Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Garden Villa Inn
You'll find no shortage of outdoor offerings near Roseburg, a centrally located Oregon town that's between the Pacific Ocean and inland mountains. With the Pacific Coast 100 miles to the east and Crater Lake National Park about 100 miles to the west, the Best Western Garden Villa Inn makes an ideal home base for exploring this rugged swath of the Pacific Northwest.
- Daily hot breakfast of waffles, yogurt, cereal, breakfast pastries, fresh fruits, Arabica coffee, and juice
- Fresh-from-the-oven cookies are yours for the munching, each evening from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.; flavors include chocolate chip, sugar, oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter.
- Take a dip: in the onsite pool or hot tub.
- Outdoor recreation: Head to the nearby Umpqua River for boating, fishing, and swimming.
- Recommended attraction: Wildlife Safari, a drive-through sanctuary for endangered animals that houses grizzly bears, cheetahs, elephants, lions, and more (about 10 miles south of the hotel).
Roseburg, Oregon: Close to Beach Towns and Crater Lake National Park
Outdoor recreation is one of the top reason visitors head to Roseburg, a decent-sized town about an hour south of Eugene. Due east is the Umpqua National Forest, which makes for a scenic introduction to the Cascades. Camping, hiking, and fishing in the Umpqua River are popular in the park's summer months, but the winter also draws visitors looking to snowmobile or snowshoe around the forest's Diamond Lake.
One of the country's most geologically diverse areas is in Roseburg's backyard: Crater Lake National Park, America's fifth-oldest national park. Situated at 6,000-plus feet above sea level, the lake is cradled in a hollowed-out caldera that's left over from a volcanic explosion. Some of the park's other notable features include old-growth forests and the Pinnacles, a series of spire-like rock formations. The Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile hiking path that hugs the west coast from Canada to Mexico, also wends through the park.
A 90-mile drive east from Roseburg takes you to funky coastal towns such as Bandon and Coos Bay. Here you can surf, stroll the beach, or simply relax in front of a Pacific coast sunset.