Regions: Willamette Valley

This giant sequoia was found as a seedling tree along the railroad tracks by Sister Protasia Schindler in 1893. She planted it in front of the Queen of Angels Monastery to give some life to the grounds.

Attraction: Museums/History
City: Mt. Angel

The Signature Oak at The Oregon Garden is the oldest and largest tree in a grove of Oregon white oaks that predates settlement of the Willamette Valley by European immigrants and their descendents.

Attraction: Museums/History
City: Silverton

Start at 100-foot-tall Sahalie Falls, a raging cataract that pounds the river into rainbowed mist. Then the route descends past 70-foot Koosah Falls and returns along the river's far shore on the McKenzie River Trail.

Recreation: Hiking

Here's where gigantic old-growth trees tower along a wilderness river

Recreation: Hiking

This riverside loop through Willamette Mission State Park not only visits the nation's largest black cottonwood tree and the site of a historic 1834 settlement, but it also includes a free ferry ride across the Willamette River and back.

Recreation: Hiking

So who should I run into in downtown Eugene but Ken Kesey, the great Oregon novelist who wrote “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?”  Kesey passed away in 2001 and no, the late author’s presence wasn’t the ultimate prank

Attraction: Sightseeing
City: Eugene

Whether you are looking for a quick day trip, to hold a conference or an extended camping trip, Silver Falls State Park offers something for any length of stay.

City: Silverton

The rose gardens are all outside, and this being Oregon, best to check the weather forecast before you spend the day. The trails are graveled, so while during the wet season boots might not hurt, they are optional. Bring your camera during bloom season to practice some macro-photography of roses, and wider landscape shots are also nice.

Attraction: Farms, Sightseeing
City: St. Paul

The state's only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house originally occupied a scenic setting on the south side of the Willamette River, near the Charbonneau development in Wilsonville. Completed in 1964 for Conrad and Evelyn Gordon, the house was an example of Wright's efforts to design affordable housing for families earning modest incomes. He called the style Usonian, an acronym for United States of North America, and it was characterized by use of inexpensive, mass-produced, local materials and an open floor plan that encouraged social gatherings. Only 60 of them were ever built.

City: Silverton

Located about 40 miles south of Portland, the abbey sits on a hilltop above the town of Mt. Angel. The serene setting provides a stunning view of four volcanoes, the foothills of the Cascades, and a great chunk of verdant, Willamette Valley farmland. Wide lawns, sturdy Romanesque brick buildings, grand old trees, and black-robed monks strolling across campus contribute to the site's special ambiance.

Attraction: Sightseeing
City: Mt. Angel

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