Located just 90 minutes east of Portland, Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory is a great destination for a weekend road trip. Think nature, solace, cultural heritage and, we can’t forget, one-on-one family time.Less
Located in the heart of Government Camp (the only town five miles within Mt. Hood!), the Mt. Hood Cultural Center & Museum is an excellent starting point to dive into the region’s storied past and present. With access to six unique galleries, your family can learn about the history of skiing and mountaineering.
Take a step back in time. Located at the exact spot where Oregon Trail pioneers once camped in Oregon City as they awaited their land claims during the 1800s, this visitor center and museum highlights real-life records of these journeyers’ travels. You can also try your hand at candle dipping, butter and doll making, wagon packing, paper weaving and much more.
Young explorers will get a kick out of the countless interactive activities at Philip Foster Farm. From building a cabin with life-size Lincoln logs to grinding corn in an 1860s barn to cleaning laundry with a scrub board and wringer, you’ll get to experience daily life in the 1800s.
Also known as the vertical “Elevator Street,” this elevator was once powered by water and electricity for a 130-foot ride. Today, it stands as one of only four outdoor municipal elevators in the world, and remains the only “vertical street” in North America. Ride the elevator to the top to view downtown Oregon City from its observation deck and the neighboring McLoughlin Promenade, a 7.8-acre linear park, and don’t miss the nearby McLoughlin Conservation District’s homes.
With 19 acres for exploration, Fields Bridge Park offers an afternoon of kid-focused fun with walking paths, playgrounds and a fishing pier, to name a few. The most astonishing sight to see, next to the neighboring Tualatin River, is the Willamette Meteorite. The exhibit commemorates the 15.5-ton, iron meteorite, which is the largest in the U.S. and sixth-largest in the world.
This 26-acre community park is the perfect place to take in the Willamette River at its sandy beach by the confluence of Oswego Creek. The open grassy area above the beach is home to a historic Iron Smelter, a reminder of the area’s industrial past, and is the perfect spot for a family picnic.