Corvallis is located in the scenic WillametteValley between the Coastal and Cascade Mountain Ranges. Residents enjoy a small town atmosphere, but Portland’s urban attractions are only 90 minutes away. Eugene, also known for its arts, culture, and recreational activities, is located 50 minutes south of Corvallis.
The Corvallis downtown area offers a variety of shopping, entertainment, and dining choices. Lovers of the arts need not look far—Corvallis has performing arts and art galleries. RiverfrontCommemorativePark borders the downtown and runs alongside the WillametteRiver. The riverside path provides a peaceful setting for a walk. During the Corvallis Farmer’s Market, which takes place in the park from April to November, shoppers are serenaded by musicians as they stroll among the vendors’ tents. On warm summer days, children splash in the interactive fountain.
Outdoor enthusiasts have access to an abundance of activities in and around Corvallis, including miles of bike trails within and surrounding the city, water sports on the WillametteRiver, and hiking trails in McDonald-Dunn Research forest and Mary’s Peak. On a clear day, Mary’s Peak has spectacular views of both the Pacific Ocean and snow-covered peaks in the Cascades. Skiers can leave Corvallis and hit the slopes in about two hours.
The Oregon coast can be reached within a scenic one-hour drive. Evergreen forests give way to rugged cliffs, long, sandy beaches, and the massive dunes of the central coast. Visitors can tour the aquarium, museums, and lighthouses and have a variety of outdoor activities to choose from, including fishing, crabbing, whale watching, and ATV riding.