Oregon City has a unique layout due to the surrounding topography. Located on the Willamette River, the city has three tiers rising from the banks. The riverfront features a beautiful waterfall and sits 50 feet above sea level, while the top tier is over 250 feet above sea level. Each terrace has developed in its own way over the years since the city was founded in the mid-1800s
Oregon City became the first capital of the Oregon Territory in 1848. It gained notoriety as the "End of the Oregon Trail." Many immigrants settled in the city after the long trip on the trail, and the city began to grow quickly. Over the course of steam power, the railroads, and the automobile, Oregon City continued to flourish. Just to the northwest, the city of Portland exploded into a cultural centerpiece for the Pacific Northwest.
The rise of Portland, Oregon greatly benefited the city of Oregon City. Oregon City boasts world-class restaurants, craft breweries, and a fantastic arts scene while avoiding the hassles of rush hour traffic and elevated crime rates.
Start exploring the city from the gorgeous Willamette Falls, the second most powerful falls in the country, and then take the Oregon City Municipal Elevator to the top of the third tier. This elevator is 130 feet high and was built back in 1915. Now updated, the elevator makes the 130-foot trip in just 15 seconds and provides wonderful views. There is an attendant on duty to escort you along and the ride is always free.
Oregon City Harvest Festival - This festival is held every October in the historic downtown area. Featuring family-friendly games and activities, the festival celebrates the community of Oregon City with local vendors, food trucks, and artists.
That's the Spirit: Downtown Spirits Walk - Every November, residents of Oregon City convene at Liberty Plaza, collect their custom cups and maps, and walk the streets of downtown in search of fantastic cocktails, beers, and wine. The streets are filled with pedestrians, and local shops stay open late.
Annual Oregon City Outdoor Antique Fair - Get out in the beautiful August weather and enjoy popup tent after popup tent of unique antiques. Held every August, this festival is a great way to find hidden treasures while enjoying local food and vendors.
Standing 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier National Park looms over Seattle and Puget Sound. While the mountain tops out at over 14,000 feet, there are over 236,000 acres below to explore. Hiking trails lead through old-growth forests and flower-filled meadows, while fresh mountain streams trickle down from the snow-capped peak and provide perfect fishing spots. There are plenty of small towns outside the entrances to the park that provide excellent restaurants, and Crystal Mountain offers skiing in the winter.
Oregon's only national park, Crater Lake National Park is home to the deepest lake in the country. The park offers over 90 miles of hiking trails, a 33-mile bike trail, multiple ski trails, and two islands on the lake. Summer activities include boat tours, SCUBA diving, and swimming, while winter activities include snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and downhill skiing.
With 60 miles of coastline and over 922,000 acres of land, Olympic National Park is worthy of its mythic name. From the Olympic peninsula to the glacial mountains and on to the temperate rainforests, this national park features a diverse ecosystem and a wide variety of wildlife. The thousands of miles of hiking trails wander through the park and lead to over 650 archeological sites that have unearthed artifacts dating back 12,000 years. When you are ready, head into nearby Seattle or Tacoma for excellent restaurants and shopping.
Milo McIver State Park sits on the Clackamas River just outside of Oregon City. The park offers hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. There is a launch area for canoes and kayaks, and there are plenty of quiet fishing spots. Take a tour of the fish hatchery before heading into Portland for a great meal.
Battle Ground Lake State Park is just north of Portland, Oregon in the state of Washington. This park features a lake that sits on top of an ancient volcano. The crystal waters provide ideal swimming, paddling, and fishing. There are miles of hiking trails through dense forests that open out to sweeping views of the green forests below.
Paradise Point State Park is a perfect place to pull off and take a dip or set up and enjoy a weekend. The park is located off Interstate 5 and is a popular spot for local swimmers. The park also has plenty of campsites in both meadows and the forest. There is an apple orchard and disc golf course as well.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington is a great place to learn about the fur trade that fueled the early exploration of the Pacific Northwest. Reconstructed military posts and fur trading forts transport you back in time, despite the bustling city of Vancouver in the backdrop.
Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks are a collection of parks in the states of Oregon and Washington that pay homage to the initial exploration of the area. The famous Lewis and Clark expedition opened the West to the spreading European settlers in the country and started the thriving coastal cities in Oregon and Washington. These parks offer excellent hiking, biking, climbing, and swimming opportunities.
Willamette National Forest sits in the Willamette Valley just outside of Eugene, Oregon. This beautiful stretch of land spreads out from the Willamette River into dense forests, glacial mountains, and fertile valleys. The park features miles of hiking trails, excellent fishing, and beautiful waterfalls. Try an easy 1.6-mile hike on the Proxy Falls Loop Trail for excellent views of Proxy Falls.
Roamer’s Rest RV Park is conveniently located off State Route 99. Sitting on the banks of the Tualatin River, the campground has lots of shaded sites. Enjoy the peace while being within a short drive of Portland.
Clackamette RV Park is run by Oregon City and keeps very affordable prices. There are miles of hiking trails adjoining the campground as well as excellent swimming and fishing areas.
Portland Fairview RV Park has all the bells and whistles to make sure you have a relaxing stay. Enjoy the local access to the gorge, the pools and hot tub, and the on-site gym.
Motorhomes are divided into Class A, B, and C vehicles. On average expect to pay $185 per night for Class A, $149 per night for Class B and $179 per night for Class C. Towable RVs include 5th Wheel, Travel Trailers, Popups, and Toy Hauler. On average, in Oregon City, OR, the 5th Wheel trailer starts at $70 per night. Pricing for the Travel Trailer begins at $60 per night, and the Popup Trailer starts at $65 per night.Do you need to be a certain age to rent an RV in Oregon City?
Yes. The minimum age is 25 to be eligible to get an RV Rental in Oregon City from RVshare.Does RVshare have emergency roadside assistance?
Yes. Every RV rental booked through RVshare receives 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.Does RVshare offer one way RV rentals in Oregon City?
Yes. Prior to renting any RV, check with the owner since not all will offer this particular option.