15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Oregon

Right in the heart of the United States’ Pacific Northwest, Oregon has it all: mountains and a gorgeous Pacific Ocean coastline, coupled with sophistication and culture in Portland and charming, relaxed town life in the colorful and friendly towns that dot the coast and interior. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts and foodies alike, Oregon never ceases to impress with its arts scene, nature or microbrewery industry. Get off the highway and explore the small town charm entirely unique to this part of the country.

Lets explore the best towns to visit in Oregon:

1. Ashland, Oregon

Ashland, Oregon

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Ashland, Oregon

Ashland is a picturesque town in the Rogue Valley (what a great name!) right across from the California border. Originally inhabited by the Shasta people, Hudson Bay Company trappers discovered it when passing through via the Siskiyou Trail. Later, the Rogue Valley was settled thanks to the Donation Land Act. Ashland survives the Rogue River Wars clashes between settlers and the Native Americans, and thrives today as a relaxed artsy community.

Make some time to experience town life and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Rogue Valley. While here, browse the many galleries and shops that Ashland is so famous for, such as Gathering Glass Studio or Illahe Studios and Gallery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is also hosted in town and is a very popular local festival.  Pamper yourself at the Blue Giraffe Spa or enjoy a tasting at the Grizzly Peak Winery. Ashland Creek Inn is nearby and is a perfect place to spend a few nights and relax while staying in Ashland.

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15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Oregon:

Ashland, Oregon