Ride the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway

If I didn’t know better, I’d think I was in Tuscany. Golden wheat fields roll off into the distance. Grand old oaks, their leaves a dark and dusty green, cast shadows on the ripening wheat, and rows of grapevines stripe a distant hillside. But I’m not in Tuscany. I’m barely 45 minutes from downtown Portland… More
: Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway by Russ Roca


Nestled in the scenic foothills of Oregon’s Coast Range, Banks offers small-town charm just 30 miles from Portland.

Visitors can choose from a number of cultural and recreational opportunities in close proximity. You might play golf, shop for antiques, sip wine from the vineyard or explore the beloved Banks-Vernonia State Trail, a rails-to-trails project that is open only to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. The itinerary is up to you.

Trip Ideas

Don't Miss Near Banks

Banks Trail Cafe
Hop Cycle Brewing Co.
L.L. Stub Stewart State Park
Jim Dandy Farm Market
Banks Bicycles
Killin Wetlands

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Ideas for day trips from Portland in September for a family?

For a coast trip, I recommend taking Highway 26 from Portland, and then take the Highway 6 turnoff to Tillamook. In Tillamook visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory! Then proceed up Highway 101 and stop whenever your curiosity is piqued. There are lots of beaches and parks and vistas to check out. Some cute towns along that route…

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