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  • Grove of the States dedicated as Oregon Heritage Trees on their 50th Anniversary

    On August 28th at 1:00 p.m., the Oregon Heritage Tree Program celebrated the induction of Oregon’s newest Heritage Trees ­­­– Oregon’s Grove of the States, a historic arboretum containing trees for each US state and the District of Columbia.
    Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, ODOT director Matt Garrett and members of the Oregon Travel Information Council joined the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee to commemorate the day and induct the Grove as …

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  • Santiam Rest Area Closures Scheduled for Repaving

    The Santiam Rest Area at I-5 milepoint 241 will be closed in two stages for necessary repaving as follows:
    Southbound: Closed to trucks at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, September 11. Car traffic will be allowed through September 17, 2017
    Northbound and Southbound: Closed to all traffic at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, September 18. Both rest areas are scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
    We apologize for this inconvenience. French Prairie Rest …

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  • The Triple Nickles Historical Marker Dedication

    On Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., the Oregon Historical Marker Program will commemorate the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (also known as the Triple Nickles), an elite all-Black paratrooper unit deployed to Oregon near the end of WWII. A new historical marker honoring the Triple Nickles will be unveiled at the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum located at the Illinois Valley Valley Airport in Cave Junction.
    The Triple Nickles jumped their …

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  • 2017 Deep Roots publication now available

    The Oregon Travel Information Council (DBA Oregon Travel Experience) is offering a free publication to those interested in Oregon’s Heritage Trees and Historical Markers. The 2017 edition of “Deep Roots” is available while supplies last. Deep Roots features historical photographs and is a large tabloid periodical published on quality paper stock—perfect for Oregon ephemera collections.
    This year’s cover story dives deep into the significance behind a new historical marker slated for …

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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.

Public comment invited – TIC/OTE biennial budget

The public is invited to comment on the 2017 -2019 proposed budget, with a pubic hearing at its Salem office scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on June 12, 2107, followed by the TIC’s quarterly meeting where the budget will be discussed and adopted. You may download a copy of the proposed budget. Written comments must be received by Friday, June 9, 2017, and can be emailed to Nancy DeSouza or mailed to: Oregon Travel Information Council Attn: Executive Director, 1500 Liberty St. SE Suite 150, Salem, OR 97302.    If you have questions or concerns, please contact OTE Executive Director Nancy DeSouza.

Grove of the States Sponsorship Packet

If 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 Program directory

pdxOur 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.


Heritage Program Brochure 2017

The Oregon Heritage Tree and Historical Programs have updated their most popular and widely distributed biennial publication: the “Guide to Oregon Historical Markers & Heritage Trees” map brochure. This full color 20-page, glovebox size brochure lists all Heritage Tree and Historical and Regional Marker sites (up to 2017) across Oregon. If you would like copies of this free publication, please contact Jessica Carbone at 800-574-9397, or request by email.

OTE’s skilled team is ready to serve you

kurt_valdezAll 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.

 TripCheck.com: Get real-time Oregon highway and road conditions on the website operated by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Roadway cameras, weather and crash reports, travel and alerts---discover it on the go!

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.