Pick up a Pendleton, Oregon, RV rental to explore this amazing city and the surrounding areas. Virtually every type of RV is available to rent. While Class C motorhomes are the most plentiful, there are more than enough Class A, Class B, and even fifth-wheel trailers, travel trailers, toy haulers, and pop-up campers to choose from. Looking for something to tow behind the average car or SUV? You’ve got options. Looking for a behemoth on wheels to house you and 10 of your closest friends? You’re in luck as well. With rental prices starting at just $60 per night for a travel trailer, you could be on the road and RVing for much less money than you might expect.
While Pendleton has its share of amazing things to see and do in the near vicinity, there are a few enticing places nearby to check out if you have a day or longer.
The city of Echo, Oregon, is located approximately 25 miles to the northwest of Pendleton and is steeped in history. The Oregon Trail passes through town, and you can learn more about it at Fort Henrietta Park. Echo is also home to 10 National Register of Historic Places buildings, including Saint Peter's Catholic Church, the Umatilla Masonic Lodge Hall, and the Cunha Farmstead.
Hermiston, Oregon, is a 30-minute drive to the northwest that makes for a great weekend getaway. Situated close to the mighty Columbia River with boating and fishing opportunities, there is an aquatic center, bowling, parks, museums, a raceway, and a wildlife refuge, not to mention the historic downtown district with its seasonal events.
Approximately 45 minutes away is Walla Walla, Washington, home of the famously sweet onion. A small-town foodie haven and college town, Walla Walla features several wineries in the area along with breweries, cideries, distilleries, parks, and national historic sites. Whether for the day or an extended trip, Walla Walla is another fantastic choice near Pendleton.
Originally home to many Native American tribes, among them the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla, Pendleton is a trading post that Dr. William C. McKay set up to serve the increasing European-American population in the area. Pendleton was officially incorporated in 1880. The town is now synonymous with two things that give a glimpse of its history: The Pendleton Roundup and Pendleton Woolen Mills. Both are traditions that go back over 100 years.
Pendleton has performed a difficult balancing act by holding onto the past while embracing the modern area. Home to just over 17,000 people, the town has a semi-arid climate with hot summers but short, cool winters. Historic areas of the town have been preserved, and several museums are popular destinations, including the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, the Heritage Station Museum, and the Pendleton Center for the Arts. The nearby Wildhorse Casino, owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, combines gambling, fine dining, a tribal museum, an 18-hole golf course, a movie theater, and an RV park.
The Umatilla River, which runs through town, and the nearby McKay Reservoir provide boating and fishing options or simply wildlife watching. Hunting in season is an option for those who are interested although advance planning for tags is required for public land hunting. If you don’t have that kind of time, there are several hunting ranches in the area that provide off-season options.
You can also take an underground tour, highlighting and chronicling the history of the Chinese immigrants in the area who were not allowed outside after dark. Instead of staying home, they built underground tunnels to neighboring locations until an entire network of underground businesses, both legal and illegal, both Chinese and non-Chinese, thrived. Re-discovered in the 1980s when potholes in the streets above began to form, much of the tunnel system has been either preserved or recreated and can be toured.
Hermiston, Oregon – A quick 30-minute drive away and part of the same micropolitan area, Hermiston, while only slightly larger, offers a different but equally unique feel to Pendleton. Famous for its watermelons, Hermiston features a wide range of activities to do and places to see in this charming town.
Walla Walla, Washington – Competing with Kennewick for the title of "Wine Capital of Washington," Walla Walla has over 120 wineries, a lovely college town feel, and dozens of restaurants to satisfy your inner foodie.
Kennewick, Washington – Located near where both the Yakima and Snake Rivers join the mighty Columbia River, it is home to more than 200 wineries in a 50-mile radius. With 300 days of sun every year, numerous spring crops, and orchards to choose from along with a plethora of outdoor activities, it’s a solid RV destination.
While the Pacific Northwest is known for its vast forests and beautiful trees, Pendleton’s location in the high deserts of eastern Oregon lends it a different kind of beauty. If you’re looking for more traditional Pacific NW parks, both North Cascades National Park, which is home to Mount Baker and numerous other destinations, and Mount Rainier National Park can provide that vibe. High mountains, hiking, skiing, camping, lakes, rivers — they’ve got it all and are quintessential Pacific Northwest destinations.
If you’re looking for quiet state parks, you’re in luck. Near Pendleton, you have numerous options. Wallowa Lake State Park is near both the Nez Perce National Historic Park as well as the area of Oregon known as the Little Alps. Brooks Memorial State Park offers 682 acres of woodland refuge with several cozy campgrounds dotted throughout the park. And Potholes State Park, named for its unique geological water carvings, provides year-round water activities.
The Heritage Station Museum is probably one of the most visited places in Pendleton, providing visitors with a diverse history of the area. The McKay Reservoir and Tamástslikt Cultural Institute are places that should not be missed either. Hat Rock, a 70-foot spire of exposed basalt, is the centerpiece of Hat Rock State Park, which offers picnicking and access to Lake Wallula and is about 40 minutes away from Pendleton.
While there are some RV sites in Pendleton, there are also quite a few in the surrounding area with nearby Kennewick being a popular choice. Columbia Sun RV Resort is a great choice if you want to be in more of a town setting. If you’re looking for quiet, simple, and clean, then Franklin County RV Park should be your choice. It may not have all the bells and whistles of other places, but it will have all you need. And if you’re looking for boating and fishing right next to you, Hood Park is a great, economical choice.
Dump stations are an inevitable part of RV life. Knowing where they are and which ones are good can make a trip that much more enjoyable. If you’re in need, the KOA in Kennewick is a good choice as is the one in Pendleton, but they’re only available if you’re a guest. Hat Rock Campground in Hermiston is $5 for non-guests while the Heritage Station Museum asks for a donation.
If you need or want to store your RV for some time, Keylock Storage is a good choice. It has 12-feet-by-20-feet and 12-feet-by-40-feet spaces available. Town and Country Storage offers both covered and uncovered storage for either short- or long-term RV storage. RV’s Storage Center also offers some spaces.
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 Pendleton, 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 Pendleton?
Yes. The minimum age is 25 to be eligible to get an RV Rental in Pendleton 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 Pendleton?
Yes. Prior to renting any RV, check with the owner since not all will offer this particular option.