ASHLAND, Ore. – When you cross the Oregon border you will soon be greeted with a new rest area and welcome center in Ashland off I-5.
Travel Oregon and ODOT put on the rest area’s ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, June 7. While it’s not yet open to the public, it won’t be long before it’s a popular spot for travelers to take a break and learn about the state of Oregon.
“This is a great, an important gateway for Oregon’s tourism industry and we now have a center that’s going to extend the right and proper welcome to those visitors as they come up I-5,” Todd Davidson, from Travel Oregon, said.
The facility includes restrooms, picnic tables and an information hub for visitors. The northwest-inspired fire lookout facility has been in the works for more than 20 years and cost 12 million dollars.
Anna Weeks is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State University with a degree in Digital Communication Arts and a minor in writing. Previously, she interned with the National Association of Broadcasters at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Originally from the Portland area, Anna is excited to explore Southern Oregon. In her free time, she can be found reading, running or watching sports.