Tasty Road Trips
Get on the road and explore Oregon’s Scenic Byways. These routes are the best way to see Oregon’s history, archeology and remarkable beauty. And, there’s delicious food along the way! Discover snowcapped volcanoes, journey through the time on the route of Oregon’s earliest settlers, pass by waterfalls and through majestic Douglas fir forests or venture through lush fruit and flower farms and dine at some of the best-kept foodie secrets along the way.
The Mt. Hood Scenic Byway climbs through verdant farmlands, past the historic Timberline Lodge and along the final stretches of the Oregon Trail. Starting in Troutdale, you’ll find a classic Oregon diner at Tad’s Chicken and Dumplins where they’ve been feeding hungry travelers since the 1920s. Stretch your legs at Timberline Lodge. You can ride the Magic Mile Express chairlift for scenic views of Oregon’s tallest peak before settling in for a bite at one of the lodge’s five bars and restaurants. If you want a challenge, head to Lost Lake at Mt. Hood where you can fish for your food or take a scenic hike on the north side of the mountain. Extend your driving route in Hood River where a 35-mile detour on the Fruit Loop winds through the valley’s orchards, farms and forests where you can stock up on fresh crops from the produce stands along the road. Make your way back into the town where food options are abundant. Watch the windsurfers while enjoying a beer at Full Sail Brewing Company or reenergize with a cup of joe at Dog River Coffee. If it’s a meal you’re craving, stop in at Sixth Street Bistro and Loft where fresh and sustainable local ingredients are used in every dish.
Take a driving tour through countryside and rural towns in Oregon’s most famous wine regions, Willamette Valley. On the Silver Falls Tour Route there’s no shortage of high-end eateries, not to mention stunning scenery. Start the tour with French-inspired cuisine at the Word of Mouth Neighborhood Bistro in Salem before heading on the scenic loop. After passing by 55 miles of waterfalls and wildflowers (in the summer) and trees displaying stunning shades of ambers and reds (in the fall) you’ll be ready for a glass of wine at Enoteca wine bar in Corvallis, before dinner at Sybaris in Albany.
In the most remote corner of the state, go from the vast depths of a ten-mile-wide canyon to the great heights of the 10,000-foot Wallowa Mountain peaks on the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, which takes you through wild and untamed country. Be sure to stock up on goodies for the road before you go, including gourmet chocolate and homemade grub at Bella Main Street Market. In La Grande, head over to Foley Station for lunch or continue on to Hamley Steakhouse in Pendleton.
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