Ashland Oregon is six miles from Talent Oregon and is one of Oregon’s most charming travel destinations. Ashland is home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Southern Oregon University, a superb hands-on science museum, and has almost as many bed and breakfasts per capita as Mendocino, CA which I think has the most in tha USA. Lithia Park, right next to the wonderful Shakespeare Festival venue, is a huge city park designed by McClaren who also did San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The Southern Oregon Visitors Association has the best regional website and offers a free guide by mail.
It’s hard to beat a two week vacation in Southern Oregon, which is why I moved here back in 1989. Here are some of the great attractions near Ashland Oregon:
Crater Lake National Park. It’s got to be good if it’s on the Oregon State Quarter Crater Lake is about 90 miles from Ashland, a drive of just under two hours. Allow a full day and take the boat tour, one of the USA’s most unique boat tours which takes you around the lake and out to Wizard Island, the small volcano in the middle. You can swim here as well at at the Cleetwood Cove dock, the only two places to swim at Crater Lake or even get to the water. Cleetwood Cove is a strenuous hike and not recommended if you are not in reasonable shape.
Oregon Caves National Monument, about 60 miles from Ashland, offers really fun and educational tours of the Caves. Stay at the Oregon Caves Chateau, one of Oregon’s most intriguing lodges with bark clad siding.
Jacksonville, Oregon is on the National Register – one of the few towns so designated. Step into the Oregon of the 1800s with historic tours and buildings. Then enjoy top name entertainment at the Britt Festival Gardens (reserved tickets often needed). Britt is a natural open air amphitheater and hosts top acts throughout the summer.
Although Ashland is not on The People’s Coast aka the Oregon Coast, I’ll have a lot more about that at the new blog coming soon.