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Sweet Home

Welcome to the Gateway to the Santiam Playground.

This small city rightfully earned the name due to its easy access to the pristine Willamette National Forest, the South Santiam River and a system of crystalline lakes. Hike lush trails to hidden waterfalls and drive along scenic byways past covered bridges and undulating farms. At the center of all this action is its cute downtown, anchored by a vintage cinema, pretty Sankey Park and Weddle Covered Bridge, an engaging living history museum, and several casual restaurants.

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Where can I photograph the most covered bridges in 3 days?

You can definitely photograph dozens of Oregon’s covered bridges in a three-day journey. How many you can hit just depends on how much driving you want to do and how early you want to get up and get started! Assuming you start on the north end of the Willamette Valley and head south, I suggest…

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