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    OTE’s tips for a safe and enjoyable journey

    Oregon’s highways and byways will be extremely crowded this coming holiday weekend. Oregon Travel Experience would like to remind motorists that icy and snowy conditions are being predicted over the long holiday—and we encourage all travelers to prepare for a safe journey. The following tips may help make your trip more enjoyable as well.

    “Know before you go,” the well-known Oregon Department of Transportation’s …

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    Contracted services openings

    The following Request for Quotes (RFQ) postings and pre-bid conferencing will take place on the stated dates and times, and rest area onsite offices listed below:
    Boardman Rest Area RFQ for landscape services contract The pre-bid conference will take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at 3:00 pm at the eastbound I-84 Boardman OTE rest area office. You may preview or download a PDF of the RFQ notice and instructions.
    Santiam Rest Area …

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  • OTIC budget public comment sought

    The Oregon Travel Information Council (DBA Oregon Travel Experience) 2015 – 2017 Biennial Budget is now open for public comment. The budget for the full biennium follows the Continuing Resolution Budget adopted by the Travel Information Council for the first six months of the biennium, which was developed pending funding decisions by the Oregon Transportation Commission for the remainder of the biennium.
    To view the draft budget, click on this line to …

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  • Deadman Pass Rest Area reopened

    UPDATE, Thursday, November 19th: Deadman Pass Rest Area is now fully operational, thanks to our awesome crew.
    Wednesday, November 18th, 6:00 p.m. Traveler alert: If you are traveling I-84, power failures are causing intermittent outages at our Deadman Pass Rest Area between LaGrande and Pendleton. The power company is working to correct the problem, but you may find the rest area has been closed sporadically tonight. Better be safe than sorry and …

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Oregon Travel Information Council

Oregon Travel Experience’s governing body is known as the Oregon Travel Information Council in Oregon Statute. Ten members are appointed by the governor and one position represents the Oregon Transportation Commission. Their mission is to create a great visitor experience by providing directions to destinations, connecting travelers with Oregon’s resources, and ensuring safe and convenient travel. Find out when our governing council will meet next or review minutes from the last meeting.

Call for nominations – 2016 Maynard Drawson Memorial Award

Oregon Travel Experience and the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee are seeking nominations for the annual Maynard Drawson Memorial Award. The second annual award will honor an individual (or group) who has championed Oregon’s trees with the same fervor and success as Maynard Charles Drawson (1925 – 2012). The deadline is January 29, 2016. Make sure to read the full story and learn more about nominating someone who fearlessly protects Oregon’s historically significant trees.

Digital and print publications

duniwayThe 2015/16 OTE Heritage Program Maps Brochure is now available in both print and digital format. In order to conserve funds, we have installed a new document viewer that online users can use when they’re on the move across the state. The Heritage Programs Maps Brochure is one of our most popular print publications—and we want to find out if the new digital feature is a solution for those looking to conserve paper. If you would like to order a print version of the new heritage maps brochure, follow the instructions on the digital version web page. View the brochure and the order instructions.

Rest areas do more than revive

visitorsIf you are going to be on an Oregon highway or byway soon, you might be curious about some of the more unknown features at our rest areas. We’ve had recent email from prospective visitors who wondered if they could sleep or set up BBQs at an Oregon rest area. Surprisingly, we have a number of rules and regulations that allow for both family and pets to have a good time when stopping.. Check out some hidden gems and our rest area FAQs.

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All of us at OTE are committed to making your Oregon highway experience a great one. From the men and women ensuring your safety at our rest areas to the people helping you navigate a highway logo sign application, OTE employees agree that customers come first.

We know what it’s like to be on the other end and traveling with our family or friends–you want where you stop to be clean and safe, and you want to find your way easily without having to search for the information. And, you expect to have a great time. It’s a big road out there and we’re here to help. If you would like to learn more about us, our bios are posted on the OTE staff page.

Program Quick Links

The following links connect you to our main programs:

Highway Business Signs: A cost effective tool for local businesses to gain exposure along busy highways. Blue logo signs direct motorists to essential services and nearby attractions.

Rest Areas: Oregon Travel Experience supervises 20 rest areas across the state. Stop and rest, walk the dog and let the kids jump and run. See where Oregon Travel Experience’s rest areas are located and why we take your safety seriously.

Free Coffee Program: The Highway Safety Rest Area Free Coffee Program helps save lives by decreasing driver fatigue. This program is permitted by OTE and run by volunteer non-profit groups. Want to serve? For immediate information about this program, telephone 503-373-0155.

Sales Programs: From Travel Information Kiosks to TripCheck.com, Oregon Travel Experience connects you with the latest traveler information. Both businesses and motorists benefit from exposure in our travel information centers. If you want fast information about panels or brochure placement, telephone 503-373-0155.

Heritage Trees: Want to learn more about these spectacular beauties? Come visit our map and detail pages and listen to an audio tour.

Historical Markers: A venerable program handed down through the generations, Oregon’s historical markers can be the focus of a weekend family outing.

Places to Stop: Our highway sign customers run some of the most unique businesses in Oregon. These Sunday-living styled articles can help you find the perfect place to stay, eat, or have fun.


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Go on a Field Trip with OTE

It's as easy as one, two, three... just click on the Field Trip icon above, and download the app for free. It's available for Android or iOS platforms. Receive push notifications about OTE's heritage sites when you're on the road, bike, or taking a hike through your favorite Oregon city or town.