuminates thousands of years of natural and cultural history. For another glimpse into the past, visit the six covered bridges nearby. Foodies will love the eateries in Roseburg, part of the Great Umpqua Food Trail, and the valley’s long winemaking tradition dating back more than a century. Major Oregon attractions are an easy drive away, like the Wildlife Safari in Winston and the iconic Crater Lake National Park to the east.
Find the mural at Roseburg Public Library: 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd, Roseburg, OR 97470
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@jessehazelip finishing up his wall for the @traveloregon “Only Slightly Exaggerated” campaign in Ontario, Oregon. Plus a little love from the local paper. I curated murals in 7 regions of Oregon. #jessehazelip #onlyslightlyexaggerated #ontario #oregon #mural #ffttnw @ffttnw
At Oregon’s eastern edge (in a different time zone!), Ontario is the gateway to desert beauty, stunning river canyons and towering mountain ranges. Locals call it Treasure Valley for good reason. Any time of year, this little town is a great sunny destination and basecamp to outdoor adventures at the Owyhee Canyonlands, Lake Owyhee, Pillars of Rome and more. Find Oregon Trail history, including original wagon ruts, to the west near Vale. Along the way, see the iconic Malheur Butte. Ontario is famous as the home of the tater tot (thanks to its Ore-Ida potato plant), but the city’s restaurants deserve recognition too, especially the charming ambiances of Second and Vine Bistro and Jolts & Juice. Craft beer from nano-brewery Tandem Brewing is made onsite. Make time for Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum, which honors the area’s cultural heritage — Native American, Basque, European, Hispanic and Japanese. Cyclists gear up for beautiful road biking with recommendations from Ontario’s very own Eastern Oregon Cycles.
Find the mural at Red Apple Marketplace: 555 SW 4th Ave, Ontario, OR 97914
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Central Oregon’s oldest city, Prineville, is the gateway to the Ochoco National Forest and its half-million acres of wooded foothills, lakes and rivers. Anglers will find trout in Walton Lake at the forest’s west end and exceptional fly fishing on the Crooked River east of Prineville. Access the Steins Pillar trail to see one of the region’s most unique geological features. Prineville is home to scenic cycling paths, and ambitious road riders opt for the 37-mile Crooked River Scenic Bikeway (or at least part of it). Good Bike Co. offers custom bike trips, including agritourism tours to Crooked River Open Pastures (CROP) farms. To gem-seekers’ delight, Prineville has the unofficial title of Rockhound Capital of the U.S.; pick up a rockhound map at the Prineville Chamber of Commerce. A walking tour of downtown leads to A.R. Bowman Museum, featuring 700+ Oregon history books, and thirst-quenching stops at Crooked River Brewing and Ochoco Brewing.
Find the mural at Crooked River Brewing: 420 N Main St, Prineville, OR 97754
Nature lovers are charmed by Oakridge, a thickly forested Willamette Valley wonderland at the western foot of the Cascades. Dubbed the “Mountain Bike Capital of the Northwest,” Oakridge has hundreds of miles of singletrack trails, many of which start and end in the city. There are also trails for hiking and horseback riding, plus excellent trout fishing for anglers. East of town, a short hike leads to Salt Creek Falls, Oregon’s second highest single-drop waterfall. In winter, access the falls by snowshoe at Salt Creek Sno-Park or enjoy downhill and Nordic skiing at Willamette Pass Ski Area. A soak at McCredie Hot Springs is always nice. The bright red Office Covered Bridge is an iconic landmark. Meet the locals and taste real ale at Brewer’s Union Local 180 and cocktails at Deep Woods Distillery. Perhaps best of all, it’s easy to travel to Oakridge car-free via train and express bus.
Find the mural at across from Oakridge City Hall: 48318 E 1st St, Oakridge, OR 97463
A historic city on the sunny eastern Columbia River Gorge, The Dalles is fortunate to have easy access to rivers, hiking trails and scenic drives. New exciting things are happening here, like the dazzling National Neon Sign Museum. Play on the water with kiteboarding and SUP yoga, or earn your stripes on one of the many cycling routes. The Lower Deschutes offers excellent fishing opportunities (including the famed salmonfly hatch) and rafting adventures. The area’s unique geology provides one-of-a-kind habitat for orchards, vineyards and farmland. Taste the terroir at iconic wineries like Moody Tollbridge, 15 Mile and Sunshine Mill. Fill up on food in The Dalles at The Riv, Baldwin Saloon and Petite Provence. Get lost in Oregon’s oldest bookstore, Klindt’s Booksellers & Stationers. Learn the region’s history at Fort Dalles and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Collect souvenirs along the Sunsational Charm Trail. The mural is conveniently located around the corner from Wonderworks Children’s Museum and Freebridge Brewing.
Find the mural at Leeland Property Management: 723 E 2nd St, The Dalles, OR 97058
The mural community celebration and ribbon-cutting takes place on Saturday, October 27, 2018.
Travel Oregon, in partnership with the Forest for the Trees, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of contemporary public art and bringing artists together in collaborative settings., is bringing murals to each of Oregon’s regions with