Road Trippin’ Through Oregon’s Tualatin Valley
Oregon’s Tualatin Valley is an ideal location for a road trip, and this destination makes an excellent home base for adventures throughout the region. Look no further to find hotels with free parking, many with free breakfast, and a host of amenities to make you feel at home, and RV parks with full hook-up sites. Whether Tualatin Valley is your home base for myriad mini road trips in the region or you’re just passing through, here is your guide to road trippin’ in Tualatin Valley.
Mini Road Trips
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.
Highlights along the route include:
- Wineries: Helvetia Vineyards & Winery and Eagles Nest Reserve
- Historic sites: Old Scotch Church
- U-Pick Farms: Helvetia Lavender Farm, Jackson School Lavender Farm, Smith Berry Barn and Rowell Brothers Berry Farm
- Restaurants: Helvetia Tavern, Midway Firehouse Pizza, South Store Café
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, featuring 59 “quilt barns” along four separate, self-guided driving routes (view map). Each barn features large wood blocks that have been hand-painted in traditional quilt patterns, which 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. All of the quilt panels have been installed at area farms and agriculture-related businesses, and each panel tells the story of the property owners and their unique relationship to quilting.
Quilt Barns along the trail include:
- Winery: Plum Hill Vineyards
- Nurseries: Blooming Junction Nursery, Twin Oaks Nursery
- U-Pick Farms: Jossy Farms, Grossen Peaches
- Parks: Brown’s Ferry Park, Killin Wetlands
Portland to the Tillamook Coast
Trees to Sea Scenic Byway
Explore the riches of Oregon’s Tualatin Valley, scenically situated between Portland and the Oregon Coast, while en route from Portland to the coast.
Start your journey from Portland and travel westward via Highway 26 (aka The Sunset Highway). Continue down Highway 26 and merge onto Highway 6, the start of the newly-designated Trees to Sea Scenic Byway, a picturesque 68-mile drive from Tualatin Valley to the Tillamook Coast.
After stopping at highlights along the route, continue the journey to the Tillamook Coast and to many more sights and attractions the Oregon Coast has to offer.
Highlights along the route include:
- Winery: Apolloni Vineyards
- Attraction: Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals
- Restaurants: Out Aza Blue Market & Cafe, Hop Cycle Brewing
- Nature Parks & Forests: Killin Wetlands; Tillamook State Forest, Tillamook Forest Center
Situated in the northern tip of the famed Willamette Valley wine region, the Tualatin Valley boasts more than 30 estate wineries and tasting rooms.
Whether you’re here for business, pleasure, and/or family fun, you’ll feel at home.
Don’t spend time worrying about planning the perfect trip; we have sample itineraries that will provide ideas for fun outings.