Willamette Valley is a wide plain, located to the north-west of the US state of Oregon. Surrounded by mountains to three directions and the waters of the mighty Columbia River to the other, the fertile valley contains most of the state’s major cities, to include Portland, the largest, and Salem, the State capital. Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Willamette Valley will discover that there is a great choice of self catering holiday rental accommodation. There are rustic log cabins and ranches to be found within the region’s more rural locations, as well as modern apartments and townhouses within its large cities and towns.
Visitors spending their holidays in Willamette Valley will find that there is always plenty to see and do here, to suit all interests. The lovers of the great outdoors and those who are more active and energetic may wish to enjoy kayaking, boating or sailing in the waters of the Willamette River, or to discover the region’s indigenous wildlife in its forests and floodplains. The foothills of the surrounding Cascade and Coastal Mountain Ranges are popular amongst abseiling and rock climbing enthusiasts, whilst in complete contrast the shopping malls and department stores of Salem and Portland are big draws for those visitors looking to indulge in a spot of retail therapy.
There are a number of historically and culturally fascinating places to visit within the cities of the Willamette Valley. The Capitol Building of Salem, which has been rebuilt three times since it was first founded in the mid 19th century, is well worth a visit, as are the city’s Mission Mill Museum, Hallie Ford Museum of Art and the Prewitt-Allen Archaeological Museum. The larger city of Portland boasts such attractions as the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Portland is also often referred to as being the ‘Greenest City in America’, with its many wide-open spaces, the most notable of which being the 5000 acre Forest Park and the Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Willamette Valley will find that the region enjoys a somewhat milder climate, due to its sheltered location. Summers tend to be warm and dry, with temperatures often reaching the early 30s degrees Celsius. Winters are cool and wet, with temperatures averaging around 5 degrees Celsius. Willamette Valley receives an average annual precipitation of around 60 inches.
Tourists looking to spend their holidays in Willamette Valley may first fly to either Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) or Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) airports with British Airways, departing from London Heathrow (LHR). They will then take a connecting flight with United Express or Alaska Airlines to Portland International Airport (PDX).