Day Trips from Ashland, Oregon

Day Trips from Ashland, Oregon

Ashland, Oregon offers many excellent options for day trips. Don’t get me wrong – the area itself offers an abudance of things to do, but sometimes its nice to venture off for a day and then make your way back to your Ashland OR bed and breakfast or hotel for a good night’s rest. If you feel like taking the drive, here are a few day trips from Ashland that are worth the day-long adventure.

Crater Lake

Beautiful Crater Lake National Park is about ninety minutes away from Ashland and offers an abundance of hiking and sightseeing opportunities. Crater Lake is located in the crater of the long-since-erupted Mount Mazama and is known for its pristine water and beautiful views. To get to Crater Lake, head east to Klamath Falls on Oregon Route 66 and then follow U.S. Route 97 north to Oregon 62. Follow Oregon 62 west to Crater Lake. To get home, stay on 62 west back to Interstate 5 in Medford; then follow I-5 south back to Ashland. This scenic loop can be done in about four hours of driving with the remainder of the day spent enjoying the National Park.

Bandon and the Oregon Coast

The world famous Oregon Coast is accessible from Ashland within one day’s drive. Bandon is probably the best city to visit for those that enjoy great beaches, fresh seafood and great outdoor opportunities. To get to Bandon, follow Interstate 5 north to Oregon Route 42 and take 42 west to 42S. Follow 42S west into Bandon. This drive takes a bit over three hours each way and provides great scenery along the way.

Redwoods National Park and the Oregon Caves

Another great day trip option heads to the beautiful redwood forests in Northern California. An ideal day in the Redwoods would involve taking Interstate 5 north to Grants Pass and following U.S. Route 199 south through the redwood forests to Crescent City, California. The drive each way should take a bit over two hours. On the way, stop at the Oregon Caves National Monument, a beautiful cave formation located in the southwest corner of Oregon. Stop in for a tour of the caves. Continue through the redwoods to Crescent City and enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on the water before heading back home the way you came. If you have time, stop to hike around the Redwoods State and National Parks.

Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta, one of California’s highest and most prominent peaks, is located a quick 1 hour and forty-five minute drive south of Ashland on Interstate 5. Mount Shasta features all sorts of hiking opportunities for adventurers of every age and skill level. Stop in the town of Mt Shasta for a delicious lunch on the way.