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Visiting East of the Cascades

Oregon’s Interstate 5 links cities from Portland south to Ashland. It's safe to say, if you are traveling through Oregon, Interstate 5 is on the route. Bisecting Oregon, west of the Cascades, the 312 miles of Interstate 5 take less than 5-hours to travel, and is the quickest north to south route through Oregon. Quick, however is not how you want to visit the Beaver State. Oregon’s largest cities – Portland, Eugene and Salem lie along Interstate 5 along with charming towns like Ashland and Roseburg. Stop and enjoy the best of Oregon, as you travel along the Interstate 5 corridor.

Fall along the Interstate means heavy traffic on game days in and out of Corvallis and Eugene. The Oregon State University Beavers football team fills the stands in Corvallis at Reser Stadium, while men’s and women’s basketball heat up the court at Legenday Gill Coliseum well into 2012. Less than an hour south in Eugene, the University of Oregon and its Duck athletics, host football at Autzen Stadium while soccer fans hit the stands at Papè Field. With winter comes the excitement of men’s and women’s basketball at Matt Arena.

Speaking of Oregon sports, the Portland Trailblazers keep fans entertained through winter and into spring. Fans flock to the Rose Garden Arena just of I-5 in downtown Portland. The arena is located less than 12-miles from Portland International Airport making it convenient for serious fans. Catch the Blazers against Phoenix, LA and New York in December around the Christmas Holiday, but don’t miss a game before the season ends against the Utah Jazz mid-April.

Portland’s Saturday Market is a must see for visitors to the city. One of the nation's longest running outdoor arts and crafts markets, the Saturday Market actually runs on weekends, both Saturday and Sunday. Located at North Waterfront Park and Ankeny Plaza in Old Town Portland, this is the place to find greater Portland’s most unique handcrafted products. The historic market has been operating in Portland since 1974 and is bigger than ever.

To ease holiday shopping stress, the Portland Saturday Market and Pioneer Courthouse Square host the Holiday Artisan Market at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Thursday through Sunday, December 8th through the 11th. In addition for the procrastinators, the Festival of the Last Minute will be held December 17th through Christmas Eve. This means the Saturday Market is on for the full week – there is no excuse for anyone on your gift list to go without.

Salem, just about an hour south of Portland in the mid-Willamette Valley, is Oregon’s state capital. Salem offers visitors a delightful mix of urban excitement and incredible outdoor recreation. Following in Portland’s footsteps, the Salem Saturday Market hosts the Holiday Market December 10th and 11th at the Americraft Building at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Along with over 200 local vendors featuring handcrafted goods, the Holiday Market includes live entertainment and loads of fun. Don’t miss this if you’re in Salem, especially if your gift list is long.

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