Aloha is one of the most under-respected communities in Oregon. Alohans have an attitude that most just do not understand. This is shown by the fact that the town is unincorporated, despite its size. Alohans do not want to deal with any more government than necessary. Schools are funded by the districts of neighboring cities Beaverton and Hillsboro. Fire and police services are provided by the county. Part of the mistrust of city governments comes from the neighboring communities. Beaverton and Hillsboro have been at war for decades over who can annex the most land in the smallest amount of time. Aloha, being sandwiched between the two, has become a prime target. Since it is unincorporated, the residents of Aloha will not get to vote on annexation, although the State of Oregon has a protection in place against possible takeover.
Fly into Portland International Airport (PDX). Then hop on the lightrail, MAX, to either Willow Creek or Quatama / SW 206th Ave. stations. You will be required to change trains, from the Red Line to the Blue Line. This can be done at any station between the Gateway Transit Center, east of Portland through Beaverton.
The easiest way to get around Aloha is by car. However, Tri-Met also makes traveling within Aloha, and the rest of the Portland area, quite easy and affordable, although occasionally time consuming. Buses run throughout Aloha and connect to MAX stops.
- Harvey the Rabbit. Harvey is a large rabbit that graces the side of S.W. Tualatin Valley Highway. He will often be seen holding something festive, for example, a Christmas tree in December.
- Jenkins Estate.. A refurbished farm, the Jenkins Estate boasts a log cabin and beautiful Rhododendron Gardens with fantastic views of the Tualatin Valley.
- 1 The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club, 4805 SW 229th St. One of the finest golf courses in the world, the Reserve boasts two courses (one public, one private), first class facilities, and occasional major tournaments.
- 2 Cooper Mountain Vineyards. No visit to Aloha is complete without a trip to several wineries.
- Costco. Here you can buy large quantities for low prices.
- Goodwill. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Goodwill is one of the largest second-hand store chains in the nation.
- Big Lots!. Check out Big Lots! for great deals on anything you can think of.
- Lupe's Escape. A casual atmosphere with great Mexican food.
- Nonna Emelia's Ristorante Italiano. The best Italian food on the West Side.
- Shangri-La. A traditional Chinese restaurant, Shangri-La boasts some of the finest cuisine in Aloha.
- Toshi's. A small Japanese restaurant, Toshi's serves sushi and cooked food.
- Wu's Open Kitchen. Watch the chefs prepare your meal.
- Reedville Cafe. A local favorite, the Reedville Cafe has been a landmark of Aloha for years, since its humble beginnings as "The Shack."
- Blue Moon Diner. Love malts? Check out this 1950s flashback restaurant.
- Coffee Rush. Among the best cups of coffee you will ever have, this humble drive-up shop uses only the finest ingredients.
- Dr. Feelgood's Pub. A typical, laid-back neighborhood bar.
- Top Notch Tavern. Located in the heart of Aloha, this tavern is a landmark.
- Best Inn & Suites, 3333 SW 198th St, ☏ . AAA approved, this hotel offers nice rooms at reasonable prices. It is across the street from the "Fab 5" Intel campus, so it is convenient for those traveling to do business with the microelectronics giant.
- West. Take Highway 8 (Tualatin Valley Highway). This will take you to the cities of Hillsboro and Forest Grove, the home of Pacific University. North of Forest Grove is Banks. Banks is known for fantastic golfing, specifically at Quail Valley and Pumpkin Ridge. West of Forest Grove, after a few wineries, is the Oregon Coast Range. The Oregon Coast Range is a haven for outdoorsman; it has fantastic hiking, camping, and fishing. Further west is the Oregon Coast. From Aloha, it is very easy to get to the coastal towns of Tillamook, Lincoln City, and Cannon Beach.
- South. Head South on Grabhorn Road to farm country. Here you can explore Tileflat Treasures and tour fantastic wineries.
- East. Beaverton is a nice city with lots of parks. Past Beaverton, is Portland, the largest city in Oregon. Beyond Portland is the Cascade Mountains, the most famous of which is Mount Hood. There is also fantastic windsurfing in the Columbia River Gorge.
|Routes through Aloha|
|Forest Grove ← Hillsboro ←||W E||→ Beaverton → Portland via|
|Jct ←||W E||→ Beaverton → Portland via|