Hello and happy Veteran’s Day weekend! Fall foliage is starting to wind down all around the state, but we are still hard at work looking for the best places to see the foliage. Make sure to thank Veterans this weekend for their service, and look for Veteran’s Day events near you.
Eugene, Cascades & Coast
Lane County colors are starting to fade. Expect to get the best remaining colors at lower elevations.
Head up the McKenzie River and along the Aufderheide to catch a glimpse of the fading bigleaf maples before the snow level drops.
This is the last weekend of the Eugene Saturday Market at the downtown park blocks. Next week, the market moves indoors for the Holiday Market. Bundle up, get your coffee to go and celebrate with the artists, musicians, farmers, brewers and staff that made this year’s market such a huge success.
Take the kids out to Mt. Pisgah for the 5th annual Play in the Rain Day. The free event includes horses, hikes, tree climbing, crafts, seed planting and more.
The Oregon Coast is starting to turn past peak; however it is still very lovely. Travelers at the Oregon Coast this weekend should make sure to listen to lively music at the Yachats Celtic Music Festival or visit the Seaside Downtown Wine Walk.
Colors in the Willamette Valley have started to fade, with winds and rain stripping leaves out of trees. However, what remains is still vivid and lovely.
Highway 20 from Corvallis to Albany is gorgeous copper color at the moment, and a drive up to Mary’s Peak would be a great way to take in the last bit of fall scenery.
Line the streets Saturday to honor America’s heroes at the Albany Veteran’s Day Parade. Albany’s is one of the largest Veteran’s Day celebrations west of the Mississippi, attracting more than 30,000 people every year. The parade starts at 11 a.m. and winds through Albany’s Historic District.
The Willamette Master Chorus will be performing “In Remembrance” this weekend. Visit them in Salem and listen to an amazing tribute to our veterans.
Mt. Hood / The Gorge
Mt. Hood is fairly past peak, but it is still gorgeous.
Meanwhile the Gorge is just starting to pass peak, so hurry out for photos. Locals recommend Portland Women’s Forum State Scenic Viewpoint for a view of the Gorge. Take Highway 84 East out of Portland, until you get to Exit 22 to Corbett. Drive down Corbett Hill Road until you reach Corbett, and then turn east on Highway 30.
In Central Oregon, most of the leaves are now on the ground. However, a trip to Drake Park will give you one last chance this fall to see some resilient trees that continue to shine. While at the park, take a seat on a park bench and write a little poem for the passing of fall.
Bend will be celebrating literature this weekend at Nature of Words. Participate in workshops or just sit back and listen to readings and lectures.
Eastern Oregon’s leafy trees are all but bare; however the tamaracks are still looking golden. You can find these trees in the forested areas surrounding the Grande Ronde Valley. If you would prefer to stay in a heated car, you can still see them from Highway 244, just look for the yellow spikes punctuating a dark green forest.
Travelers in Eastern Oregon should check out the Tamástslikt Cutlural Institute, which has just opened a new exhibit called “Native Kids Ride Bikes.” If a musical sounds like your thing, catch Forever Plaid at the Elgin Opera House in La Grande.
Colors are just a little past peak in Southern Oregon. Klamath Falls locals appreciate the fall colors of the Linksville Cemetery, while Roseburg residents love their town’s vibrant street trees, especially when they are contrasting the more subtle native oaks.
Southern Oregon will be taking a moment in honor of our veterans this weekend at A Salute to Our Heroes, and visitors and locals are more than welcome to join them. If you are in Roseburg, check out the Comedy Uncaged at Wildlife Safari.