I-5 Runs north from California through Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass and up through Portland on to Seattle, WA.
Parallel to I-5 is the Coastal Highway 101, which provides breathtaking cliffside views of the Oregon Beaches as it takes you from Crescent City, CA through Brookings and Gold Beach to Coos Bay.
Oregon Route 140 travels E/W from Ashland through Klamath Falls, Lakeview, into the Southern Oregon desert through the cowboy towns of Adel, and Denio before dipping into the State of Nevada.
Rogue Valley International Airport has direct flights on multiple carriers to and from Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix, allowing direct or easy access from anywhere in the country or the world.
Most towns in the region also have their own municipal airports that allow small commercial and private aircraft.
The towns of Southern Oregon run the gamut from tiny remote homesteads (Adel, population 28) to quaint heritage towns (Jacksonville, population 2300) to windswept coastal communities (Brookings, population 6000), from small town USA (Grants Pass, population 26,000) to any-city USA (Medford, population 76,000). And all of our towns are film-friendly, with low to no-cost permits, affordable and comfortable accommodations for cast and crew, and most importantly, a variety of looks and locales in which to set a film. Desolate ghost town, woodsy cabin retreat, small artsy town, modern city – we’ve got it here in Southern Oregon.
State of Jefferson
In 1941, the residents of Southern Oregon and Northern California attempted to secede from their respective states and form a new state called Jefferson, taking its name from the country’s third president. The region’s unique character, resources, and unrealized potential in the political centers of Portland and Sacramento prompted the action. With a provisional capital in Yreka, California, an armed party blocked Highway 99 and passed out literature about their efforts, which were cut short in December by the death of a key organizer and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that drew the United States into World War II. Chronicling of the matter won San Francisco Chronicle journalist Stanton Hill Delaplane a Pulitzer Prize in 1942. While the protest was nearly 70 years ago, the concept of the region as its own state remains today, and the historical event has inspired the name of many organizations, bands, festivals, sporting events, and institutions. Jefferson Public Radio is the region’s NPR station, and Highway 96 is known as the State of Jefferson Scenic Byway. The secession effort is still active in dark basements and secret rooms, so don’t count out the nation’s 51st state as a fantasy just yet.