Road Trips Ideas Just Outside Portland
Take Mini Road Trip Close to Home
This time of year is when Tualatin Valley comes alive. Berries are ripe for the picking, grapes on the vines are in bloom, and days are getting longer. While non-essential travel is not encouraged as most of the state enters Phase 1 of recovery, that doesn’t mean you can’t get out to enjoy nature. As we slowly ease our way into summer, here are a couple of mini road trips close to home that showcase the beauty of Tualatin Valley.
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 the 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.
If you’re looking to get out of the house and support local businesses while staying socially distant, try one of these spacious patios with delicious food and one of a kind brews.
Tualatin Valley is home to dozens of gardens, from garden centers to an oasis in an unexpected spot. These hidden gems are open dawn until dusk for the perfect escape.
Whether you want takeout or a new dining experience, try some of Tualatin Valley’s newest Asian fare.