Banks is in Washington County’s Tualatin
Valley, and is nestled in Oregon Wine
Country, between the Cascade Mountains
and the Oregon Coast Range. Surrounded
by beauty on all sides, Banks strives to
be an environmentally-sensitive city
respectful of the nearby farms and forest.
Just off of Highway 26 (the Sunset
Highway), Banks offers quick access to
the coastal beaches and many hiking and
camping opportunities in the Tillamook
State Forest and the Clatsop State Forest.
Banks is located just minutes away from
L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park.
Banks is the southern anchor to the
Banks–Vernonia State Trail, which is a
Washington County’s Tualatin Valley is a hidden gem of the Pacific Northwest.
Located between Portland and the Oregon Coast, this burgeoning destination mixes suburban amenities with serene natural and agricultural settings.
Wine is a top attraction in Washington County, with more than 30 wineries
producing cool-weather, estate-grown varietals, such as Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris, as well as Chardonnay. Farms also are
abundant in the area. A drive through the region’s agricultural areas, via the
Vineyard & Valley Scenic Tour Route, takes travelers by u-pick farms, livestock
farms and vineyards.
In recent years, the Tualatin Valley has become one of Oregon’s premier
outdoor adventure destinations, complete with activities ranging from bird
watching to zip lining. Wildlife watching is plentiful in the Tualatin Valley, and
boasts several protected wetlands and nature preserves, each open to the
public with walking trails, viewing spots and interpretive centers. The Tualatin
Valley Scenic Bikeway solidified the destination’s position as a top cycling
destination in the state. This 50-mile ride runs through rural and rustic towns and
includes the scenic, car-free 21-mile Banks-Vernonia State Trail. River kayaking
and outdoor attractions such as an aerial ropes course, and the single-track,
mountain bike Freeride Trail at L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park have raised the
bar in the Tualatin Valley when it comes to outdoor recreation.
The Tualatin Valley covers 727 square miles and includes the growing urban
and rural communities of Aloha, Banks, Beaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove,
Gaston, Hillsboro, King City, North Plains, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and
David Hill Vineyard and Winery. Photo by Paul Loofburrow
courtesy of Washington County Visitors Association Banks