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Southern Oregon has a multitude of things to do and see in the area, one or two days just may not be enough. Whether you are looking for adventure and outdoor activities, sampling some craft beer or local wine or taking in some art, theatre or music performances, southern Oregon has something for everyone.
Below are some suggestions to help you plan your time in our area.
The Adventure Scene
Southern Oregon is loaded with activities for those with an adventurous streak. When planning your trip, we would urge you to consider some of the following activities:
Hellgate Jetboat Excursions
The premier attraction in southern Oregon, the Hellgate Jetboats travel south from Grants Pass down the Rogue River and through Hellgate Canyon. Along the river, trained Hellgate pilots offer a narrated historic overview of the region and point out landscape features amid the most majestic scenery to line any waterway in the country. On every trip, pilots point to nearby wildlife such as deer, river otter, osprey and bald eagles flying overhead, guarding nests or perched on high branches. There are five trips to choose from: Wild and Scenic, Whitewater, Lunch, Brunch and Dinner...something for everyone!
Rogue Wilderness Adventures
For over 38 years Rogue Wilderness Adventures has been the leader in adventure travel on Oregon's Rogue River. Rogue Wilderness offers a wide array of guided trips to choose from: Whitewater Rafting, Paddles & Pints (rafting and craft brews), Fishing, Hiking and Wiking (hiking & wine) to name just a few. Multi-day trips are avialable.
(Check out our Packages page for money saving deals)
Rogue ZipLine Adventures
Rogue Valley ZipLine Adventure is nestled in the hills of beautiful Southern Oregon. The company provides guided zip line tours on a progressive five zip line course. With a glimpse at locally famous Braden Gold Mine and many other spectacular views including Crater Lake Rim, Mt. Mcloughlin and Table Rocks. Rogue ZipLine Adventures is home of the longest zip line in the Pacific Northwest. Be sure to check out Zip, Dip and Sip - ziplining, rafting, wine tasting all rolled up into one great package. All zipline trips are ADA compliant.
A truly remarkable way to experience the Rogue Valley! Take a hot air balloon ride over the picturesque hills, valleys and rivers of southern Oregon. Flights typically run from May through October. Great fun for the entire family.
The Great Outdoors
Natural beauty abounds in the Rogue Valley / southern Oregon region and few places in America present outdoor enthusiasts more excitement and variety than our beautiful area. National Parks and Monuments, wildlife and hiking - there is something for everyone to be found in our great outdoors. This is just a small sample of what awaits your arrival.
Crater Lake National Park
At 1,943 feet, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and has inspired people for thousands of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom.
Oregon Caves National Monument
Nestled deep inside the Siskiyou Mountains, the caves formed as rainwater from the ancient forest above dissolved the surrounding marble and created one of the world's few marble caves. The highly complex geology found on the Monument contributes to the unusual and rare plants and animals found nowhere else but here. Experience the extensively decorated and adventurous "Marble Halls of Oregon."
Majestic Redwood Forest
Bright, open and lush, the majestic redwood groves are the most scenic in existence. There's an unusual amount of variety in the color and texture of the trees, in the size of the trees, and even in the understory vegetation, making the woods a fascinating place to hike. The park also has some trees of truly stupendous size: perhaps not quite as tall as the redwoods to the south, but bigger in diameter. Somewhere in the park is the largest coast redwood by volume, a tree that's exceeded in size, and not by much, by only seven giant sequoias.
Provides care and treatment for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife indigenous to the Pacific Northwest, while giving the public an opportunity to experience wildlife first-hand. Located on 24 acres of “living laboratory” adjacent to the Wild and Scenic portion of Oregon’s Rogue River, approximately 12 miles west of Grants Pass, Wildlife Images receives and cares for over 1,000 animals every year. Tours available daily.
Upper and Lower Table Rocks
Upper and Lower Table Rocks are two of the most prominent topographic features in the Rogue Valley. These flat-topped buttes rise approximately 800 feet above the north bank of the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon. Fantastic hiking with panoramic views of the Rogue Valley.
Rogue / Illinois / Applegate Rivers
Southern Oregon is home to three rivers, the most famous being the Rogue River. Starting at Crater Lake and running 215 miles, all the way to the Oregon coast, the Rogue River has spectacular fishing, all manner of river activities and includes the federally protected Wild and Scenic section south of Grants Pass.
The scenic Illinois River provides opportunities for day-use as well as overnight float trips, including trips through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness during higher flows. The emerald green water of the Illinois provides a cool break from the hot summer temperatures. Primitive camping and numerous hiking trails are available along the river corridor.
The Applegate River, a major tributary of the Rogue River, drains a large portion of the eastern Siskiyou Mountains. Its generally northward course begins among the snowfields and springs along the summit of the Siskiyou Crest.
Each river offers a wide variety of activities for all manner of outdoor enthusiasts.
The Wine Scene
The great diversity of climate, topography, and soils in southern Oregon fosters the cultivation of both warm and cool climate grape varieties, thereby establishing the potential for a full-spectrum tour of many wine varieties. As southern Oregon wines have increased in popularity, so to has the wine tourism industry. Below is information on the region, a couple of tours and wine-centric dining options, along with information on the annual World of Wine Festival.
Discover Oregon Wine Country Package
This is our in-house wine tasting package. This is a self-drive tasting tour of thirteen area wineries, including more established names like Valley View Winery and new up-and-comers like Serra Vineyards and Kriselle Cellars. You will also receive two commemorative wine glasses and a wine / bottle opener to take home with you. Case discounts and special wine pricing is offered at a variety of tasting rooms.
