Hillsboro, Oregon is essentially a suburb of Portland, OR. It's about a 15 minute drive west of Portland along Hwy 26 to reach Hillsboro. It was once an independent community, and does still have a distinct downtown area... but the boundaries of Beaverton-Aloha-Hillsboro-Forest Grove all now run together.
Portland is in the northwest corner of the US state of Oregon. Oregon is in the northwest of the United States. It can get pretty rainy from October through April. May & June are sometimes nice... July, August and September have the most reliable weather.
The fertile low-land valley contains a number of wildlife refuges. Usually, these are areas of mixed wetlands and forests; ideal habitat for a number of birds and other animals.
A unique way to see Willamette Valley is from a balloon. Thanks to Vista Balloon Adventures in Newberg, Oregon for a memorable trip!
The Oregon Garden is an 80 acre showcase of just about every imaginable plant that grows in the lush temperate Wilamette Valley. This botanical garden was started in the late 1990s. Each year, it matures and grows...
Silver Falls State Park is in the lower foothills of the Oregon Cascades, about 30 miles east of Salem, OR on hwy 214.