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Klamath Falls was the first place I ever visited in Oregon. At 5 a.m. one New Year's Day, my friend and I tumbled off the Amtrak train from San Francisco and made our way to a cheap downtown motel. We'd planned the trip using a map of the U.S. the size of a placemat, so we thought we were situated a sturdy hike, or perhaps a cheap cab ride, away from Crater Lake National Park. But Crater Lake is about an hour to the north (K Falls makes an excellent base if you have a car), so we spent that trip exploring K Falls' limited downtown attractions.

If you're exploring the town, be sure to visit the Favell Museum, a fascinating ...

Klamath Falls was the first place I ever visited in Oregon. At 5 a.m. one New Year's Day, my friend and I tumbled off the Amtrak train from San Francisco and made our way to a cheap downtown motel. We'd planned the trip using a map of the U.S. the size of a placemat, so we thought we were situated a sturdy hike, or perhaps a cheap cab ride, away from Crater Lake National Park. But Crater Lake is about an hour to the north (K Falls makes an excellent base if you have a car), so we spent that trip exploring K Falls' limited downtown attractions.

If you're exploring the town, be sure to visit the Favell Museum, a fascinating mix of Native American artifacts, contemporary Western art (think lots of bronzes), and miniature firearms. But the real attraction here is the outdoors: the huge lakes and wetlands of the Klamath Basin have some of the West's best birdwatching opportunities and a ranger-led snowshoe or ski tour at Crater Lake (snowed in much of the year) is a great way to really see a tiny slice of the park.

Judy Jewell
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Judy Jewell and W.C. McRae are frequent collaborators: together they have written Moon Handbooks to Montana, Utah, and Zion-Bryce and updated the Moon Handbooks to Oregon and Coastal Oregon. Judy wrote the Compass American Guide to Oregon.

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    Mid February is a harsh time to visit, but it's when the Winter Wings Festival draws birders to town. Get up early to see eagles fly from their roosts. Otherwise, anytime during summer is beautiful.