Just a stone’s throw from Portland, Oregon City is a pleasant vacation destination that should not be overlooked. Oregon City was established in 1829 by the Hudson’s Bay Company and has the distinction of being the very first incorporated city west of the Rocky Mountains. The city is steeped in history and tradition dating back to the European pioneers whose perilous journey along the Oregon Trail would eventually lead them to salvation in the form of heavenly land on the banks of the mighty Willamette River. Even before the arrival of the pioneers, the area was sacred to local indigenous tribes who lived in the area for thousands of years and worshipped the Willamette River and the Willamette Falls for the food they provided. The center of this charming city still retains its character from the pioneer days, and the historic buildings from the mid-1800s can still be spotted to this day.
Off of Interstate 205, Oregon City is closely linked to Portland, and is easy to reach from any city in the region. Interstate 5, which runs through nearby Portland, reaches all the way north to Olympia and Seattle in Washington, and as far south as Los Angeles, California. Amtrak offers trains to Eugene, while the Trimet, in conjunction with SCTD and SMART, ensure that you can reach anywhere you could possibly go in the greater Portland area by means of affordable public transportation. If you want to discover Portland and the rest of the state of Oregon, book an RV in Oregon City and you will not be disappointed.
Experience the Sites and Scenery
Oregon City is incredible, but chances are the unreal natural beauty of the Beaver State has captivated and enticed you to rent an RV. First and foremost, Oregon City is dedicated to providing residents and visitors with the pleasure of having 22 lovely parks located within the city limits. Clackamette Park is one of the city’s larger parks and has a public boat launch, docks, a skateboard park, and even an RV park for you to park your Oregon City RV rental by owner.
Outside the city, you can visit Tillamook out by the coast and see the Tillamook State Forest. Only 40 miles from Portland, the rainforest is dominated by Douglas fir trees and is considered one of the wettest spots in the country, with over 100 inches of rain falling here annually. There are many places to camp, backpack, hike, and view wildlife when you visit. Perhaps one of the more obvious places to visit, considering the specter of Mount Hood hanging over the Oregon City skyline, is Mount Hood National Forest. This massive swath of land contains nearly 400,000 acres of old growth forest and is perfect for many outdoor activities like wild berry collecting, mushroom hunting, fishing, hunting, skiing in the winter, and hiking along the stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail that runs through the forest. With an astonishing eight total wilderness areas, locals have been campaigning for years to have the incredible stretch of land classified as a protected national park.
When you rent an RV in Oregon City, you also have the option of driving to any of the state’s many national forests (there are 11 in total). Gifford Pinchot National Forest is just over the state line and across the Columbia River in Washington state. Gifford Pinchot has 1.32 million acres of pristine old growth forest, high mountain meadows dotted with wildflowers, and even several prehistoric glaciers. Additionally, the forest is home to Mount Adams, the second largest Volcano in Washington.
If you are feeling up for a road trip, Crater Lake National Park is amongst the most gorgeous places on Earth and should be seen by everyone at least once. The park is home to the deepest lake in the United States, coming in at a whopping 1,943 feet deep. Even more fascinating, the lake sits in the remnants of Mount Mazama, a volcano that erupted and collapsed around seven thousand years ago. There's lots to do at Crater Lake, including driving, hiking, or biking around the rim road surrounding the lake, but simply taking your Oregon City camper rental there and seeing the natural monument is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Oregon City is chock-full of beautiful old buildings, green parks, and unique landmarks. The Oregon City Municipal Elevator is one of the stranger things to see in Oregon City, but is undoubtedly one of the most famous and popular attractions. Built in 1912 after a vote by the local citizens, this initially water-powered elevator formerly took four minutes to reach the top, but since receiving a facelift and system upgrade, the ride has been cut down to 30 seconds. The observation deck at the top enables you to take a glimpse of the quaint little town in all its glory. The Oregon City Arch Bridge is another landmark that is hard to miss, as it serves as one of the main roads in town. From here you can walk across the Willamette River and even gaze upon the beautiful Willamette Falls. The Willamette Falls Riverwalk is also a great way to see all the town has to offer. Last but not least, the Clackamas County Historical Museum and the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center both offer visitors a chance to gain an understanding of the extremes that settlers had to endure while traveling to the Oregon territory. With exhibits and old artifacts, these museums are fun ways to spend a day when you rent an RV in Oregon City on your next vacation.
Where to Park It
Oregon City is an excellent place to rent an RV because the townsfolk are lovely people, and there are so many places to stay in the area. In the middle of town, the aforementioned Clackamette Park has its very own RV camping section that is great for people who want to explore on foot. Pheasant Ridge RV Resort has all you need on site, with a gas station, grocery store, a pool, and much more. Pheasant Ridge is also within walking distance of many shops, restaurants, golf courses, and other local attractions.
Riverside RV Park is a hospitable place for weary travelers to rest and is located on the banks of the Molalla River. With spectacular views, you will enjoy this sleepy little park and the relaxation that comes with it. There are many other places to park your Oregon City motorhome rental, both around town and beyond, so don’t hesitate to start planning your next trip now.