Road Trip: Hillsboro

Just west of Portland, Hillsboro gets plenty of visitors, drawn by the many things that make it a great (and booming) place to live. People move here from all over the world to work for large employers like Intel and Nike. Still charming, Hillsboro smacks the casual visitor with surprises — and not just during…

: Craig Mitchell Dyer


Oregon’s fifth-largest city, Hillsboro, is surrounded by scenery.

To the west is the densely forested Coast Range; to the east, Portland and Mt. Hood beckon. Inside Hillboro is a historical farming community that inspires innovation, boasting a blend of agriculture, business and small-town neighborhoods. Visit for the international air show, a pro baseball game or the one-of-a-kind rock museum. Come back for international cuisine and top-notch craft drinks.

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