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Corvallis (Oregon)

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Corvallis [5] is in the state of Oregon in Benton County. By car, this town is about an hour and half south of Portland or almost an hour south of Salem, the capital of Oregon. The town was first known as Marysville, but was changed in 1857 to Corvallis ("heart of the valley" in Latin) . Nestled at the foothills of the Coast Mountain Range, Corvallis residents enjoy a multitude of mountain biking trails in their own backyard. As of 2006, Corvallis has a population of about 50,800.


People from around the world are drawn to Corvallis to attend Oregon State University. Corvallis has a history of excellence in regard to education; the Corvallis School District continually has some of the highest Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores in the nation. Corvallis has the highest education level and the second highest income level in the state. Corvallis is the birthplace of Hewlett-Packard's computer inkjet printing process. The computer mouse was invented by a graduate of Oregon State University. Corvallis also spawned Randy Couture, who is a member of the UFC Hall of Fame.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From Interstate 5 Corvallis is accessed by State Highway 34 (OR34) at exit 228B. Head west on OR34 about 10 mi /16km and you will cross a bridge which leads you into downtown Corvallis. You can also turn left at the last light before the bridge, indicated by a sign saying "Oregon Coast/Reser Stadium," then take the exit that says "Eugene/Junction City". It will take you into south Corvallis, avoiding narrow one-way streets.

By train[edit]

The nearest Amtrak station to Corvallis is in Albany at 110 SW 10th St (along Hwy 99E or Pacific Hwy) which is a 15min drive north by car.

Some shuttle bus services are available.

You can use Linn-Benton loop bus from downtown Corvallis to go to Albany. This service is not provided after 7PM on weekdays and on Sunday.

  • Amtrak Cascades trains run four times daily between Seattle and Portland and twice daily continuing from Portland to Eugene. The Amtrak Coast Starlight also has a once daily train stopping in Albany, OR on its way to Los Angeles in one direction and to Seattle in the other. The Coast Starlight share the same stops as the Cascades between Seattle and Eugene, except Tukwila, WA and Oregon City. From south of Eugene the Amtrak Coast Starlight also serves Chemult and Klamath Falls in Oregon on its way to/from California.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound, 153 NW 4th St (NW 4th St & Jackson), 541-757-1797 (toll free: 1-800-231-2222), [1]. Travels primarily on Interstate 5 (Portland, Woodburn, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, Roseburg, Grants Pass, Medford, Redding, Chico, Marysville, CA; & Sacramento) Passengers transfer buses in Portland, Sacramento, Seattle, or Medford to get to additional cities.  edit

In addition to Greyhound there are other choices:

  • Coast to Valley Express, (Corvallis bus transit Center at Nw 5th St & Monroe), [2]. goes north to the Albany Amtrak station in one direction and west to Newport in the other.  edit
  • Albany Transit System Linn Benton loop route, [3].  edit

Get around[edit]

  • Corvallis Transit System runs all over Corvallis, allowing for quick and efficient transportation pretty much anywhere. CTS [6]. Buses are available only on weekdays and Saturdays. NO Sunday service.
  • Car rentals are available from Hertz [7] and Enterprise [8], both on 9th.
  • Bike rentals under the community bike-sharing Pedal Corvallis [9] program facilitated by the Zagster app[10] are available at the various pedal stations including the Downtown Transit Centre and near the OSU Credit Union. Basic 3-day plan costs $5.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Benton County Courthouse (located on 4th St) This courthouse, in downtown Corvallis, was built in 1888 and is the oldest active courthouse in the state of Oregon.
  • Oregon State University (located between 14th and 30th and south of Monroe St) [11] Oregon State has a beautiful campus with many historic buildings, some of which are more than a century old. Check out the Memorial Union and the Dixon Recreation Center located in the middle of campus just off of 25th and Campus Way. The sports programs are also a great attraction and a good way to spend a day.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Biking and hiking [12]
  • Corvallis Riverwalk and enjoy a lovely walk along the Willamette River.
  • Darkside Theater Although Corvallis is a small community the residents support independent thought and movies.
  • DaVinci Days [13] Summer festival that has been growing by leaps and bounds every year. A festival focused on science. Includes a kinetic sculpture race through mud, water, and dry land. Also an independent film festival.
  • Fall Festival [14] This festival has been happening in Corvallis for years. Happens the first weekend after the university's fall term begins. Located in a park downtown includes crafts and music.
  • Movies The best places to go for run-of-the-mill blockbusters are the Carmike Cinemas [15] or the Regal Cinemas [16] on 9th St. If you bring your student ID you can get in to either location for $6. There is also the Dark Side Cinema [17] downtown, which offers more challenging fare in a small theater setting.
  • Oregon State Beavers [18] The sports teams of OSU, with seven men's sports and 10 women's sports to choose from. In particular, if you've never been to an American football game then attending a Beaver football game at Reser Stadium (on campus) might be fun. The game day atmosphere on campus is absolutely electric. Buying tickets in advance is advisable.
  • Saturday Market Head downtown to the riverfront on Saturdays for a local farmer's market that includes many organic options. Oregon berries are a can't miss treat.
  • Walk the OSU Campus[19]
  • The Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St, 541-738-7469, [4]. 12:00-5:00 Tues. - Fri.. Majestic Theatre Management is a non-profit company contracted to oversee operations, programs and fiscal health at The Majestic Theatre, a City owned community arts center in downtown Corvallis, OR. Our mission is to provide access, excellence and education to benefit the public and the greater arts community.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Burst's Chocolates[20] Burst's chocolates specializes in handmade, small-batch gourmet chocolates. Made in Oregon, they are a premium gift for any occasion.
  • OSU Student Store[21] Everything you need to be a Beaver fan along with a large selection of books.

