OTE - Oregon Travel Experience

News & Press

  • Tillamook Rest Area has reopened

    UPDATE, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19th, 6:00 P.M. We have now reopened Tillamook Rest Area on the Oregon Coast for business as usual. Our colleagues at Pleasant Valley Water repaired the water lines and motorists are now able to use the facilities.
    FEBRUARY 19th, 2:00 P.M. The Tillamook Rest Area on Hwy 101 is temporarily closed due to lack of water.  Pleasant Valley Water has a broken supply line 1/4 mile north of the rest …

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  • Reimagining rest areas as motorist hubs Tillamook Commissioner Mark Labhart welcomes meeting participants

    OTE, Tillamook leaders and agency partners take first step

    Improving public services through a pilot program

    With an infusion of sparkling coastal sunshine and spring-like temperatures, Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) and its partners in tourism, transportation and local government met in Tillamook over the latter part of January.
    Multiple agency partners were present, including representatives from ODOT, Travel Oregon, Tillamook County Commission, Visit Tillamook Coast and the Oregon Coast Visitors Association.
    Meeting participants engaged …

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  • OTE welcomes new Executive Director Nancy DeSouza

    The Oregon Travel Information Council is pleased to announce that Nancy DeSouza has accepted the position as Executive Director of Oregon Travel Experience (OTE). DeSouza is a native Oregonian with more than 24 years experience in Oregon state government executive and management service.
    “OTE is a semi-independent agency with an important and growing mandate to serve Oregon and its travelers, and Nancy brings the perfect combination of skill, wisdom and experience …

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  • Memaloose Rest Area reopened

    UPDATE, January 28, 2015, 1:37 p.m. The Memaloose Rest Area has reopened following an overnight closure which affected both sides of the I-84 stop. Repairs have been made to the sewage lines and all traffic is welcome back in.
    January 27, 2015, 2:25 p.m. Memaloose Rest Area on I-84 is currently experiencing problems with the septic system. Due to non-operational restroom facilities, the restrooms and rest area will be temporarily closed until tomorrow, …

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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.

Accepting nominations for 2015 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 nomination and the application process for 2015, please link to our Maynard Drawson Award nomination web page.

The 2013 – 2015 OTE Fiscal Year adopted budget

You may download and review a PDF of the Council adopted and amended budget for the agency. The accompanying staff report summarizes budget content. If you need further information about this document please contact us.

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 un-known 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. We want you to be safe, so please, don’t let weariness get to you and alter your Oregon experience. Check out some hidden gems and our rest area FAQs.

OTE expands sustainable practices

Barry Reed cleans fresh grout

Barry Reed cleans fresh grout

Would it surprise you to find out that OTE is actually mandated by the State of Oregon to “preserve the natural beauty and aesthetic features of rest areas?”

As part of our mission, we’re always on the lookout for sustainable products and ways to help conserve Oregon’s natural resources. Recently, the rest area team at Government Camp installed new water-free fixtures to help conserve our state’s water supply. Check out the story and photo gallery.

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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.

OTE's 2012 Annual report to the Oregon Legislature

Our 2012 legislative annual report is actually a short video. We thought that reducing paper mass was a good step towards sustainable practices. If you want to learn more about why OTE was formed in 1972, some cool facts about Lady Bird Johnson's connection to our mission and how our programs work, zip on over to the movie. It's more fun than wading through 50 dry pages of division reports... we promise.

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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.