The Willamette Valley may be most well known for its amazing wine and over 200 vineyards but there is much more to this and other viticultural areas around the country. From covered bridges to waterfalls, national parks to amazing restaurants and great shopping, take a closer at the Willamette Valley, a top destination for travel explored with Island Trader Vacations.
Most populated region in Oregon, the Willamette Valley is surrounded by mountains and is a rich and fertile river valley. Home to many of the state’s most populous cities including Portland, Salem and Eugene, the valley was destined for greatness as far back as the 1800’s. Advertised as the “promised land”, the valley quickly grew in the 1800’s when the trails opened into the valley. Known for cool wet winters and warm dry summers, the high season for travel is in summer however the areas comfortable spring and fall conditions highlighted by ample outdoor activities make these seasons popular as well.
What to see and do depends on what you enjoy however, the opportunities are quite diverse and include historic sites and museums, shopping and fine dining opportunities, winery tours and tasting, state parks, natural areas, state recreational areas, scenic drives, hikes and more.
Silver Falls State Park represents one of the most popular natural attractions in the region. A temperate rainforest located at the lower elevations of the Cascade Mountains, this park is the location of the Canyon Trail which has gained national fame as the Trail of Ten Falls, winding its way past 10 different waterfalls.
Sokol Blosser is just one of over 200 wineries in the region. Founded in 1971, this is one of the pioneering wineries in the region and maintains a sense of good earth practices still using organic farming.
While most think of covered bridges often in the East, we often neglect the many amazing bridges in the west including the Willamette Valley region. Built by the early pioneers, many of these bridges are well around 100 years old and still stand today.
Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill is just one of many museums and historic sites found in the region. This center offers visitors a closer look at the history of the region.
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