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Oregon’s Rugged Country

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Oregon's Rugged Country

Oregon’s Rugged Country celebrates agriculture, outdoor adventure and a rich history. Follow a food trail to see fertile farms that produce everything from wheat to watermelons. The Rocks District AVA grows some of the best grapes in the Northwest, and hops for craft brews and grains for spirits also spring from this soil. In Pendleton, a rich Native American heritage meets cowboy and ranching culture, and wool and whiskey have grown to commended brands. Did we mention a nationally acclaimed rodeo? Umatilla National Forest is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. Miles of rolling hills call for cyclists and riverfront adventure along the Columbia River.

 

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Road Trip Through Ranching Communities on the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway

The rolling plains of southern Rugged Country deliver fascinating history, a sparkling reservoir, cycling, camping and a wee touch of Irish culture to boot. Heppner sits 50 miles south of the Columbia River in the rolling hills of Rugged Country. Nearly destroyed by a flood in […]

Road Trip from Pendleton to the Blue Mountains

A historic rodeo, a cultural center devoted to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, a famous whisky, and one of the newest viticultural areas in the United States round out this road trip Pendleton epitomizes the wild west, with an authentic western frontier downtown and […]

Road Trip through Rich Agricultural Land

Journey from the banks of the Columbia River to the rich agricultural land of the Umatilla River basin on this tour, which takes in scenery galore and plenty of local tastes and sips from wine to watermelons. Boardman sits on the mighty Columbia River, home to […]