It is especially the unique nature that attracts many visitors to Oregon. And one of the most special landscapes can be found in southern Oregon.
Traffic In And Around Oregon
According to Deluxesurveillance, Oregon is located in the Northeast of America. The state borders the Pacific Ocean to the west, California and Nevada to the south, Idaho to the east, and Washington to the north. There are a number of particularly beautiful roads along the coast, and through the Coastal Mountains that run from north to south. To make these journeys even more enjoyable, it is important that you are aware of the local traffic regulations before you get in the car.
Speed limits in America vary by state, but this is clearly marked on road signs along the road. In general, you can assume that you are allowed to drive 40-64 km/h in built-up areas, 64-112 km/h outside built-up areas and 88-120 km/h on motorways.
Children under one year of age must be placed in a rear-facing child seat and children weighing less than 18 kilograms in an approved child seat. Children under 125 cm and under eight years of age must use a booster seat.
A traffic light with a red flashing light should be seen as a stop sign. A traffic light with a flashing yellow light means that you should slow down and do not proceed until you are sure it is safe to do so. In the state of Oregon, you may turn right at a red light if you first come to a complete stop to make sure the road is clear.
Tip: The Columbia River Highway is one of the most scenic drives in the United States. Opened in 1915, this 70-mile winding highway connects Troutdale to The Dalles. Along the way you will come across some beautiful waterfalls and the views here are breathtaking all year round.
Be In Awe Of Crater Lake National Park
About 7,700 years ago, the 3,660 meter high Mount Mazama stood here, a gigantic volcano that towered high above the area. After a huge explosive eruption, so much molten rock was spewed out that a caldera formed here: Crater Lake. The caldera filled with water and snow over the ensuing hundreds of years to eventually become the deepest lake in the United States. Standing on the rim, you can look out over a crater with a diameter of up to 8 kilometers, filled with deep blue water and surrounded by steep rock walls. The water that evaporates from the lake is replenished by snow; the reason why the water here is so deep blue. There is great hiking here and one of the most popular hiking trails is the Garfield Peak Hike. This is a 5 minute walk 5 kilometers where you have spectacular views over the lake and the Phantom Ship rock. However, this walk is very steep and therefore a tough undertaking, but there are also easier routes that you can follow.
Stroll Through Quiet Portland
The motto of this quiet and green city is ‘Keep Portland weird’. It is a refuge for people who may be a little strange, something that makes the city very unique and interesting. The city therefore also attracts many creative people who love the culture, art and music scene. The Portland Art Museum features the city’s largest collection of modern and contemporary art, a sculpture garden, and Native American art. You’ll also learn about the city’s history through the Oregon Historical Society’s interactive displays and artifacts.
The city has a number of green spots where you can enjoy a nice walk, such as Washington Park. Here you will find a colorful rose garden, the International Rose Test Garden, which blooms every year and houses up to 550 varieties of roses. But the Japanese Gardens with its five different styles of Japanese gardens also remain popular. Here you stroll past small waterfalls, a sloping sand garden and bonsai trees.
Step Into History At The Warm Springs Museum
The Warm Springs Museum is located west of the town of Warm Springs. Founded by the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, the museum pays tribute to the Native Americans who live here: the Wasco, Tenino, and Northern Paiute. The building is a beautiful piece of architecture with a glass front, surrounded by stone and wooden beams that ensures an impressive collection of historical photographs, stories, murals and contemporary art of the Indians. In addition, you will find three reproductions of a thatched mat hut, a wickiup and a plank house; houses in which the Indian tribes lived. Also near the museum is the Kah-Nee-Ta resort, a hot springs center with golf courses, restaurants, swimming and horseback riding.