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Albany Covered Bridges

A tour of "kissing bridges". Although they were built to protect their wooden platforms from Western Oregon's abundant rainfall, covered bridges also became known for protecting couples in search of a little privacy And thus, these bridges earned themselves the nickname "kissing bridges." Set out via car or bike to tour a dozen of Oregon's remaining covered bridges, showcased on these two loops that surround the Albany and Cottage Grove areas just off I-5. And relive the romance.(first photo above, credit to Oliver J. Anderson)

Willamette Valley Vineyard

Willamette Valley Vineyards produces high-quality, sustainably grown Pinot Noir and other cool-climate varieties – and was named "One of America's Great Pinot Noir Producers" by Wine Enthusiast. It is located just minutes North of the BEST WESTERN PLUS Prairie Inn.

McMinnville Airport Museum feature Spruce Goose (located just 40 minutes away)

Spruce Goose - Hughes' H-4 Hercules Flying Boat, better known as the "Spruce Goose," is the centerpiece of a new Northwest aviation museum in McMinnville, Oregon. The Hughes H-4 Hercules is a prototype heavy transport aircraft designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft company. The aircraft made its first and only flight on November 2, 1947, and the project never advanced beyond the single example produced. Built from wood because of wartime restrictions on the use of aluminum and concerns about weight, its critics nicknamed it the "Spruce Goose," despite it being made almost entirely of birch rather than spruce. The Hercules is the largest flying boat ever built and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history.


Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum - With displays ranging from the elegant aeronautic designs of two unknown bike mechanics – Orville and Wilbur Wright – to an actual Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird that can fly at speeds of over 2,000 miles per hour – the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum located in McMinnville, Oregon, has a little something for everyone.


Wings & Waves Waterpark - Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark is an educational waterpark that includes ten waterslides (ranging from slides for the little ones to slides for daredevils), a wave pool and a children’s museum dedicated to teaching students about the power of water. Consisting of classic Evergreen Museum building design, the space features nearly 70,000 square feet of educational fun, topped by a massive Evergreen International Aviation B747-100 aircraft on the top of the building.

Oregon Coast

Here in Oregon we don't call the beach the beach, we call it the coast. That's because the beaches on the Oregon coast are sandy dunes so high and wide that to call them mere beaches would be an insult. Other parts are covered by the docks of working ports, host to fishing boats bringing fresh sustainable seafood to market.

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Albany Carousel Best Western


Albany Carousel

Visit Historic Albany, Oregon where our talented community has volunteered over 134,000 hours to create something magical! Join us as we carve and paint our way into carousel history, as well as into the hearts and imagination of all that visit our studio. Admission to the carousel studio is free so bring your family and friends and spend some time visiting this amazing gift that is both for and from the community. Please come and enjoy the carousel, as well as our riverfront park (directly behind the studio) and all the rest that Albany's downtown has to offer. (photos to the right, credit to Oliver J. Anderson)


Albany Carousel