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  • View Master Historical Marker Dedication Gallery

    For those who missed out on last week’s OTE Oregon Historical Marker event at the Oregon Caves National Monument, here’s an opportunity to see what happened at the dedication ceremony.
    Several speakers helped mark the occasion, including Oregon Travel Information Council Chair Gwenn Baldwin, OTE Executive Director Nancy DeSouza, Chair of the Oregon Historical Marker Committee George Forbes, previous View-Master photographer Rich Dubnow, Oregon Caves National Monument Superintendent Vicki Snitzler, and Friends of …

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  • What’s big, red and long as a football field? Big Rig

    How big is a really B-I-G rig? Well how about 20-feet wide and 353-feet long. For full transparency, a football field is actually 360-feet long, so this enormous truck is about 7-feet shy of our actual headline. Several monster-sized loads are making their way up I-5 over the next several days and will be affecting I-5 northbound rest areas and commercial truck (and RV or tour bus) parking capacity.

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  • Limited Truck Parking at Northbound French Prairie

    Monday, May 18, 2015: The northbound French Prairie commercial truck lot parking area will only have half the amount of space as usual for trucks and RVs due to an oversized rig parking there until this Wednesday night. We will let you know when it is gone.

  • The 2016 Maynard Drawson Award

    Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) and the Oregon Heritage Tree Program have established a new statewide award in Maynard “The Tree Man” Drawson’s name. The annual award will honor individuals (or groups) who have championed Oregon’s trees with the same fervor and success as Drawson. For more information about the application process for 2016, please link to our Maynard Drawson Award nomination web page.

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.

Public comment sought for amended 2015 -2017 budget

The public is invited to review and comment on the Oregon Travel Information Council’s proposed budget for the first two quarters of the 2015-17 biennium. You may download a PDF of the budget and overview statement here. The Council will meet on Wednesday, June 24th to receive and review public comment and vote on adopting the proposed budget.

Written public comments must be received by Monday, June 22, 2105, and can be mailed to: Oregon Travel Information Council, Attn: Executive Director, 1500 Liberty St SE, Suite 150, Salem, Oregon, 97302. Persons wishing to comment in person may do so during the Budget Hearing portion of the Council’s public meeting on June 24, 2015. If you have questions concerning this continuing resolution budget or other matters, please email Executive Director Nancy DeSouza or telephone 503-373-1042.

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: Use your mobile device and check out these hidden gems. 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.