Oregon is interesting in that its Cascade Mountains divide the state into a well-watered west side and arid east side. The climate is temperate, and the land ranges from desert to rain forest.
Oregon’s stunning coast and mountain scenery are its main tourist and retirement attractions; outdoor recreation is more than plentiful. Bustling Portland offers indoor diversions such as art museums and fine restaurants. Oregon is known for sport-fishing and sees thousands of anglers enjoying its many rivers and lakes every year. The state was the end point of Lewis and Clark’s journey in 1805, and in the1840s it was the endpoint of the Oregon Trail. In 1859 Oregon became the 33rd state.