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About Medford

Surrounded by picturesque green mountains, aromatic pear and wine orchards and the easygoing rhythm of the United States’ west coast, Medford is a city of beautiful landscapes and delicious indulgence. With over 78,000 residents, it is one of the largest cities in the state of Oregon. Attractions include Alba Park, Roxy Ann Peak and the BricktownE Brewing Company.

With cheap flights to Medford you have a chance to experience this scintillating quilt of colours and flavours. Medford is home to Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR), which is 10-minute drive from the centre of the city. The airport serves a multitude of airlines, including American Airlines, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Popular international flights to Medford depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Medford is approximately 25 hours.

Why visit Medford

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Pears

Medford is celebrated for its succulent pears. Head to Harry & David for a factory tour or visit in April to experience the sweet-scented revelry of the Pear Blossom Festival.

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Wine

Green vineyards laden with plump grapes produce sensational wines that have made Medford famous. The city is home to a number of wine cellars offering everything from Merlot to Chardonnay.

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Golf

Head out to one of the world-class golf estates for an invigorating game of golf. Some of the best courses include Bear Creek Golf Course and Centennial Golf Club.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency US Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.08 USD
Language English
Hub Airport Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR)
Airline American Airlines / Delta Air Lines
Time Zone GMT-8
Travel Adaptor Type A & B

Best time to visit Medford

Medford experiences a warm and temperate climate, with hot summers and cold winters. Temperatures range from 31 degrees Celsius in summer to -1 degrees Celsius in winter. The best time to visit Medford is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The city unfolds in a brilliant tapestry of colour during spring and autumn and the warm weather offers perfect conditions for outdoor activities. Notable events include the Pear Blossom Festival (April) and Medford Beer Week (June). For cheap flights to Medford, the best time to visit is during spring and autumn.

Weather & Climate in Medford

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -1°C 0°C 1°C 3°C 6°C 9°C 11°C 10°C 7°C 3°C 1°C -1°C
High °C 8°C 12°C 14°C 18°C 22°C 27°C 31°C 31°C 27°C 19°C 11°C -7°C
Rainfall (mm) 70 59 57 41 36 20 13 14 24 38 81 83

Overview

Medford is an easygoing city in the picturesque Rogue Valley in Oregon. It is a city brimming with beautiful landscapes, electric culture and some of the best pears and wine on the west coast.

It is a city that eases you in with its carefree rhythm and then seduces you with tantalising delicacies that taste of paradise and sweet childhood memories.

Spend your afternoon hiking up Roxy Ann Peak and Prescott Park, or exploring TouVelle State Recreation Site and the many parks that unfold like spring blossoms throughout the city.

The Rogue River skirts along the northwestern boundary of Medford, offering up excellent boating, kayaking, fishing and river rafting. The surrounding banks also offer beautiful picnic spots.

Foodies will find themselves enchanted by the many wineries, creameries and restaurants. Head to Harry & David for a fascinating pear factory tour or visit one of the wine cellars for tours and tastings.

Medford welcomes you with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon and basket of plump rosy cheeked pears.

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Visa & Customs

South African passport holders do require a visa to travel to North America. You will also need to ensure your passport has a validity of at least six months and three blank pages available for entry stamps. Processing can also be a lengthy process, so it is advisable to leave considerable time for this.

Visas can be organised via the US Consulate General in Cape Town, Durban, or Johannesburg.

Cape Town - 2 Reddam Ave, Steenberg, 7945. Phone: (+27) 021 702 7300 Durban - 303 Dr Pixley Kaseme St, Durban Central, 4001. Phone: (+27) 031 305 7600 Johannesburg - 1 Sandton Dr, Sandhurst, 2146. Phone: (+27) 011 290 3000

Health & Safety

Although Medford is considered a relatively safe city, it is still a sprawling metropolis so crime does happen. You should use common sense and remain vigilant as you would in any other unfamiliar city. Travel insurance to cover theft and medical expenses is recommended.

Avoid carrying large sums of cash, valuables and important documents, as pick-pocketing can happen. Wandering around alone at night is not recommended. Make use of reputable taxi services when travelling around at night.

Proof of vaccination is required if you are travelling from an area infected with Yellow Fever. Immunisation against hepatitis B and rabies is recommended. Other routine and recommended vaccinations include MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella and polio.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG MEDFORD
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 154.04
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 39.33
Cappuccino (regular) R 23.21 R 22.73 R 52.44
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 23.42
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 40.00 R 40.00 R 79.31
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