The Best Things to Do in Ashland
Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free
day by day itinerary for free
Popular things to do in Ashland
Ashland is a city in Jackson County, in the State of Oregon. It lies along Interstate 5 approximately 16mi north of the California border and near the south end of the Rogue Valley. As of 2015, the city's population was approaching 21,000.The city is the home of Southern Oregon University (SOU) and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). These are important to Ashland's economy, which also depends on restaurants, galleries, and retail stores that cater to tourists. Lithia Park along Ashland Creek, historic buildings, and a paved intercity bike trail provide additional visitor attractions.Ashland, originally called Ashland Mills, was named after Ashland County, Ohio, the original home of founder Abel Helman, and secondarily for Ashland, Kentucky, where other founders had family connections. Ashland has a mayor-council government assisted by citizen committees. Historically, its liberal politics have differed, often sharply, with much of the rest of southwest Oregon.HistoryPrior to the arrival of white settlers in mid-19th century, the Shasta people lived in the valley along Ashland Creek approximately where today's city is located. Early Hudson's Bay Company hunters and trappers following the Siskiyou Trail passed through the site in the 1820s. In the late 1840s, mainly American settlers following the Applegate Trail began passing through the area. By the early 1850s, the Donation Land Act brought many to the Rogue Valley and into conflict with its native people. These often violent clashes, known ultimately as the Rogue River Wars, continued until 1856. To arrange what you want to do in Ashland, use our United States trip itinerary builder website.
Side trips from Ashland
Hidden gems in Ashland
Wineries in Ashland
Plan your trip to Ashland
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Places to visit with Ashland
Portland Trip planner BEST FOR: Garden, Gift & Specialty Shop, Zoo Cannon Beach Trip planner BEST FOR: Geologic Formation, State Park, Beach Yachats Trip planner BEST FOR: Scenic Drive, Pier / Boardwalk, Geologic Formation Astoria Trip planner BEST FOR: Monument, Specialty Museum, National Park Newport Trip planner BEST FOR: Aquarium, Beach, Wildlife Area
Recently planned trips to Ashland
31 days in Oregon & Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 7 days in Oregon BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 2 days in Ashland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 9 days in Oregon BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 1 day in Ashland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 28 days in Oregon BY A USER FROM CANADA October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium