If you grew up in Oregon, there’s no doubt you remember all of those wonderful school days when you got to board a big yellow bus and take a field trip. Oregon has incredible museums, aquariums, zoos, factories and ghost towns to be explored. Take a trip to one of these fascinating locations to learn more about Oregon’s history and wildlife. You won’t regret it.
11. End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
Discover the history of the Oregon Trail in the same place it came to an end; historic Oregon City.
10. The Portland Art Museum
The Portland Art Museum is a perfect place for a day trip to experience all kinds of amazing art, both historical and contemporary. This amazing museum has changing exhibits and jaw-dropping permanent collections including American Art, Asian Art, Modern/Contemporary, Photography, Native American Art, and more.
9. The Pittock Mansion
Located in the western hills of Portland, the Pittock Mansion is an incredible French Renaissance-style mansion. Take a walk back in time by exploring the amazingly preserved house.
8. The High Desert Museum
Located near Bend, the High Desert Museum is a wonderful place to learn about local history - both natural and cultural.
7. Tillamook Air Museum
The Tillamook Air Museum is a jaw-dropping aviation museum south of Tillamook, Oregon. The museum is located inside an enormous former military blimp hangar, which is the largest clear-span wooden structure in the world.
6. Columbia River Maritime Museum
This fascinating maritime history museum is located in Astoria.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (AKA OMSI) is an awesome, interactive science and technology museum in Portland.
This ghost town, located in Wasco County, was once a gold rush town. Nowadays, walking the abandoned streets is like traveling back in time.
3. Tillamook Cheese Factory
The Tillamook Cheese Factory produces 171,000 pounds of cheese every singe day. Go see the factory for yourself,
self-guided tours are free!
2. The Oregon Zoo
Head to the Oregon Zoo in Portland to see an amazing array of animals. The zoo also hosts outdoor concerts in the summer.
1. The Oregon Coast Aquarium
This incredible aquarium in Newport will blow you away.