With stunning landscapes and outdoor adventures everywhere you turn, it’s not hard to see how Corvallis got its name: the “heart of the Valley” combines the breathtaking scenery of the South Willamette Valley with wineries, golf, great beer, excellent food and a thriving college-town cultural scene thanks to Oregon State University. Hiking enthusiasts should consider a side trip to Mary’s Peak, the highest point in the Oregon Coast Range, with views all the way to the ocean on a clear day. Learn more about Corvallis.