Willamette Valley is a region of the U.S. state of Oregon. Centered around the Willamette River, and home to the state's three largest cities and much of the state's agriculture industry and the Oregon Wine Country. This area of the Pacific Northwest was one of the first Western areas to be settled, thanks to the Oregon trail that ended in Oregon City near Portland.
Albany - Home of World Timber Carnival.
Corvallis - In the Willamette Valley, the home of Oregon State University.
Creswell - Home to Foster Farms and Luke Jackson of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Eugene - At the southern end of the valley, the home of the University of Oregon.
McMinnville - This is another city that has a high concentration of wineries in the area.
Portland - At the northern end of the valley, where the Willamette and Columbia rivers meet.
Salem - State Capital of Oregon, located south of Portland.
Interstate 5 runs the length of the Willamette Valley from south of
Eugene to Portland. The valley is also located along US 99, including both US 99W and US 99E.
Eugene is a two hour drive south from Portland, and approximately a 5 hour drive south from Seattle. The Bay Area is a nine hour drive south.
McKenzie River corridor (fly fishing, rafting)
Hendricks Park Rhododendron Garden
Mt. Pisgah Arboretum
Bike paths along the
Bend in Central Oregon. Mt. Bachelor is located near here. Good location for hiking, biking and fishing.