Via magazine
Via magazine - Your AAA Magazine

Members' Favorite Walkable Downtowns

Via readers share their favorite downtown strolls around Oregon.

Via Readers
family crosses street in downtown Corvallis, Ore., picture
Photo credit
Photo: Nashco Photo
Photo caption
Historic buildings shine in downtown Corvallis, Ore.

"Ashland, Ore., wins hands down. Stroll the Downtown Plaza for great eats and treats, take in a movie at the Varsity, or see a play. On summer weekends, artisans sell their wares by Ashland Creek on the way into Lithia Park." —Kay Killian 

"For a walking-friendly downtown with an abundance of great shops, art galleries, and restaurants, try Boise. I enjoy seeing the old buildings that have been renovated, restored, or repurposed." —Helen Fisher 

"Find historic buildings, a variety of shops, Riverfront Commemorative Park along the Willamette, and more than 30 restaurants all in an easy-to-navigate grid in downtown Corvallis, Ore. Enjoy the outdoor farmers' market if you visit on a Wednesday or Saturday." —Linda Jakstis 

"In The Dalles, Ore., murals on historic buildings capture famous scenes of the past, such as Decision at The Dalles—depicting the moment when pioneers had to choose a route to the Willamette Valley. Today's tough decision involves which brewpub or coffee shop to sit in after visiting Klindt's, the oldest bookstore in Oregon."— Damian Fagan

"In Nye Beach, a historic district of Newport, Ore., shopping comes with glistening Pacific views and includes art galleries, coffee spots, one of the finest bakeries anywhere, a kitchen shop, and many seafood restaurants." —Wendy E. Mcelroy 

"You can't beat Portland for downtown walkability. The area is compact, with large and small restaurants everywhere, a public square with seating areas and food carts, and famous Powell's Books." —Dori Jones

This article was first published in July/August 2017. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.