Eat[edit][add listing]


  • Bento Oriental Express 1425 NW Monroe Ave # F on the corner of 14th and Monroe. Good, cheap Japanese bento. They do not take debit cards. They also serve authentic Chinese food.
  • La Roca Burritos. Fast and good.
  • Local Boyz Hawaiian Cafe Excellent Hawaiian food. Across the street from OSU campus on Monroe St.
  • Shogun Bowl 2461 NW Monroe Ave, ('across from the campus) Cheap Japanese food
  • Taco Uruapan Authentic Mexican.
  • Thai Chili Excellent Thai Restaurant. Right across the street from campus on Monroe St.
  • University Hero Sandwich shop makes fresh bread everyday (wheat or white).
  • Yogurt Extreme- A fun frozen yogurt shop next to Market of Choice


  • American Dream Pizza The most popular pizza establishment in town, this restaurant has two locations. In the evenings be prepared for long lines downtown. Order pizza by the slice or for the family. Chocolate chip cookies for only $.75, or 3 for $2.
  • Block 15 [22] Brew pub with high-quality bar food at 300 SW Jefferson (3rd & Jefferson).
  • Bomb's Away Cafe [23] A blend of Mexican and Cajun, this hip restaurant is a favorite among locals. Go to the BACRoom for a 4-table bar and privacy.
  • El Sol de Mexico [24] The best Mexican food in Corvallis. On Garfield and 9th St just north of Grant.
  • Evergreen A quaint Indian restaurant serving buffet in the afternoon for only $5.95.
  • Interzone 16th and Monroe. Small family-owned organic coffee shop that serves organic vegetarian and vegan food. Breakfast till 2PM with a larger menu on weekends. Great for people watching too.
  • McGrath's [25]Circle Blvd, south of 3rd/99W near K-Mart. Seafood.
  • Nearly Normals 14th and Monroe (on 14th). Corvallis is home to many vegetarians and this is the most popular vegetarian restaurant in town. Outdoor seating in the summer.
  • New Morning Bakery Great place for dessert and coffee with a great atmosphere. On 2nd St downtown.
  • Riverview Mongolian Grill. 1st St. Asian buffet
  • Squirrel's Tavern Awesome burgers, including a superlative vegetarian option in the Sun Burger, great fries. One of Corvallis's better pubs, with outdoor seating.


  • Big River Bar & Grill - 1st St. Trendy Italian and American food. Always crowded for dinner, so arrive early since they don't take reservations for smaller groups.
  • Iovinos - 1st St. Trendy restaurant serving high-end Italian cuisine. Moderately crowded, you generally will not need to wait for a table. For a huge meal at a discount, try spaghetti and meatballs.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Alternative & Dive[edit]

  • Crowbar, 214 SW 2nd St,[26] Part of American Dream Pizza. Enter through the pizza parlor, or from the alley. Nice, small bar with happy hour after 11PM. Very chill, having somewhat of a romantic feel.
  • Downward Dog, 130 SW 1st Ave, [27]. Small, dimly lit bar. Very nice, and romantic. Great place for a few friends to gather and have a drink away from the loud college bars. Very nice!
  • Squirrels, 2nd & Monroe. Outdoor patio and 2 floors of music, good beer and cheap appetizers ($1.50!). Occasionally has shows with pool on the 2nd floor. Local favorite.


  • AJ's: 137 SW 2nd St. This is a great small place to go and have fun. On Tuesdays they offer some fun games with prizes (usually bingo or something of that sort).
  • Cantina: 1110 NE 2nd St in Corvallis. This is another popular dance club. It's known for its Saturday night 80's mix/Ladies night. It is combined with Senior Sams Mexican restaurant. Another great place to get your "groove on."

Sports Bars[edit]

  • Clodfelters, right next to Oregon State University. Good sports bar feel. Huge crowds after different college sporting events. Big night is Wednesdays, which is "Pint Night". During this night, a different beer is featured (such as Fat Tire, or Heff), free pint glasses. Starts at 7PM and 9PM.
  • The Endzone - A relatively new bar in town. Big place with lots of room. Known primarily as a sports bar with pool tables and dancing. Great place to go and have fun.


  • Sanchos: 15th and Monroe, upstairs. This is more of a Mexican restaurant/bar mix. A small place, but still fun. It's known for dollar tequilla shots every night until 11PM. One of the few places in town that will do flaming drinks with a minimum purchase.

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Get out[edit]

  • Avery Park, a large city park with picnic areas, ball fields, a rose garden, and play structures. Kids like the 'dinosaur bones' and historic train.
  • Bald Hill has popular walking paths and trails with great vistas. Adjacent to the fairgrounds, west of town.
  • Chip Ross, a hilly open-space, good for hiking. North of town, adjacent to McDonald Forest.
  • McDonald Forest is a research forest operated by OSU. Peavy Arboretum, off Hwy99, is a popular hiking spot.
  • Marys Peak, the highest peak in Oregon's Coast Range, is about 15 miles east of town and has good hiking and biking trails.
  • Trysting Tree Golf Course is a public course operated by OSU.
  • Willamette Park is a city park just south of town, along the Willamette River. Includes soccer fields, boat landings, primitive campgrounds, and a disc golf course.

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