Situated near the southern limits of the Portland metropolitan area on the Willamette River, Oregon City is a lovely city with diverse attractions. From historical sites and pioneer museums to cultural fascinations, recreational opportunities and North America’s only “vertical street,” there’s something for every type of visitor. Here are some can’t-miss attractions for your upcoming visit.
Oregon City Municipal Elevator
Connecting two different neighborhoods, this 130-foot-high attraction is the only outdoor municipal elevator in the United States and one of only four in the entire world. Built in 1915, the Oregon City Municipal Elevator offers stunning views of the city, along with compelling insight into the region’s history.
Lake Oswego Farmers Market
Discover the agricultural bounty of the Pacific Northwest at this sprawling farmers market. Averaging more than 80 vendors each week, Lake Oswego Farmers Market offers a wide array of superior meats, fresh seafood, fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheeses, jams, jellies, artisan breads, baked goods, hot foods, nursery items and more.
Second only to Niagara in terms of largest waterfall by volume in the United States, Willamette Falls is a sight to behold. A horseshoe-shaped waterfall which plunges more than 40 feet over a basalt ledge, this scenic attraction includes a museum that gives incredible insight into how the falls have played a key role in the city’s history.
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
Located between the Eastmoreland Golf Course and Reed College, this gorgeous botanical garden showcases more than nine acres of rare and exotic plants. Discover an incredible collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and other lovely ericaceous plants along with numerous unusual trees and companion plants.
Villa Catalana Cellars
Situated about thirty minutes south of Portland between Oregon City and Canby, this small winery crafts a number of distinctive blends. It also includes an inviting tasting room, along with lush gardens that have a Mediterranean feel with Italian Cypress and olive trees and unusual tropical plants, including succulents, cacti and other exotics.
End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
Immerse yourself in the history of the Pacific Northwest at this interactive destination for visitors of every age. See how Oregonians lived in the mid-1800s and enjoy pioneer games and crafts, a guided walk and special events led by costumed guides who remain in character through the entirety of your visit.