McMinnville (Oregon)McMinnville is a city in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. It is the county seat and largest city of Yamhill County.
The Spruce GooseA local museum hosts perhaps one of the most bizarre aircraft ever produced. Howard Hughes, an eccentric rich person, had gotten it into his head to build a transatlantic freight flying boat in order to sell it on lucrative military contracts as a cargo airplane. However, due to wartime restrictions on the availability of aluminum, the prototype had to be built from birchwood to achieve a lightweight airframe. The prototype only ever achieved a single test flight in 1947 (by which point all hope of military contracts was of course gone) but remained the holder of the "largest wingspan of any aircraft" record into the 2010s.
By carPrivate automobile is the easiest way in to McMinnville. State Highway 99W enters from the north and south. State Highway 18 bypasses town along the south from its junction with Hwy 99W southwest of town and ends at Hwy 99W east of town.
By plane() has two runways, one of which is in good repair. There are no scheduled commercial airline services but the airport is open to general aviation. It is located on 4000 SE Cirrus Rd, across Hwy 18 from the Evergreen Aviation Museum south of town.
phone: +1 503-434-4180address: 500 NE Capt. Michael King Smith WayThis is really three attractions in one: museums of aviation and space travel, and an IMAX theatre. Howard Hughes' H-4 (HK-1) Flying Boat, better known as the Spruce Goose, is the most well-known, but there are over 60 other aircraft and spacecraft to see. The space museum has a pleasantly even-handed coverage of the international history of space exploration, with unique exhibits such as an ICBM in a simulated silo. There is a good café here. Enough to see that aviation fans will want a whole day.
phone: +1 503-687-3390address: 460 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way
phone: +1-503-434-4180address: 500 NE Capt. Michael King Smith WayLocated in the Evergreen Aviation Museum. A range of quite respectable grilled and cooked fare, especially by museum cafe standards.
phone: +1 503 472-8427address: 310 NE Evans Street
phone: +1 503 472-5575address: 129 SE Baker StThe oldest single owner bed and breakfast in McMinnville (18 years). The main inn has three rooms, each with en suite bath. The private two bedroom cottage located behind the inn is a fully equipped unit. For more independence, a two bedroom vacation rental is located a few blocks away. If coming with children, note this is located within 2 blocks of the city park, library and indoor swimming pool). Discounts for extended stays.
phone: +1 503 472-8427address: 310 NE Evans St
phone: +1 503-472-5187address: 381 NE Highway 99 WestRates includes complimentary continental breakfast.