Sustainability is a number one priority for Oregonians. And though we live in a pretty fantastic state and want to show it off—world-renowned wines, incredible cuisine, breathtaking vistas, unparalleled mountain sports, beaches, forests, high desert—we strive to keep it intact for generations to come. As part of this effort, Travel Oregon joined forces with National Geographic and Washington State Tourism to create a map detailing the history and heritage that makes this Central Cascade region so unique. It’s called Geotourism and it enables explorers like us to experience new environments, cultures, natural habitats, without impact, leaving them in their natural state and unspoiled for future visitors.

The Central Cascade Geotourism Project tells the story of more than 1,100 important and authentic places throughout Oregon and Washington:

Stop for homemade huckleberry pie at Beckie’s Café in Southern Oregon. The 1920s building sits along the banks of Union Creek and has been a hidden destination for decades.

Hike High Rock, in the Mt. Hood region. It’s the second-highest point between Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson and views both north and south present various mountain peaks. Come for the flowers in summer, the berries in fall, and the view whenever the land sheds its winter coat of snow.

Catch a majestic golden eagle in flight at Odell Lake in the Willamette Valley. Relax at the lake’s rustic lodge; you may spot one or more bald eagles (there have been reports of as many as seven at once) soaring from treetop to treetop.

There are hundreds more adventures like these, where authentic Oregon comes alive through the communities, natural habitats and the people that have shaped them. Discover your next adventure with the Central Cascades Geotourism project!

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