Rogue valley of Southern Oregon houses the beautiful Grants Pass, which is filled with amazing outdoor experiences to enjoy while dining on the local food and wines during the breaks.
Many outdoor activities include rogue river rafting on the rogue river. Interesting to note that, a stretch of the rogue river that flows close to the Grants Pass has be officially designated a National Wild and Scenic river. It is a fun sport which many of the tourists enjoy while on their trip to Grants Pass.
The Rogue river provides a lot of water related outdoor activities to indulge in. The major one being rafting, many other options are wildlife viewing, float trips and fly-fishing sessions. There are jetboat rides on the white water, which along with the ride also provide a nice wildlife viewing experience. The experience is bundled in a package that provides brunch and refreshments.
Tourists who are not very keen in water activities can also have fun here. One of the other locations to visit is the Oregon Caves National Monument. This is an ancient cave system which is located around 90 minutes from Grants Pass. These caves are a part of a huge park, which also provides hiking and wildlife watching experiences. There is also a spot for viewing Siskiyou Mountains.
The cave tour itself might take around 90 minutes. The tour needs to be reserved, and physically-fit people can participate in a guided tour inside.
There are various places where one can take a break from the concrete jungle in their homes and go on a day hike in Grants Pass. Two of the most famous ones are Cathedral Hills, and Rainie Falls Trail. Cathedral Hills is located around 10 minutes south of Grants Pass, and has an option for bikers and horseback riders along with a path for hiking. The Rainie falls is 45 minutes from Grants pass and provides hikers with a 3.6-mile trail along the rogue river.
There are also various public gatherings hosted by local community. They include special events and festivals that are spanned throughout the year. Some of the famous ones are Amazing May, Back to 50s and Art along the Rogue.
Amazing May is an event for the Native American Arts Festival, Spring Wine stroll and the Boatnik races for some pre-summer fun. Back to 50s, as the name suggests, is an event in July which spans a week and is dedicated to celebrate the culture of the 50s. Cars, music and costume all resonate the mid-20th century vibes with outdoor movies, food and more.
Art Along the Rogue is an event for art enthusiasts to participate either as a viewer or an artist to showcase their talent in street painting and chalk art. These artworks cover the streets of Grants Pass during the two-day event in October.
You can also try and search for ghosts in the abandoned mining town in Southern Oregon. This was a bustling city back in the 19th century, which is reduced to a ghost town after the mine was decommissioned. The remains of four of the buildings are preserved which include a church, a commercial building and a home. This will surely tingle the paranormal bone of some of the tourists.
The outdoor activities are not the only attractions for Grants Pass. There are multiple restaurants which serve delicious local food and many hotels which are a delight to stay in. There is a growing scene of winery and wine tasting in Grantspass and tourists should definitely drop by some of the vineyards to try wine tasting. These are open daily and therefore can be visited on any day regardless of your plan for the trip.
There are many things to do in Grants Pass, OR, which are not listed above, like disk golfing and zip lining. It is fun place to visit to relax and unwind during your off-time, and is worth spending a vacation at. Give GrantsPass a try, you will not be disappointed.