You can stand on top of the Cascade Mountains to the east. You can stand on the beach of the Pacific Ocean to the west.
Douglas County features those extremes and plenty of diversity in between.
There are the North Umpqua River and Diamond Lake in the Douglas fir-covered mountains and Salmon Harbor and Winchester Bay on the coast.
In between are the hundred valleys of the Umpqua with a blend of grasses, oaks, madrones and firs.
In those valleys are 12 incorporated cities and several smaller communities. The biggest is Roseburg, the county seat, which is split by both Interstate 5 and the South Umpqua River.
To the south are Myrtle Creek, Tri City, Riddle, Canyonville, Days Creek and Glendale. Highlights in those areas include Galesville Reservoir, Seven Feathers Casino Resort and the South Umpqua River.
In north Douglas County, there are Winchester, Sutherlin, Oakland, Yoncalla and Drain. Points of interest include Umpqua Community College, Cooper Creek Reservoir and the Oakland Museum.
To the west are Winston, Camas Valley, Elkton and Reedsport. Wildlife Safari, Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, the Elkton Community Education Center and the Umpqua Discovery Center are featured attractions.
To the east is Glide, gateway to the Umpqua National Forest, Idleyld Park, Steamboat, forest trails and high Cascade lakes.
The county’s economy is as varied as its land, its wildlife and fish, with people working in everything from agriculture to manufacturing to timber. There is also a large retirement community.
For all of the county’s residents, there are professional and retail services.
People live here because they like the four seasons. There are no extended freezing periods nor major snowfalls to the west of the Cascades. And there are no extended summer days of 100-degree weather.
In between there are April showers that turn the countryside a lush green. The summer’s warmth usually continues through September.