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Facts About Oregon

Q. What are some of the traditional Oregon foods?

A. Hazelnuts, Salmon, Crab, and hops are all examples of traditional native foods to Oregon. Here are some recipes and places to see more information of all of these: Link Hazelnut, Link Salmon...

Q. Can I pump my own gas (Petro) in Oregon?

A. An attendant must pump your gas in Oregon. An attendant will meet you at the car, take your request and fill your tank. The only exception is if you have diesel fuel or you are in a remote town of less then 1000 people residing. You can pump your own gas.

Q. What do you call someone who lives in Oregon?

A. Someone who lives or has some association with the state of Oregon is called an Oregonian. Coincidently, the largest newspaper in the state is called The Oregonian. However, if you visit The Oregonian Website, it now directs you to

Q. What is uncommonly Oregon?

A. You can not pump your gas; the state flag is double-sided, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in America. Only in towns with less than 1000 people are you allowed to pump your gas. Otherwiseanattendant will come out and pump it for you. The state flag is double-sided, with the state seal on one side and a golden beaver on the other. Crater Lake is 1,949 feet deep and is the 9th deepest lake in the world and the deepest in the USA.

Q. What is the name of the mountain Crater Lake is in?

A. Mount Mazama is the original mountain that now forms Crater Lake in Southern Oregon. The eruption that formed the collapsed caldera is estimated to be around 8,000-10,000 years ago. The volcano was last active 4800 years ago

Q. What is the sales tax in Oregon?

A. Oregon does not have a sales tax on general goods and services. Thismakes tax-free shopping a highlight of a visit to Oregon. Hotels and car rentals are taxed,and most of that revenue is channeled to support Travel Oregon and all of the tourism commissions around the state. A couple of cities have passed local sales tax on food, Ashland is one of them.

Q. Are there any hikes in Portland?

A. There is plenty of hiking to be had in and around Portland- Forrest Park, Oaks Bottom and Mt Tabor to name just a few. Forest Park has the Wildwood Trail, a 29-mile long trail that snakes through a thick and unpopulated forest of Doug Firs, Fern and much more. Oaks Bottom is a river walk on the eastside of Portland, a foot, bike and ADA friendly trail running from the Sellwood bridge along the Willamette River to downtown.

Q. Are there any hikes near Portland?

A. In less than 30 minutes from downtown Portland (sans rushhour), there are dozens of hikes available. The Columbia River Gorge on both the Oregon and Washington side has 100s of trails. From Portland west there are 100s of trails in the Coastal Range Mountains, and from Portland south in the Willamette Valley, 100s more trails dot the landscape. We highly suggest picking up a local hiking book; we love this one 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon.

Q. Does Oregon have any professional sports team?

A. Yes, Oregon is home to the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), Timbers (MLS) and the Portland Thorns. The Blazers play at the MODA Center, and the Timbers and Thorns play at Providence Park. There is a big push for an MLBexpansion team by a group called the Portland Diamond Project (PDP). This group is headed up by Russel Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks.

Q. What are the most popular college sports teams?

A. The Oregon Ducks are from the University of Oregon located in Eugene and, the Oregon State Beavers are in Corvallis. These two schools have football, basketball, and baseball programs. In addition to the Ducks and Beavers, there is the University of Portland Pilots, who have won several NCAA soccer championships- Go Lady Pilots and, Portland State is home to the mighty Vikings.

Q. Where should I vacation on the Oregon coast?

A. Yachats, Manzanita, Astoria, Cape Lookout State Park, Depoe Bay, Cannon Beach, Newport, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. These are just a few places to get started.

Q. When should I visit the Oregon coast?

A. It can be quite cool here in the summer and is often foggy or rainy throughout the year. In fact, when the Willamette Valley is at its hottest, in July and August, you can be sure that the coast will be fogged in. The best month for the coast is usually September, with good weather often holding on into October.

Q. Can you swim in the Oregon coast?

A. While there is no real official stand on this by Oregon tourism or state authorities, the general answer is: yes, you can swim in the Oregon coast's Pacific Ocean. Sort of. However, that does not mean you should - just because you can. ... The ocean on this coast is always freezing cold: always about 55 degrees or so.

Q. How far is Portland Oregon from the coast?

A. Situated on the North Oregon Coast just over 80 miles west of Portland, Cannon Beach is one of the true jewels of the Pacific Northwest.

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