In the heart of the Willamette Valley, the state capital is a prime spot to enjoy harvest season.
Sights and Events
A five-acre patch of pumpkins, squash, and other autumnal gourds are ready for do-it-yourself picking at Bauman's Farm and Garden, 16 miles north of downtown. Even if the annual Harvest Festival is cancelled this year, you can still come for the corn maze, petting zoo, and outdoor snacks.
The modernist capitol building between Court and State Streets is the third capitol to stand in that spot; the first two were consumed by fires. At press time, tours were on hold, but no matter: An online brochure can guide you around the surrounding 21-acre State Capitol State Park. Look for the Moon Tree, a Douglas fir that grew from a seed that in 1971 went to the moon.
Immerse yourself in the state's missionary and pioneer history at the Willamette Heritage Center, an airy five-acre complex with 19th-century machinery and more than a dozen historical structures, including the oldest wooden houses in the Northwest. (AAA Members save $2 on admission.)