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Regional Hub-and-Spoke Tour
On this multi-day tour, experience the breathtaking natural beauty of the region's only National Scenic Area, the Columbia River Gorge, and visit historic places such as the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. In addition, explore the awesome landscapes of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and tour the famous Pendleton Woolen Mill while making Vancouver USA your hub for the week!
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
Home to various species of spring and fall migrating birds and year-round activity, the wildlife refuge is the area where the Lewis and Clark expedition stopped in November 1805 and again in March 1806. While there, they traded with the Native American’s, who resided at one of the largest Chinookan villages in the area. It also contains the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, a full scale Chinookan Plankhouse reconstructed based on archaeological evidence found at the site to commemorate the natives.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Take a step back in time at Fort Vancouver with guided tours from knowledgeable Park Rangers, re-enactors portraying the daily life at the Hudson’s Bay Company, and annual events including Campfires and Candlelight, Lantern Tours, and Tales of the Engage.
Pearson Air Museum
Located at one of the oldest operating airfields in the United States, Pearson Air Museum features an extensive display of pre-WWII planes, a flight simulator and rotating exhibits that promise to take you back to the “Golden Age of Aviation.”
There aren’t many more picturesque places for a leisurely stroll than along Officers Row, with historical houses built in the style of Queen Anne Victorian architecture lining the road. Two must-see’s on this stretch are the Grant House, now home to an award-winning restaurant, and the General George C. Marshall House, which is open for tours.
Pendleton Woolen Mill
At this world-famous destination, see first-hand the state-of-the-art dye house, the spinning, weaving, and finishing of the distinctive quality Indian blankets. Be sure to stop at the mill store, stocked with a full array of men’s and women’s clothing and the world famous blankets.
At the core of an extinct volcano, Beacon Rock offers a challenging hike for those looking for one of the best views of the Columbia River Gorge you can possibly find!
Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
Located in Stevenson, