Portland day trip: Old Town Chinatown

A mix of old and new makes this Riverside neighborhood a funky-fun place to spend the day

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Tulips in Woodburn: Rows of cheery, bobbing tulip blooms at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm (33814 S. Meridian Rd.) make this family-run farm feel more Dutch than Willamette Valley. Buy cut flowers or order fall bulbs during the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival (Mar 25–Apr 25; $10 per vehicle).

Daffodils in Junction City: This small town honors the sunny yellow flowers that pop up along ​ 7 miles of Ferguson Road. The wild daffodils lead up to the Long Tom Grange, headquarters for the annual Daffodil Drive Festival. Expect live music, cinnamon rolls, classic cars, and quilts. Mar 20–21; 541/998-2828.

Spring bulbs in Coos Bay:  Salt air mixes with all sorts of spring blooms at Shore Acres State Park, which includes a traditional English garden clinging to the sandstone cliffs on the southern Oregon coast. Wander among rhododendrons and azaleas, tulips, and daffodils―then follow a short trail to secluded Simpson Beach. $5 per vehicle; 89039 Cape Arago Hwy.

Crocus in Silverton: On the 80 acres of the Oregon Garden, gravel and paved paths snake through themed gardens and water features. This month, look for blooming crocus, hebe, iris, and fuzzy-tipped black ​ pussy willow. $7, $5 ages 8–17; ​ 879 W. Main St.


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