Oregon’s peak tourist season lasts from May to the end of October, with the summer crowds peaking around July (those visiting during these times better make reservations well in advance). Oregon is a good time to visit all year, however, with plenty to do in any season. Spring sees the peak of Oregon’s fishing season, from late March to the end of April. November in the state of Oregon is primetime for wine lovers as the many vineyards begin their wine tasting.
State Abbreviation: OR
State Capital: Salem
Largest City: Portland
Area: 98,386 square miles (is the 9th biggest state in the USA)
Oregon Population: 3,594,586 (as of 2004)
Major Industries: timber, paper, farming mining, computer equipment, electronics
Oregon Rivers: Columbia River, Willamette River, John Day River, Snake River
Oregon Lakes: Upper Klamath Lake, Crater Lake
Highest Point: Mount Hood - 11,239 feet above sea level
Origin of the Name: Possibly from the French word Ouragan meaning Hurricane.
State Nickname: Beaver State
State Motto: "She Flies With Her Own Wings" and "The Union"