Road Trips Ideas Just Outside Portland
Take a Mini Road Trip Close to Home
The days are getting shorter as we ease into fall, but these mini road trips are the perfect way to showcase Tualatin Valley’s sunny days. Non-essential travel is not encouraged as Tualatin Valley is still in Phase 1 of recovery, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out to enjoy nature.
Vineyard & Valley Scenic Tour Route
Here in Tualatin Valley, nature, agriculture, history and wine are undeniably intertwined, and the designated Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route showcases this special commingling of attractions along its 60-mile drive through the serene Oregon countryside. Best to be enjoyed during a full day of discoveries, the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route offers a day of lush rural adventures.
Quilt Barn Trail of Tualatin Valley
The nostalgia and heritage of quilts can be seen throughout Tualatin Valley with our very own Quilt Barn Trail. The non-designated trail (view map) is composed of large wood blocks that have been hand-painted in traditional quilt patterns that hold some significance to the area or farm where it is located. The Quilt Barn Trail highlights Tualatin Valley’s agricultural and historical heritage, as well as to create public art and showcase the art of quilting.
Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway
If your preferred mode of transportation is a bicycle, then the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway is the way to go! This 50-mile route, designed for intermediate and advanced riders, take you through the valley’s verdant farmlands and by farm stores and quilt barns. It starts at Rood Bridge Park and Rhododendron Garden and leads to the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, a gorgeous 21-mile linear rail-to-trail path.
Get out of the house and rediscover the beauty in your backyard. If you want to visit, but aren’t able to just yet, we can’t wait to see you as restrictions are lifted and you are comfortable traveling again.
Signature Pinot Gris (pronounced “pee-know gree”) grapes thrive in the Tualatin Valley and produce delectable, award-winning wines. The next time you are in the mood for seafood, pair your meal with a bottle of Tualatin Valley’s Pinot Gris.
Oregon’s Tualatin Valley has a strong and rich Hispanic and Latinx community. The area is home to the largest population of Latinx people in Oregon. Several organizations hold the community together as cultural centers for Latinx families.
Oregon’s Tualatin Valley already has a reputation for excellent wineries and craft breweries, but if spirits are your thing, it’s not hard to find fun and quality craft cocktails.