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  • OTE Salem administrative office closed, Friday, July 3rd

    In observance of Independence Day, the OTE main office in Salem on Liberty St SE will be closed this Friday, July 3, 2015. All 29 OTE rest area locations remain open and staffed. If you need emergency assistance at a rest area, please dial 9-1-1. All of us at OTE wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday weekend.

  • Fourth of July motoring and “Educate before you recreate” Fourth

    This week, the 4th of July holiday may provide a short work-week for some, while others continue to commute to jobs that serve the rest of us—grocery stores, outlet malls, gas stations, hotels, and just about anything to do with travel, tourism and the holiday celebration. Since Friday, July 3rd may be the official day off for many, expect high volumes of traffic on all roadways over a three to …

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  • Hansel and Gretel – Or how to find your way to your favorite hotel OTE's Interstate logo signs

    Have you ever paid attention to business signs on the highway? Was it when you were driving along the freeway in unfamiliar territory or only when the needle on your fuel gauge was dipping towards empty? Do you have any idea why these signs exist or who takes care of them? If you’re struggling to figure out this tidbit of Oregon trivia, Oregon Travel Experience would like to shed some …

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  • Summer on the highway – Keeping you safe sleepy

    Oregonians are relishing a steady stream of warm sunshine, and with the summer solstice just around the corner (June 21st), more and more of you are planning to take to the roadways with a kayak, a bike, a trailer, or a few dogs and kids in tow.
    During high volume travel seasons, Oregon Travel Experience rest stops actually help save lives by reducing driver error and fatigue. OTE’s trained rest area …

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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.

Review the Council’s amended 2015 -2017 agency budget

The public is invited to review 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 hereIf 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.