At the heart of the region's wine industry lies busy and modern McMinnville, mostly charmless except for its historic, red-brick downtown district. Here you'll find older buildings, art galleries, boutiques and fine restaurants, along with a small-town feel as kids play on sidewalks and tourists stroll up and down the main artery of 3rd St.
Newberg & Dundee
The gateways to wine country, these small cities were originally founded as Quaker settlements. Little of those original quiet ways remain however, and now strip malls and modern services are much of what you'll see. At least there's fine dining in the area, along with upscale countryside places to sleep. Dundee is 2 miles west of Newberg, on Hwy 99W.
The single name 'McKenzie' identifies a beautiful and mysterious river, a mountain pass, a spectacular historic highway and one of Oregon's most extraordinary and wondrous natural areas. Premiere recreational opportunities abound, from fantastic fishing to exceptional hiking to racy rafting trips.
This nondescript little Portland suburb, nestled next to the Willamette River, was the final stop on the Oregon Trail and the first US city founded west of the Rockies. Despite its historic status and good location, Oregon City is visually plagued by an expanse of ugly paper-mill buildings and electric generators corseted around the 42ft Willamette Falls.
Champoeg State Heritage Area
One of the very first settlements in Oregon, Champoeg ('shampoo-e') was located on a flood plain along a bend in the Willamette River. After the historic 1843 vote, the town continued to grow as the era of riverboat travel brought increasing trade to the Willamette Valley.