Beaver State, She flies with her own wings!

Oregon is located on the Pacific coast. The Columbia and Snake rivers delineate much of Oregon’s northern and eastern boundaries, respectively. The area was inhabited by many indigenous tribes before the arrival of traders, explorers, and settlers who formed an autonomous government in Oregon Country in 1843. The Oregon Territory was created in 1848, and Oregon became the 33rd state on February 14, 1859. Salem is the state’s capital while Portland is the most populous.

The earliest known use of the name, spelled Ouragon, was in a 1765 petition by Major Robert Rogers to the Kingdom of Great Britain. The term referred to the then–mythical River of the West (the Columbia River). By 1778 the spelling had shifted to Oregon.

The official Web page for the state of Oregon, designed to provide you with an easier way to find what you need from Oregon state government.

Other places and informational links for Oregon:

Oregon’s landscape varies from rain forest in the Coast Range to barren desert in the southeast; including the windswept Pacific coastline, the volcanoes of the rugged and glaciated Cascade Mountain Range, many waterfalls (including Multnomah Falls), dense evergreen forests, mixed forests and deciduous forests at lower elevations, and high desert across much of the eastern portion of the state, extending into the Great Basin. Stretching east from Central Oregon, the state also includes semi-arid shrublands, prairies, deserts, steppes, and meadows. Mount Hood is the highest point in the state at 11,249 feet (3,429 m). Crater Lake National Park is the only national park in Oregon.

Oregon’s mountains, forests, waterfalls, lakes (includingCrater Lake National Park), and beaches draw visitors year round. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, held in Ashland, is a tourist draw for Southern Oregon.

Oregon is home to many breweries and Portland has the largest number of breweries of any city in the world.

Oregon Historical Society and Oregon History Museum
The official website of the Oregon Historical Society and the Oregon History Museum.
Oregon Blue Book Almanac and Fact Book
the Oregon Blue Book, the official state fact book about all levels of government in Oregon… and more.


The state highway system of Oregon is owned and maintained by the Highway Division of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Air travel is available to and from the many airports in Oregon. More information is available on the Oregon Department of Aviation page.

Rail is also used in the state to provide both long-haul passenger service, as well as commuter and intra-urban transit, and excursion trains. Three Amtrak routes provide service to Oregon.

You will want to plan your travel. Here are some places to help with that.

Travel Oregon
The official guide to Oregon travel and tourism information.

Directions by City or Zip (Postcode)

  You’ll probably need maps, directions or both at some point in your travels. Just type the starting place in the first box, the ending destination in the second box and click “Go”. As an example, you could enter your home address as the starting point and the address of the place you are to stay at as the destination.

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