End of Oregon Trail
One of the things that have to come to mind while traveling to Oregon is the Oregon Trail itself, and no, we don’t mean the pioneer-aged computer game.
The Oregon Trail is the expanse that is a total of 2,000 miles from Missouri to Oregon, starting along the Missouri River and ending in historic Oregon City. The actual end of the trail is located just ½ hour southeast of Portland, the site complete with the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and Historic Site. This entire site, the museum, buildings, gardens, trails, and stores will teach you so much about the journeys taken along this trail during its time, as well as the pioneer life in general, along with the trail and in Oregon.
Inside the End of Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, you will find several, different really fun hands-on exhibits, each themed section of the center complete with costumed interpreters there to help you learn. The little ones will love playing dress up and trying their hands at pioneer crafts, such as ragdoll or candle making, and the adults will love all the new information. You can put yourself into a local pioneer's shows and pick a wagon, learn the family history, and then ‘settle in for the night’ as they would, or perhaps spend some time watching the on-site popular video ‘Bound for Oregon’. You can even choose to check your pioneer-related genealogy, play some old-time games, or spend the day immersed in crafts.
Onsite you will also see several buildings sitting beneath giant wagon frames, as well as an interpretive trail, heritage garden, and the gorgeous Abernathy Greens. Before you go be sure to head over to the Country Store and pick up any books, games, or educational souvenirs you may want!