Corvallis Oregon is situated in the center of the Willamette Valley, just 90 minutes from Portland, and is a major economic and cultural hub of Central Oregon. The city began in 1847 and was built on a beautiful plateau on the Willamette River. There are three historic districts in the town that are also on the National Register of Historic: Avery-Helm, College Hill West, and Oregon State University. If you’re looking to move to the area, we recommend taking a historic walking tour through the sites important to Corvallis’ history.
Corvallis has many walking and hiking paths in and around the city, and over 60 miles of bike paths, making it one of the most bicycle friendly communities in the United States. Over 98 percent of the city’s major roadways have bike lanes. You can also join the Mid-Valley Bicycle Club if you’re interested in learning more about biking through the city and tours throughout local monuments. The Bald Hill Natural Area is a favorite hiking spot for residents with great views of Corvallis and Mary’s Peak. The Peavy Arboretum is another favorite and a gem of Oregon State University’s Research Forest. While there are several local parks to explore, Corvallis is also nearby the Siuslaw National Forest where there is even more hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities.
The City of Corvallis is surrounded by rolling farmlands, some of which produce fruit for Oregon’s top wineries. The Mid-Willamette Valley is one of the world’s top wine producing regions. The fertile farmland also produces fresh produce that you can enjoy at the local restaurants and Corvallis Culinary Week every January.
Conveniently bordering downtown Corvallis is the beautiful 500-acre campus of Oregon State University. The college provides plenty of educational and employment opportunities for Corvallis residents. This means there are also a lot of restaurants in the area to watch OSU football games if you aren’t attending in person and there’s a good mix of both city living and suburban homes. OSU hosts a variety of cultural and sporting events throughout the year and activities for all ages that Corvallis residents can enjoy. Corvallis consistently makes lists of top places to live in the United States, making the lists of Parade Magazine, Men's Journal, CNN, and Fortune.
Da Vinci Days - A three day festival in July celebrating art, science and technology. The event showcases films, music and the Graand Kinetic Challenge.
Bounty of Benton County - A self-guided tour around rural Benton County of wineries, distilleries, local food producers and restaurants.
Corvallis Fall Festival - A festival in late September featuring 160 local artists, live music, a 5K and 10K race, and more.
Red White & Blue Riverfront Festival - Taking place around the 4th of July, the festival features music, food vendors, fun activities for kids, wineries and microbreweries, and more.
Image provided by Gary Giddens © 2012