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Oregon’s public rest area system has a lengthy history of welcoming travelers and providing safe clean facilities for motorists to refresh. At OTE managed rest areas, dedicated employees provide a range of services. From helping families find lost keys and pets to ensuring that the grounds are free from obstructions and hazards, our specialists are present during peak travel hours, seven days per week and …
We are pleased to invite you to become a sponsor to Oregon’s Grove of the States. This is a unique opportunity to participate in the restoration and preservation of a historic Oregon arboretum with national roots. Download a copy of the Sponsor Letter (PDF).
What is the Grove of the States?
Located at the southbound I-5 French Prairie Rest Area (where over two million visitors stop each year), the Grove was conceived by former …
As the weather improves, 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.
Many Americans will take to the open highway this season during …
Gear up for fun on Oregon roadways
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 find all that information and more, including traffic updates, below.
Among some of the more unusual features at Oregon rest areas to be found are:
Horse corrals On your way to Idaho in search of famous …
The Lee Oak Heritage Tree in Canby, Oregon, was celebrated on April 8, 2016. A crowd of about 60 people attended, including four generations descended from Philander and Anna Lee, who planted the tree some 146 years ago.
Canby Mayor Brian Hodson, OTIC/OTE Executive Director Nancy DeSouza, Chair Carol Palmer of the Canby Historic Review Board, and members of the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee gave presentations.
As the 68th tree to be …
Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) and the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee are pleased to announce the 2016 winner of the Maynard Drawson Memorial Award. Catherine Mushel, of Portland, Oregon, will receive the award during Portland’s Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend the presentation at the South Park Blocks arbor-event stage.
Canby’s Lee Oak Tree honored
Oregon’s Heritage Tree Program inducted the Canby ‘Lee Oak Tree,’ a 146-year old specimen of Oregon botanical history as part of its Class of 2016. Finding the tree is easy—it’s located at 777 NE 4th Avenue, between Package Containers Inc., and the Clackamas County Fairgrounds.
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About the Lee Oak Tree
The Lee Oak Tree belongs to the species Quercus garryana …
2016 Deep Roots
Dive 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 …
We’ve heard our customers speak. Oregon Travel Experience highway business sign (and kiosk) customers may now renew their permit fees online through our safe and secure portal.
The following bank cards will be accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and debit cards displaying those three logos.*
Many Oregonians may not realize that we owe a great deal of our driving pleasure to Lady Bird Johnson. The story behind the 1965 Highway Beautification Act (HBA) and its connection to our scenic roadways and the nation’s former First Lady bears retelling.
Untangling obstructed views
In her role as First Lady during the tenure of her husband President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson’s tireless support for the HBA was one …