Situated on I-5, Medford lies 25 miles southeast of Grants Pass and 10 miles north of Ashland. It has numerous exciting facets for visitors to explore. Medford’s past is still evident in many of its well-maintained historical buildings. A Medford Historic Walking Tour pamphlet is available through the Medford Visitors and Convention Bureau (101 East 8th St.) Set next to Lithia Motors corporate headquarters and surrounded by new retail shops and restaurants, the recently developed Commons has become a sort of public square in the heart of downtown Medford. Teeming with activity, it is home to frequent festivals that invariably include a wide range of vendors and live entertainment.
The historic town of Jacksonville, situated amid the rolling foothills of Oregon’s Siskyou Mountains, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. Strolling down its streets, you may feel like you’ve just stepped out of a time machine. The town is so well preserved with saloons and historic buildings that you just might expect cowboys to come flying out of swinging saloon doors and a gunfight to erupt in the street. But don’t worry — the stately brick buildings are home to numerous shops and restaurants, and the streets are filled with wandering tourists, not drunken gunfighters.
Things To Do
- Fishing, hiking, skiing and rafting
- Restaurants, cafés and coffee shops
- Medford’s Kid Time! Discovery Museum
- Horse-drawn carriage and trolley rides in Jacksonville