Visitors to Willamette Valley have a plethora of exciting things to do and see in front of them that appeal to everyone from adventurers to craft brewing aficionados. Outdoors enthusiasts won't want to miss taking hikes past the thundering waterfalls of Silver Falls State Park, Diamond Creek Falls, and Salt Creek Falls or racing down the runs of Willamette Pass Ski Area.
Shops for antiques, find the freshest produce and the hottest designer fashion at the shops, farmers' markets and outlets throughout Willamette Valley. Wineries abound here, with tempting options like Ghost Hill Cellars, A Blooming Hill Vineyard, Illahe Vineyards, King Estate Winery, and Montinore. You can follow the Eugene Ale Trail and discover some of the craft breweries that have made Oregon famous.
Plan to tour the Oregon State Capitol Building and investigate the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. Walk the impressive botanical gardens or explore the Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Area to learn more about the rural history of Oregon. Take in track and field events in Eugene, or watch the basketball and football prowess of the Oregon Ducks. And while you are here, make plans to enjoy the numerous annual events, festivals, and rodeos.
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Explore the gorgeous recreation sites and parks of Willamette Valley. If you are interested in combining outdoor fun with education and history, investigate the Willson Park Capitol Park Mall. If you love waterfalls, hike through awe-inspiring Silver Falls State Park. Bellfountain Park is one of the area's oldest parks, and it features the longest picnic table in the country. And if you find yourself in Springfield, the trails of 50-acre Clearwater Park are calling.
If you are counting the days until the snow begins to fly, plan your trip to Willamette Pass Ski Area now. This spot near Crescent Lake offers adventurers 29 downhill runs with stunning views of the Oregon Cascades and numerous activities that will appeal to the whole family. In addition to downhill skiing, there are ample snowboarding opportunities. Skiers and riders from novice to advanced are welcome, and lessons are available.