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While most of the wineries are concentrated in Washington and Yamhill counties, there are several finds in the Mid-Willamette Valley that warrant extending a wine enthusiast's journey. There are also flower, hops, berries, and seed gardens scattered throughout Salem, Albany, and Corvallis. The huge number of company stores concentrated on Interstate 5 will have you thinking about some new Nikes, and Oregon State University will have you wearing orange and black long after Halloween is over. Be aware that many communities in this region are little more than wide spots in the road. In these tiny towns you might find only a gas station, a grocery store, a church or two, and a school. Watch out for any "School Crossing" signs: Oregon strictly enforces its speed-limit laws.

  • Albany

    Known as the grass-seed capital of the world, Albany has some of the most historic buildings in Oregon. Some 700...Read More
  • Salem

    Salem has a rich pioneer history, but before that it was the home of the Calapooia Indians, who called it Chemeketa,...Read More
  • Corvallis

    To some, Corvallis is a brief stopping place along the way to Salem or Portland. To others, it's a small town that...Read More