DescriptionA stopping place on the California stage route, Grants Pass was named when settlers building the main road through town heard of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's capture of Vicksburg in 1863. The town now is a central point in the Rogue River region and the departure point for many downriver raft trips. Numerous riverside parks offer boating, camping, fishing and swimming.
A particularly scenic stretch of I-5 begins at the junction with US 199 in Grants Pass, running 60 miles southeast to the California line. Hellgate Canyon, northwest of the city, marks the Rogue River's entrance into the Coast ranges. Guides can be hired for various trips along the Rogue River to Gold Beach.
Visitor InfoGrants Pass Tourism 198 S.W. 6th St. GRANTS PASS, OR 97526. Phone:(541)476-7574
ShoppingThe historic downtown district features antique shops and art galleries. Shoppers can watch artisans shape molten glass into vases, bowls and paperweights at The Glass Forge Gallery and Studio at 3rd and G streets.
The Grower's Saturday Market, at 4th and F streets on the Southern Oregon lot, is an open-air agricultural market. Features include seasonal fruits and vegetables, a nursery and baked goods as well as musicians, artisans and craftspeople. In winter, the market moves to the Josephine County Fairgrounds. Grower's Saturday Market is open 9-1. For information phone (541) 816-1144.
Things to SeeGrants Pass Museum of Art