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Tualatin Valley: An old favorite with new discoveries

Feb 07, 2020

Located just minutes from Portland, the Tualatin Valley offers a diverse range of outdoor activities, restaurants and cafes, tax-free shopping and world-class wineries and breweries. The Tualatin Valley has gained a loyal following among travelers, local and international, all of whom are treated to new attractions while finding comfort in familiar favorites.

The Tualatin Valley has several nature parks, wildlife refuges and wetland preserves, which attract bird watchers, nature lovers and travelers.

The Tualatin Valley has built a solid reputation as an exceptional nature destination, as the area develops its natural assets into parks and trails. Opening to the public this year, the Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge joins the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, one of the most popular destinations for birdwatchers.

In addition to its natural beauty, the Tualatin Valley is an ideal experience of the American way of life. Small–town main streets and its location in the fertile Willamette Valley showcase the American urban and rural lifestyle. As the gateway to Oregon’s famous wine country, the Tualatin Valley has more than 30 wineries with tasting rooms open to visitors.

It is also the perfect destination for wine lovers to explore varietals that put the region on the map.

New attractions include nine more hotels that are scheduled to open within the year, giving visitors more choices for accommodation.

The area is also to get two new state of-the-art event facilities. The Wingspan Event and Conference Center in the city of Hillsboro is due to open in July, while the Patricia Reser Performing Arts Center in Beaverton is to open in September 2021. These new venues will bring high-quality performances and events to the region and serve as spaces for corporate conferences and trade shows.

Carolyn McCormick, the president and CEO of the Washington County Visitors Association, the official tourism organization for the Tualatin Valley, believes that Japan will continue to be one of their top markets, especially after Delta Air Lines starts its daily non-stop service between Tokyo s Haneda Airport and Portland International Airport in late March.

U.S. Pacific Northwest 2019 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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