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  • Boardman Rest Area janitorial contractor needed

    Request for Quotations open

    The Oregon Travel Information Council (DBA Oregon Travel Experience) has formally opened the Request For Quotations (RFQ) process for contracted janitorial services at the eastbound Boardman Rest Area, Milepost 161.
    There will be a pre-bid conference at the Boardman eastbound OTE office on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.
    Download the PDF of the RFQ guidelines, bid submission and scope of duties.
    The deadline to submit the RFQ application …

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  • Notable Oregon tree advocate sought drawson_plaque

    Committee opens nomination process for 2017 Maynard Drawson Award

    Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) and the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee are accepting nominations for the annual Maynard Drawson Memorial Award. (*The award nomination form is located below in the “Submit your nominations” section of this article.) This will be the third year that the annual award will honor an individual (or group) who has championed Oregon’s trees with the same fervor and …

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  • Tall tales from Interstate 84 ox_1

    Remember the American folktale about Babe the Blue Ox? You could say that Babe and his sidekick Paul Bunyan were a just a tad bit on the extra large size—gargantuan even. Recently, real life mimicked folklore when two supersized oxen calmly grazed inside a horse corral at Oregon Travel Experience’s Stanfield Rest Area. Travelers were eager to take a closer look at the real-life giants and learn more about them.
    “I …

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  • Falling into a darker season dallas_oregon_autumn

    Beating seasonal fatigue

    You wake up, but it’s black as midnight. The alarm is buzzing and the dog is hopping on the bed trying to get your attention. What’s up with moonlight in the morning? Well, it’s fall. In Oregon.
    Adapting to seasonal shifts and time changes is challenging—and feeling as though you’re not quite awake when you sit behind the wheel when the sun isn’t up is downright dangerous.
    At Oregon Travel …

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Oregon Travel Information Council

The Oregon Travel Information Council is responsible for governing the agency, which operates under the assumed business name of Oregon Travel Experience. The Council is composed of eight volunteers appointed by the Governor and one member of the Oregon Transportation Commission. At least one appointee must reside in each of Oregon’s five congressional districts. The Council meets quarterly to fulfill its mission of creating a great visitor experience by providing directions to destinations, connecting travelers with Oregon’s resources, and ensuring safe and convenient travel. Meet the Council members.

Council meetings and minutes

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 December 2015 meeting. 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.

Grove of the States Sponsorship Packet

GOSbutton2If you would like to be one of the first businesses included on new signs that will honor the Grove of the States, now is your chance. Oregon Travel Experience is offering several sponsorship levels to help fund French Prairie Rest Area’s “Grove of the States Restoration Project.” Your business name will be seen by over two million travelers who stop at the rest area when the project is completed in August 2017. Learn more about how you can help sustain this unique public space.

Community heritage tree programs directory


Our online heritage tree directory provides information about various city and county notable tree programs across the state. The directory is a great resource if you’re planning a weekend sightseeing trip or local walking tour, or if you wish to nominate a tree that has not met the statewide program criteria.

Deep Roots Heritage Programs 2016 News

16deep_roots_squareDive into Oregon history and heritage—with Oregon Travel Experience’s latest publication, Deep Roots. The annual publication is available free of charge to the public, as long as supplies last.

Deep Roots provides snapshots of Oregon history, culture, and heritage—introducing the reader to a variety of events, people, and geographical wonders. The eight-page print version is produced in black and white, and is styled after an antique newspaper. An online “flip-book” and mobile-friendly version is available on our website.

 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. 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

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. (Please note that a variable convenience fee may be charged by your card provider for transactions.) 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 29 rest areas at 17 locations around 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 503-373-0155.

 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: A roll call of some of our more popular blog posts, featuring unusual visitors to rest areas, local businesses that we help promote with highway signs, unique projects with partners, and other Sunday living styled posts.