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  • Get ready for winter driving

    Since our local Oregon forecast is a bit unpredictable, it’s a really good time to review what our friends over at the Oregon Department of Transportation recommend for safe driving under snowy or icy conditions.

    Snow equals skills, time, and patience

    Driving in the snow requires a certain set of driving skills that some Oregon residents get to use only rarely.
    Here are some things to keep in mind:

    Allow extra time to get …

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  • Gone but not forgotten – tree memorials

    Notable trees that once graced Oregon

    There are notable trees aplenty in Oregon, and you may have visited some of them on weekend forays across the state. However, trees have finite lifetimes. They are vulnerable to disease, rot, weather or humankind incidents. While not all of the trees represented in the“tree memorial” are Oregon Heritage Trees, during their lifespans many were beloved in their communities and by tree aficionados.
    We will be …

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  • Thanksgiving safe travel message

    Oregon State Police share holiday advisory

    With at least 10 people losing their lives on state highways over the past week, Oregon State Police (OSP) is urging motorists to travel safely this Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. Other traffic alerts that coincide with the long weekend include winter travel conditions, Black Friday shopping and the Civil War Game in Corvallis.
    Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend – This holiday period (Wednesday through Sunday) will see one of …

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  • Grove of the States Arborist Work Day

    Oregon’s Grove of the States enters active restoration phase

    On November 11, 2016, a team of two dozen highly skilled volunteer arborists from four local companies will sponsor a work day in Oregon’s Grove of the States to prepare the site for the next phase of its restoration. The Grove will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, and is in dire need of attention.
    Located at the southbound I-5 French Prairie Rest …

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

martin_luther_kingOTE’s Salem administrative office will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of  the Martin Luther King holiday. We will return on Tuesday, January 17th. Please travel safe over the long weekend and be sure to stop at one of our 29 rest areas across the state to rest and refresh.

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

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.

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 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.

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.