Oregon - November day in an Oregon vineyard (Photo Credit: iStockPhoto, Rachell Coe)
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Oregon's unique array of deciduous trees, including maple, Oregon ash, and cottonwood, create an intense palette of color that sweeps across the state each year. The season typically begins in September and lasts through October, and it's always wise to check with the fall foliage hotline at 800-547-5445 before booking.

Situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, Lane County is an ideal place to experience the excitement of the fall, while still being within an easy drive of many attractions. Great options for places to stay are either in the city setting of Eugene, where rooms start at about $55 per night, or in the smaller towns along the McKenzie River and other areas of the Willamette Valley.


To fully experience the magic of the season, you can drive along the popular Cottage Grove Covered Bridge Tour, hike the Trail of Ten Falls in Silver Falls State Park, drink wine in the Willamette Valley, or hop aboard the Mt. Hood Railroad up north during Autumn Fest (October 18 and 19). Plus, from October 1 through November 30, you can taste all the glory autumn has to offer at Oregon Bounty.

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