Discover the end of the Oregon Trail with its 175th anniversary in 2018.
The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers living history demonstrations, interpretive programmes, exhibits, multimedia presentations, special events and more than four miles of interpretive trails. Visitors are transported along the 2,000-mile journey of the Oregon Trail via vast galleries with life-size trail dioramas, replica wagons and authentic artefacts. The permanent-exhibit galleries take visitors through the experiences of preparing for the journey, life on the trail, interaction between immigrants and natives, dangers and challenges, settlement and homesteading in Oregon. The exhibits are self-guided and include interactive displays and several short interpretive videos. In 2018, the pioneer spirit comes alive in Oregon for the 175th-anniversary of the Historic Oregon Trail. This famous wagon route, spanning 2,170 miles, was the largest migration in American history. Rediscover Oregon from the perspective of those brave pioneers — while making your own Oregon Trail story along the way.
Pendleton Round up and Pow Wow
Although the rodeo is the heart of Oregon’s Round-Up week, Round-Up refers to all of the excitement that draws thousands of visitors annually to Pendleton in the second week in September. Pendleton’s Main Street is closed to motorised traffic and becomes the carnival grounds, with vendors and live music throughout the week. Whether it’s the Happy Canyon Night Show Pageant, the Indian Pow-Wows and hand-crafted jewelry stalls, the Westward-Ho! Parade or the nightly shows on Main Street, the whole town transforms into a fun-filled festival with something for everyone.
Lewis and Clark National Historic Park Experience in Astoria
Explore the timeless rainforests and majestic coastal vistas, discover the rich heritage of the native people and unfold the dramatic stories of America’s most famous explorers. Step into the Fort Clatsop replica at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and you’ll get a real sense of what the Corps of Discovery experienced more than 200 years ago. It looks, smells and feels pretty much the same. In peak season, rangers in buckskins offer demonstrations such as flintlock gun-shooting, hide-tanning and candle-making. Check out the historic canoe-landing and consider hiking one of the nearby trails. The Visitor Center features excellent films, displays and a bookstore with Lewis and Clark Expedition-related books, media and more. Don’t miss the fun, free activity book; little ones can even become a Junior Ranger. The Lewis and Clark National Historical Park also hosts a number of free lectures and special events throughout the year.
Historic Portland Walking Tour
Portlanders love to see – and show off – their city on foot. You can find a number of walking tours throughout the city, from Know Your City with its ‘People’s History of Portland Tour’ (exploring Chinatown and Portland’s musical history), to Secrets of Portlandia’s walking tour, which covers everything from Portland’s seedy history to the Voodoo Doughnut-origin story. History and culture are always just a few steps away here…