With the peaks of the Cascade Mountains to the east and the majestic Pacific Ocean to the west, the Pacific Northwest is abundant with life of all kinds. Travelers will spot wildlife in the towering trees and on the floors of the temperate rainforests. At the peak of harvest season, cultivated vineyards and orchards provide award winning-wines and overflowing fruit baskets. Local arts, food and culture thrive even in the smallest towns in the region. Whether you’re planning a family vacation or a special getaway for mom and dad, a trip to the Pacific Northwest will leave travelers of any age well fed, revitalized by the wonders of nature and inspired to explore all the back roads.
Willamette Valley Wine Country, Oregon
- From Portland International Airport: 70 minutes
Drive 70 minutes southwest from Portland to the town of McMinnville, which has a number of excellent restaurants and tasting rooms, thanks to its location in wine country. Grain elevators still tower over the small town, but the crop has changed to pinot or chardonnay grapes. You may also see a pasture full of alpacas or a pen of goats. Delicious local cheeses, some possibly sourced from the goats you drove by, pair well with the region’s wines. If you have time, stay overnight at Abbey Road Farm, where you’ll sleep in a converted grain silo and have breakfast made with ingredients from the on-site 82-acre farm.