Welcome to: Oregon
Long before Oregon became a coastal destination for reputable farm-to-table restaurants and artisanal coffee shops, it was inhabited by a number of Native American tribes. Nez Perce, Umatilla, and Cayuse tribes resided east of the Cascade Mountains. The Chinook lived by the western side of the Columbia River. Clackama, Multnomah, and Tillamook tribes settled in the northwest. The nomadic Modoc and Klamath tribes moved as they saw fit.
Spanish explorers were the first Europeans to arrive in the 1540s. In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson sent explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on an expedition to investigate the land. The success of their expedition led an influx of settlers to travel over the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail. In 1859, Oregon was officially admitted to the union as the 33rd state.
NIcknamed the Beaver State for its history of fur trapping, Oregon is also rich in agricultural crops. Wheat, potatoes, pears, and wine grapes grow well in Oregonian soil, and it’s the United States’ leading producer of Christmas trees and hazelnuts. No wonder Oregon’s food scene is thriving and growing – Portland is teeming with food trucks and James Beard Award-winning restaurants.
If nature is more your speed, there’s plenty of that to soak in too. Crater Lake National Park features the largest lake in American, Mood Hood offers spectacular volcanic beauty and at the John Day Fossil Beds you can peek into plant and animal evolution from over that past 40 million years or so.