Road Trip: Dallas, Willamina and Grand Ronde

The verdant hills and rambling creeks of the Willamette Valley set the stage for this pocket of communities west of Salem. Long an abundant homeland for native tribes and later a productive farming and logging locale, this region’s lush landscape is still a powerful draw. It all feels a bit like a local’s secret, where…

: Tyler Roemer


This Willamette Valley community was named for the vice president under Polk and retains its national pride.

Dallas is part of the wine region that surprised the world with outstanding pinots, and it is home to the vibrant Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge. See a movie at the historic Fox Theatre, browse through history at the Polk County Museum or hit the Blackrock Mountain Bike Association’s trail system for some of Oregon’s best downhill single-track.

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