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  • Whirlybirds at a rest area? deadman_copter

    Unusual bird stops at Deadman Pass

    Our Deadman Pass rest area played host to an unusual visitor this last weekend. OTE Specialist Marc Van Gorden told us that while he was on duty, he heard the sound of a helicopter nearby.
    As the distinctive sound of the chopper’s blades grew louder and louder, Van Gorden realized the craft was going to attempt a landing on what appeared to be a circular patch …

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  • Sign Customer Spotlight – Gordon House Gordon_house2

    For those enamored with mid-20th century innovation, Henry Moore, Herman Miller, and Frank Lloyd Wright remain iconic masters of artistic form and function. From furniture to art and architecture, these visionaries helped push the clean lines of their inventions into mainstream culture and consciousness.
    Where do the correlations between mid-century modernism and Oregon’s rustic beauty exist? If you drive through the northern Willamette Valley, one such “progeny” from the marriage between …

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  • New online payment option for sign customers VISA_payment copy

    We’ve heard our customers speak. Oregon Travel Experience highway business sign (and kiosk) customers may now renew their permit fees online through our safe and secure portal.

    The following bank cards will be accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and debit cards displaying those three logos.*

  • Suncrest Rest Area reopens

    UPDATE: Wednesday, January 20, 2016: Staff have repaired the water main and report that Suncrest Rest Area is open for business as usual.
    Tuesday, January 19, 2016: Oregon Travel Experience rest area staff report that Suncrest Rest Area (southbound I-5, at Milepost 22) will be closed for at least 24-hours due to a water main leak. Repairs are underway and we will keep you posted. The next closest I-5 rest areas are located …

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Salem Office Presidents’ Day Hours

The OTE Administrative Office on Liberty St SE  in Salem will be closed this coming Monday, February 15th in observance of Presidents’ Day. We will reopen on Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. All 29 rest area locations will remain open to serve the public. Safe holiday travels.

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.

Council adopted biennial budget

The Oregon Travel Information Council approved an amended 2015 – 2017 Biennial Budget at their most recent meeting on December 16, 2015. The final adopted budget also includes a “Budget Note” that the Council intends to review sign fees in Spring 2016. You may download a copy of the Council approved Biennial Budget. If you have questions or concerns, please contact OTE Executive Director Nancy DeSouza.

Heritage Programs Newsletter

15deep_roots_correctedTake a trip through our heritage program events in our annual publication “Deep Roots.” The 2015 version is available for viewing online in a convenient flip-book. Alternate versions are also available if requested. Stay tuned, as the 2016 edition will be available in late March.

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.

 OTE’s skilled team is ready to serve youkurt_valdez

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.

Go on a Field Trip with OTE

FT-icon-512x512-Square (1)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.

Program Quick Links

Pay your permit fees online

VISA_combo_graphicOTE offers an easy and secure online payment option for your sign, kiosk, and TripCheck permit fees. Simply connect to the OTE US Bancorp payment site. You'll see the OTE logo on the banner at the top. Contact us if you need help with this option by email, or by telephone at 503-373-0086.

Oregon Travel Experience Tourist Oriented DirectionalHighway 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.

coffeeFree 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. For immediate information about this program, telephone 503-378-6289.

 Permit 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 503-373-0090.

The "Mother Oak," part of the Ellmaker Heritage Grove honored in Veneta.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.