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…

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Falls City

Hidden away in the Coast Range forest, Falls City was named for Little Luckiamute Falls, a cascade in the city center.

This Willamette Valley community started life as a mill town. Today visitors can delve into the forest with a hike through old growth at Valley of the Giants or with a rip on the Blackrock Mountain Bike Association’s trails. Browse antique shops, tip a pint at the pub and savor the goods at the artisan bakery.

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