Portland January 28, 2017
by Katherine Green The Most Criminally Overlooked Town Near Portland And Why You Need To Visit
Oregon City may not have the reputation as a destination from Portland, but that is slowly changing. This historic city, located at the end of the Oregon Trail, has plenty to offer, and what you find may just surprise you, especially if you haven’t been there in a while.
First off, there are some really lovely views along the river. With just over 30,000 residents, the city to the south seems like a small town, but yet is so accessible to Portland via the I-205.
Steeped in history, Oregon City was established in 1829 and by 1844, it held recognition as the only city west of the Rockies to be incorporated.
One of the highlights of the city is the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, where you can step back in time and explore the history of exploration in our state.
Centered in the historic district is the Oregon City Municipal Elevator, which offers some amazing (and free) views of the area, coupled with plenty of history and information for riders of all ages.
A stroll through the McLoughlin District or downtown is a great way to see this city with many buildings from the late 1800s still standing. If you are brave, consider a guided tour to all the ghost haunts around town.
Willamette Falls can be viewed from numerous places around town. There are countless scenic areas, including a disc golf course at Singer Creek Park and wonderful trails and natural areas at Clackamette Park and Canemah Bluff Natural Area.
With several new restaurants and breweries moving into the area, the dining and drinking scene has changed considerably in the last couple years. There is a lovely wine bar, Winestock Wine Shop & Wine Bar, a great wood-fired pizza spot, Mi Famiglia, and even a Scottish pub, Highland Stillhouse.
If you want a change from your usual scene, head down to this underrated town and give it a look. You will be happy you took the short trip, and hopefully, will keep going back more.
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