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 21-mile
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 Wilsonville.
David Hill Vineyard and Winery. Photo by Paul Loofburrow
courtesy of Washington County Visitors Association Banks