Yeah, big cities like Portland tend to take up the bulk of attention in Oregon. But really, it’s the small towns that dot the state that really are the heart of this place. Most of us, even if we grew up in a major metropolis have roots in smaller communities, where perhaps our grandparents taught us good, old-fashioned values, where everyone knew each other, and where we developed our sense of community. Here are several towns in Oregon that hold a special place in the state’s heart.

10) Shaniko

9) Coburg

8) Cottage Grove

7) Depoe Bay

6) Fossil

5) Newport

3) Cannon Beach

2) Jacksonville

1) Yachats