Independence

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Independence was prized by pioneering farmers who settled here, particularly those growing hops — a major crop up until the 1950s. Experience that agrarian past with a visit to the Rogue Farms. Stroll through history in a downtown packed with historic buildings, or float across the Willamette River on the Buena Vista Ferry. Ride the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway for the region’s best views, or sip your way through Oregon’s oldest wine country.

Willamette Valley

Independence is located in Willamette Valley, the agricultural heart of Oregon where family farms grow everything from blueberries and hazelnuts to Christmas trees and tulips and some of the world's best pinot noir.

Nearby cities are: Monmouth, Dallas, Salem, and Keizer.

an Oregon StoryRoad Trip: Independence

by Eileen Garvin / June 26, 2013

America’s road to independence was a challenging one, but Oregon’s is a sweet road trip. This month, we invite you to visit Independence. Located in the Willamette Valley just an hour south of Portland, this little town will give you plenty to…

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an Oregon StoryCycle Oregon Spotlight: Independence and Monmouth

by Tara Corbin / July 7, 2015

Visitors to Monmouth and Independence, where Cycle Oregon has taken riders for the past decade or so, sits in the heart of the Willamette Valley, in what’s calledthe “historic hop capital of the world.” The two towns are…

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an Oregon StoryDiscovering Oregon History in Polk County

by Eileen DiCicco / March 9, 2016

If you want todeepen your connection with Oregon history, consider taking a trip to Polk County near Salem. You can quickly gather a sense of place by exploring the local museums, where you will discover fascinating stories of the region dating…

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an Oregon StoryStop and Admire the Gardens in Polk County

by Carol Infranca / April 11, 2016

If you’re looking for something to make your eyes smile while you nose enjoys an olfactory treat, gardens in Independence, Monmouth and Dallas beckon. Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours to spend in these gardens, you’ll find them…

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Find things to see and do In Independence

  1.     Attractions
    1.     Amusement Parks
    2.     Aquariums & Zoos
    3.     Art Galleries & Studios
    4.     Casinos
    5.     Movies and TV filmed in Oregon
    6.     Museums & Interpretive Centers
    7.     Outdoors & Nature
    8.     Performing Arts
    9.     Shopping
    10.     Theater
    11.     Tour Companies & Guides
  2.     Recreation
    1.     Birding
    2.     Camping
    3.     Cycling
    4.     Fishing
    5.     Golf
    6.     Guides & Charters
      1.     Back Country Guides
      2.     Bicycle Guides
      3.     Charter Boats
      4.     Fishing Guides
      5.     Hunting Guides
      6.     Jet Boat Charters
      7.     Outdoor Guides
      8.     Whitewater Guides
    7.     Hiking
    8.     Indoor Sports
    9.     Jet Boating
    10.     Kayaking
    11.     Oregon Winter Trips
    12.     Rafting
    13.     Snow Sports
    14.     Sustainable Travel
  3.     Eat & Drink
    1.     Artisan Producers
    2.     Beer & Breweries
    3.     Cideries
    4.     Coffee & Tea
    5.     Culinary Experiences
    6.     Distilleries
    7.     Farmers' Markets
    8.     Farms & Farm Stays
    9.     Oregon Food Trips
    10.     Picking & Foraging
    11.     Ranches & Ranch Stays
    12.     Restaurants
      1.     American
      2.     Asian Fusion
      3.     Cajun / Creole
      4.     Chinese
      5.     French Bistros
      6.     Greek
      7.     Irish
      8.     Italian
      9.     Japanese
      10.     Latino
      11.     Mediterranean
      12.     Pacific Northwest
      13.     Pizza
      14.     Seafood
      15.     Southern
      16.     Thai
    13.     Seafood
    14.     Wineries & Wine
  4.     Oregon Heritage
    1.     Covered Bridges
    2.     Ghost Towns
    3.     Heritage Areas
    4.     Heritage Museums
    5.     Indian Country
    6.     Lighthouses
    7.     Old West & Oregon Trail
  5.     Natural Wonders
    1.     Bodies of Water
      1.     Lakes & Reservoirs
      2.     Rivers
      3.     Waterfalls
    2.     Forests, Parks & Refuges
      1.     National Forests & Parks
      2.     National Wildlife Refuges and Areas
      3.     State Parks
    3.     Mountains & Hills
  6.     Events
    1.     Animal & Agriculture Events
    2.     Culinary Events
    3.     Cultural Heritage Events
    4.     Exhibit & Lecture Events
    5.     Fairs & Festivals
    6.     Flower & Garden Events
    7.     Oregon Food Trips
    8.     Performing Art Events
    9.     Snow Sports
    10.     Sports Events
    11.     Visual Art Events
    12.     Volunteer Events
  7. All Places to Stay
  8.     Lodging
    1.     Bed and Breakfasts
    2.     Boutique Hotels
    3.     Farm or Ranch Stay
    4.     Glamping or Tree Houses
    5.     Hostels
    6.     Hotel / Motel
    7.     Resorts
    8.     Vacation Rentals
  9.     RV Parks
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