(See our Packages page for more information)
Southern Oregon Winery Association
An all purpose resource offering information, links, maps and a calendar of events for the vineyards and wineries in the southern Oregon region. A downloadable brochure featuring all the association wineries is also available.
Wine Hopper Tours
Carefully tailored for the connoisseur in each, Wine Hopper Tours offer a full-spectrum experience, providing an in-depth education of the history of the region and a hands-on tasting experience that guarantees more than a self-guided tour allows. Join Wine Hopper Tours on an enlightening journey through the oldest wine region in the state.
Located in downtown Grants Pass, this is southern Oregon's premier wine bar featuring 16 wines by the glass each day, as well as flights of wine to help find that new "favorite." They carry over 800 bottles from 115 different wineries and offer some of the best food in the valley.
(Also offered as one of our dining options as part of our Romance Package)
World of Wine Festival
The Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival is the premier multi-day wine and food festival in Southern Oregon. The hallmark of the festival is the Wine Competition, which attracts some 200+ wines made exclusively from grapes grown in southern Oregon. The wines are judged by a panel of some of the top wine experts in the country, typically including one or more Masters of Wine. The festival traditionally falls each year in August.
The Arts and Entertainment Scene
The arts and entertainment culture play a pivitol role in every community and southern Oregon has an abundance. From live music festivals to Tony Award winning theatre productions and community art festivals, the Rogue Valley is home to some fun and exciting activities that will create memories to last a lifetime.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
A major theatre arts organization, OSF offers a diversity of plays as well as events and activities to enhance your overall experience. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1935. The season runs from February through early November and offers 11 different plays that include four by Shakespeare and seven by other classic writers. When you visit you can see one or two plays or up to nine plays in one week!Britt Festival
Britt Festivals, a non-profit organization, is the Pacific Northwest's premier outdoor summer performing arts festival. Located in Jacksonville, Britt presents dozens of summer concerts, featuring world-class artists in classical music, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, world, pop and country music. Britt's performance venue is a naturally formed amphitheater set among majestic ponderosa pines and native madrones on the beautiful hillside estate of 19th century photographer Peter Britt.
The Glass Forge
Located on historic G Street in the heart of Grants Pass, The Glass Forge has been producing vases, bowls, perfume bottles, and one-of-a-kind sculptural glass art since 1998. The studio includes a gallery and retail space as well as an observation area. You can even participate in the blowing of glass!
Craterian Theater at the Collier Center for the Performing Arts
In central Medford, the Craterian Theater is an intimate, yet state-of-the-art performance venue providing a location for local, regional and national performing artists.
Founded in 1976 to create a regional opera company that would utilize local talent to present high quality opera to regional audiences. Thirty-five years later, over 1,000 Opera in the Schools and main stage productions have been offered and Rogue Opera has become a treasure in the arts community.
Grants Pass Artisan Market
The Artisans and Crafters Market in downtown Grants Pass, now in its 8th season, continues to be a phenomenal success, connecting local artists and crafts persons with admirers of their works and wares. The Grants Pass Artisan Market is open 9am - 1pm, every Saturday, May through October.
The Rogue Theatre opened its doors in 1938. Now one of Grants Pass' most prominent historical buildings, the Art Deco exterior and glowing neon marquee add to the warmth and charm of the city’s historical district. Rogue Theatre is a regional non-profit performing arts center, complete with state-of-the-art sound and lighting. The Rogue Theatre is capable of hosting a wide range of arts and cultural events, including theater, concerts, dance and film presentations.
First Friday Art Night
Occurring on the first Friday night of the month (excluding January), Downtown Grants Pass comes alive with music and art. There are various shops, galleries and restaurants open late displaying local art and musical talent. Some stores have free wine tastings.
Art Along the Rogue
An annual street painting and music fesitval held every year during the first weekend in October in the downtown area of Grants Pass. This gathering of local and nationally known artists is attended by thousands of people each year.
The Craft Beer Scene
While the southern Oregon region is better know for its wines, the craft beer sensation has hit the area as well. Oregon leads the nation in breweries per capita and the southern Oregon region is one of the fastest growing producers of craft beers. Here are some of our favorites.
Southern Oregon Brewing Co.
Brewed with uncompromised standards, they are dedicated to producing a full line of tantalizing brews using old-world brewing techniques and only the finest natural ingredients.
BricktownE Brewing Co.
Started by two home brewers, BricktownE is located in central Medford and offers 10 spectacular craft beers on tap, along with wines and a pear cider.
Standing Stone Brewery
Standing Stone Brewing Company is a family-owned, full-service restaurant-brewery committed to craft beers, great food and happy customers.
With 27 different Caldera beers on tap, you will be sure to find a beer to your liking. Caldera was the first microbrewery in the State of Oregon to brew and can its own beer.
Offering a consistent selection of quality, small-batch beers as well as rotating specialties. Brewed weekly, they guarantee some of the freshest beer on tap in the Rogue Valley. A truly unique, local, artisan experience.
Wild River Brewing
The original southern Oregon craftbrewers, Wild River has five Southern Oregon establishments where you can enjoy fantastic food, including their famous pizzas, as well as award winning handcrafted beers.
See what Southern Oregon Magazine had to say about our local craft beer industry.