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Getting There -- Albany is on I-5 at the junction with U.S. 20, which heads east to Bend and west to Newport. Corvallis is 12 miles west of I-5 at the junction of U.S. 20, Ore. 99W, and Ore. 34.

Visitor Information -- Contact Corvallis Tourism, 553 NW Harrison St., Corvallis, OR 97330 (tel. 800/334-8118 or 541/757-1544; www.visitcorvallis.com), or the Albany Visitors Association, 250 Broadalbin St. SW, Ste. 110 (P.O. Box 965), Albany, OR 97321 (tel. 800/526-2256 or 541/928-0911; www.albanyvisitors.com).

Getting Around -- Public bus service around the Corvallis area is provided by the Corvallis Transit System (tel. 541/766-6916; www.ci.corvallis.or.us/pw/cts). Adult fare is 75¢.

Festivals -- DaVinci Days (tel. 541/757-6363; www.davinci-days.org), held each year in mid-July, is Corvallis's most fascinating festival. The highlight of this celebration of art, science, and technology is the Kinetic Sculpture Race, in which competitors race homemade, people-powered vehicles along city streets, through mud and sand, and down the Willamette River. Prizes are given for engineering and artistry. Another offbeat celebration, the Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire (tel. 541/929-4897; www.shrewfaire.com), is held each year in the community of Kings Valley (north of nearby Philomath) in mid-September.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.