Oregon’s Grove of the States is located at the French Prairie Rest Area (southbound I-5 at Milepost 281), near Wilsonville. The Grove is believed to be the oldest arboretum of state trees in the US and was originally a collection of trees from 53 US states and territories. The concept for the Grove was conceived and implemented by former Oregon Attorney General Robert Thornton in the mid-1960s as a way …
Summer is officially here—and much like turning a page on the calendar, Oregonians turn their thoughts towards outdoor activities. Many of these prospective vacationers will plan road trips far in advance—performing online research and outlining the perfect route to their chosen destinations. They’ll schedule stopping points for meals and driving breaks, and collect travel brochures and other tourism publications that invite them to explore nearby points of interest.
The Portland Tribune …
With the 2016 Memorial Day holiday behind us, vacation season begins in earnest—and graduation parties and BBQs will be here before you know it. However, summer’s crowded highways are sure to test everyone’s patience.
We thought it might be easier to plan your Oregon road-trip if you know what our most common rest area amenities are and what to look for when you stop. You’ll …
Memorial Day signals the start of many summer vacations and road trips. Whether you’re planning to hitch up your boat or load up the trail bikes and tents, you and millions of others will head out onto Oregon roadways this Friday. As part of your holiday experience, we want you to stay safe, and recognize when it would be a good time to stop and take a brief nap or …
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.
Find out when our governing council will meet next or review minutes from the last meeting.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
OTE 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.
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 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.
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. 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.
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.