Things to do / Travel Guide
The Oregon Cascades and Willamette Valley region is known for its awesome beauty, volcanic mountains and dense forests. Often, visitors will rent or drive their own RVs or motor homes through the scenic roads that traverse the region, which affords them the best opportunity to appreciate its natural beauty. Quite apropos, the region is also home to a pair of factories that make RVs and motor homes. Other factories you can tour in the region include clothing manufacturers and a brewery.
Factory Tours in the Portland Area
East of Portland, in the town of Hood River, you can sample some great beer at the Full Sail Brewing Company. Reserve your spot for this free tour, which offers its visitors the opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy some of their brew while overlooking the Columbia River from one of the factory's decks.
Further north, over the state line in Washington, is Washougal Mill, where visitors can take a free tour and see how Indian blankets are made. Watch as brightly-colored dyes mix during the spinning and weaving processes to create beautiful designs on the fabrics.
Factory Tours near Eugene
Two large motor home manufacturing factories are located near Eugene. The larger of the two, the Monaco Coach Corporation, operates a 2.5 million-square foot facility where you can see the production of the chassis and other auto parts up close. Similar in many aspects, Country Coach has approximately 450,000 square feet of floor space to tour.
Behind-the-scenes and factory tours are typically family-friendly activities good for a short and interesting diversion from a region's mainstream tourist activities. Generally inexpensive, visitors are often given complimentary tastes and samples, like some tasty toffees at the Pacific Hazelnut Candy Factory, in Portland. Note that some tours have irregular hours and admission restrictions. Click on the individual icons for more practical information.
Behind-the-Scenes and Factory Tours in Portland, Mt. Hood, the Oregon Cascades and Willamette Valley