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The Tualatin Valley is a diverse destination, with a variety of different attractions that appeal to a wide demographic of travelers. Whether you are looking for feature story ideas or a story round-up, explore some of the story ideas and themes below:

Japanese Influence on the Tualatin Valley: Washington County, which is the Tualatin Valley, is the most ethnically diverse county in the state of Oregon. The cultural richness of this area is best explored by the Tualatin Valley’s culinary offerings. Japanese influence can be found from the fun and tasty Japanese creations at Oyatsupan Bakers and the Japanese traditions at SakeOne, the first American owned-and-operated sake brewery, to the emergence of chain ramen shops from Japan, such as Kukai Ramen (also known as Kizuki Ramen), opening in the area, and the grocery store, Uwajimaya, which sells anime, foods and other wares from Japan.

Oregon Wine Pioneers: As the Willamette Valley gains continued attention for its critically acclaimed Pinot Noir, the Tualatin Valley has an important role in the history of Oregon’s wine story. From Dick and Nancy Ponzi (Ponzi Vineyards), who are among the oft-cited pioneers of Oregon Pinot Noir, to Oak Knoll Winery, which started as a berry wine producer in 1970, and Elk Cove Vineyards, which was founded in 1974.

Spring Break/Spring Travel: When it comes to spring travel, take a look at Tualatin Valley. See sample Spring Break itinerary >>> This destination is a prime wildflower and birding destination, plus many activities and attractions open for the season. See sample spring travel itinerary >>>

Itineraries: Working on an itinerary? There are several one- and two-day trips to the Tualatin—with varying themes such as that would work as a stand-alone itinerary, or as part of an Oregon, Pacific Northwest or Western U.S. itinerary. See sample itineraries>>>  See suggested itineraries >>>

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Escape from the City

The Tualatin Valley (also known as Oregon's Washington County) is located just minutes from downtown Portland and boasts the closest wine country to the city. Within 40 minutes, visitors can explore and enjoy the offerings of rural u-pick farms, estate wineries, nature parks and preserves, or take a scenic drive along the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route.

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Pioneer History

Pioneer and community history can be found throughout Oregon’s Washington County.The efforts made by many of these early residents--which can be seen on a self-guided historical tour--helped to make Washington County what it is today.

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Fall Story Ideas

The Tualatin Valley comes alive during the autumn months. Family-friendly pumpkin patches and corn mazes, wine tasting and more are popular pastimes here in the fall. The following are some story ideas that complement a round-up or feature story.