LASSO Local Attractions
Oregon in October
Weather in Oregon can be unpredictable in October. In the Corvallis area the average high temperatures this time of year are in the mid or high 60s with lows in the 40s. Days can still be quite dry and sunny, but they can also be marked by long periods of light rain and overcast skies. Locals usually layer clothing in order to be ready for just about anything, and outdoor events tend to go on as planned despite the occasional drizzle.
Take advantage of the group rates at the Hilton Garden Inn Corvallis before or after the conference and get to know Oregon!
Corvallis has a vibrant downtown area with historic buildings, shops, restaurants, and a pedestrian-friendly riverfront park. Corvallis Transit buses provide easy access to downtown from the OSU campus and the Hilton. If you have a car available, it's just a short drive to Marys Peak, the highest point in the Oregon Coast Range.
The scenic coastal town of Newport is located under an hour's drive from Corvallis. Newport is home to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and several spectacular state parks. Oregon law prohibits private ownership of coastal land, so the whole thing is there for you to explore.
Cascade Mountain Range
If mountains are more your speed, the Cascade Range lies just 30 miles east of Corvallis. If you can spare the time, the 1880's-styled town of Sisters (pop. 1,660) is worth the drive. Just another 30 miles or so beyond Sisters is the thriving central Oregon community of Bend, home of the new OSU Cascades Campus.
Photo credits in order of appearance: Erin Willett, Dolan Halbrook, "Marv" (Flickr mdnwec53), Eric Appel, A. Purviance, ebroskie1234 (Flickr), Mark Schindler. All photos released under a Creative Commons license. See Flickr originals for licensing details.