Feel the wind in your hair and the sunshine warming your face. Ah, that is the essence of a summer joyride. Whether you prefer to ogle at classic cars or would rather be behind the wheel, the Tualatin Valley uses summer as the perfect excuse for amazing car shows and scenic drives near Portland. Plan your car-happy trip for some summertime cruising.
Car Shows Near Portland
Old Town Sherwood | June 10 | Free
Honk your horn for over 500 hot rods, classic cars and vintage military vehicles. What’s even better is that these cool and classic cars look right at home as they are parked on the charming streets of downtown Sherwood.
Pacific University, Forest Grove | July 16 | $5-$17
Pacific University’s stunning campus serves as a sweet backdrop for more than 300 vintage, sports and collector cars. Pay special attention to the Grand Classic Celebration, which will feature classic cars from 1925 to 1948.
Motorsports Mania Show
Washington County Fair Complex, Hillsboro| July 30 | $10-$15
You can even rev your engines at the Washington County Fair, which includes a demolition derby with monster trucks and freestyle motocross.
Brown Park, Gaston | August 26 | Free
Like a rebel without a cause, greasers are welcome at the Wapato Showdown. The show invites tricked-out cars and motorcycles from all over the state to compete in fun contests, including the sonically-minded “Best Pipes Contest.”
No matter when you visit, the World of Speed Museum promises loads of historic racecars, boats and motorcycles to tell the story of not only motorsports culture, but also of American culture as a whole.
Scenic Drives Near Portland
Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route
Take a full day to explore this long drive, making time for plenty of pit-stops at wineries, nurseries and farms.
Sip 47 Wine Route
Oregon Route 47 runs right through the heart of Oregon wine country, which creates a prime opportunity for a leisurely afternoon of wine tasting. Your designated driver will still be able to drink in the beautiful landscape.
For even more engine geekery, graduate from car shows to an air show with the Oregon International Air Show (September 22-24; $5-$35). Come watch some very special aircrafts from North America take flight.