Crater Lake Resort glamp tent near Crater Lake National Park

Road Trip to Remember

Your next road trip shouldn’t even be a question. It’s got to be Southern Oregon. Hike the natural landmark of Table Rocks, paddle in the serenity of the Cascades, see the best urban parks and greatest waterfalls, go glamping near Crater Lake National Park, and enjoy bucolic food + wine trails. Here’s an itinerary from our recent adventure to help you map out your very own Southern Oregon vacation.

Week: 07.12.2023
Regions: Northern & Southern CA

Zen & the Art of Kayaking

Kayak Near Klamath Falls and Stay at Crater Lake Resort

Two kayakers on Upper Klamath Basin on tour with Sky Lakes Wilderness Adventures
Glamp tent at Crater Lake Resort near Klamath Falls Southern Oregon
Kayakers on the Bird Watching Tour at Upper Klamath Basin with Sky Lakes Wilderness Adventures
It’s the most meditative and relaxing experience you’ll ever have on a kayak. Yes, you read that right, a Zen experience on a kayak. It all happens in beautiful Klamath County when you head out on a guided tour with Sky Lakes Wilderness Adventures.
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Basecamp to Hiking Beauty

Hike Table Rocks and Roxy Ann Peak in Medford

Hikers at Prescott Park in Medford
Hiker at Upper Table Rock near Medford
Hikers on the plateau of Upper Table Rock in Medford
Located in the beautiful Rogue Valley, Medford is a road-trip basecamp for some stellar hiking and sightseeing, including a must-visit natural landmark, The Table Rocks.
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Valley of Earthiness, River of Rogue Dreams

Wine and Food Along the Applegate Trail in Grants Pass Oregon

Outdoor photo of Pennington Farms in Grants Pass Southern Oregon
A photo of a jam jar from Pennington Farms on the Rogue Valley Food Trail in Southern Oregon
Troon Vineyards in Southern Oregon
Enchanted Forest Trailhead in Grants Pass Southern Oregon
Driving from Medford to Grants Pass—and passing through the historic town of Jacksonville— get ready for farm charms and pure pastoral beauty along the quiet roads of Applegate Valley, where the Rogue Valley Food Trail and forward-thinking, sustainable wineries await.
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Coming Up, Roseburg!

Explore Roseburg Wineries and Downtown

woman standing at a colorful butterfly mural amid the mural art project in Roseburg
A group of friends sitting around a table overlooking the vineyard at Melrose Vineyard near Roseburg Southern Oregon
A man and woman enjoy a game of ladder toss on the grounds of Abacela Winery near Roseburg
Make your way to Roseburg in Southern Oregon, where downtown’s food scene and vibrant mural walk await. Follow it up with some wine tasting in Roseburg’s Great Umpqua region.
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Watson in a Name? A lot, Sherlock!

Hike to Watson Falls in Southern Oregon

Watson Falls in Southern Oregon along the Highway of Waterfalls
Two people at the overlook and watching Watson Falls in Southern Oregon
A hiker crosses a bride enroute to Watson Falls in Southern Oregon
Up close picture of Watson Falls in Southern Oregon
The #1 rule of the unofficial waterfall club? You cannot take a road trip through Southern Oregon and skip the Highway of Waterfalls. This stretch of Highway 138 east of Roseburg along the Umpqua River is a watery marvel that’s lovely year-round.
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  1. Photo of the East Brother Light Station in the San Francisco Bay Area

    Oh, Brother!

    Spending the night on a tiny island in the Bay? Intriguing. Spending the night in a lighthouse perched on that island? Sound the foghorn! East Brother Light Station Bed & Breakfast sits on a small patch of land in the strait that separates San Francisco and San Pablo Bays.

  2. Mill About Lakeside

    Bucks Lake Recreation Area near Quincy in Plumas County has plenty of beautiful hiking trails. For an easy hike with beautiful spots for sunning, swimming, and lounging on sand beaches or giant rock slabs, do the Mill Creek Trail.

  3. Camping at Chewing Gum Lake Emigrant Wilderness

    High Sierra Lake Hop

    Situated just north of Yosemite is a High Sierra wonderland that gets a fraction of the crowds and is a fantastic destination for backpacking. The Emigrant Wilderness is 113,000 acres of granite ridges, wildflower-strewn meadows, and cobalt lakes.

  4. The Secret Big Blue

    Set at 4,500 feet, surrounded by 52 miles of shoreline, and with sparkling sapphire hue, Lake Almanor is the other big blue. The secret one. This huge lake—idyllic in spring through fall for all kinds of water adventures—is a gem of Plumas County where you can relax without crowds.


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  1. Hot As (Bumpass) Hell

    So you like going to all the hot spots when you visit places? Well, in Lassen Volcanic National Park there’s a place so hot it gets downright steamy. Bumpass Hell is the largest hydrothermal area in the park, with sputtering mud pots, sulfur vents, and boiling pools. It’s California’s Yellowstone.

  2. Bucks Up!

    Come on in, the water is beautiful. Whether you like swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddling, or heading out on a bigger boat, Bucks Lake is a high mountain haven that’s easy to access, blissfully uncrowded, and surrounded by sandy beaches, picnic areas, pines, and aspens.

  3. Starcrossed Stairway?

    Built into the hillside next to the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Heights delights with historic homes, steep and narrow (mostly carless) streets, and enchanting city views. Best of all, it features a network of walkways and staircases that makes it super fun to wander and explore.

  4. Lunch at the Lakes

    Pack your own picnic and head for a lakeside lunch at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Then take your pick from a lovely trio of lakes accessed from the same trailhead. Follow it all up with a visit to Manzanita Lake on the other side of the park.