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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Grand Ronde

Grand Ronde is the name of both a small unincorporated settlement 8 miles west of Willamina and the much larger Grand Ronde Community, a 16-square-mile area owned by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Visit the Chachalu Tribal Museum and Cultural Center to learn stories of the Yamhill Kalapuya people’s resilience, along with traditions of drumming, dancing and regalia making. Visit Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area for a view of this former military post’s history. Try your luck at the tribe’s Spirit Mountain Casino.

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    If your commute feels hectic and hurried, consider the 20,000 Canada geese jammed wing to wing, twisting and turning, jockeying for position to gain speed for flight above Marion County’s Ankeny Wildlife Refuge. The clouds...
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