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Medford, OR, USA

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Medford is the gateway to south Oregon

Sat on the main highway as it wiggles through the peaks and the redwood forests northwards towards Eugene and Portland, Medford makes a pleasant stopover for travelers looking to unravel the more off-the-beaten-track corners of the West Coast. A homey town of American diners and western saloons, it was first founded by the railroad tycoons of the 1800s. These days, it spreads its tendrils out into the forest-clad hills nearby, offering charming highland cabins above the Rogue Valley, and homey Medford vacation rentals next to the leafy city parks.

Get out and about in Medford

Medford offers you the unique chance to escape into the pretty reaches of south Oregon. Nestled in the heart of the Roque Valley, it's got parks packed with rumbling mountain biking routes and unrivaled access to the famous Oregon Trail. Miniature railroad rides provide those traveling with kids in tow an alternative way of seeing the pine-studded hinterland, while the region's vineyards and chart-topping Shakespeare festival in February mean there's something for the more refined globetrotter.

Delve into woods and mountains around Medford

Ask any hiker or biker and they'll tell you that Medford's main draws are hidden in the rugged peaks and forests that encompass the town. Go west and you'll soon hit the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. This land of pine-scented redwood groves is crisscrossed by more walking trails than you can shake a Portland craft ale at. Go west and it's the snow-topped lava cone of Mount McLoughlin that hulks above the mountain lakes and forests. Go south for skiing on the slopes of Mount Ashland, or for the vineyards of the Cali-Oregon border.

Choose snow or sun in Medford

The wilds of southern Oregon have 2 top moments in the year. The first comes with the falling of the West Coast snow between December and March, which converts Medford vacation rentals close to the peaks of Mount Ashland into ski chalets with ski-in, ski-out access and charming winter character. The 2nd comes with the summer, between June and September, when the ice melts and the trails of Mount McLoughlin and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest come into their own.

Medford and the Roque Valley

Medford sits deep in the Roque Valley, which carves its way up through the Southern Oregon Coast Range and the mighty Cascade Range. Mountains of all shapes and sizes loom high above the town center, and it's possible to book Medford vacation rentals with doorstep access to iconic American long-distance walking routes like the Pacific Crest Trail and the Oregon Trail. Snow-doused slopes to the south are where the skiing is, while soaring ponderosa pines – some of the tallest in the world, in fact – pepper the forests to the east.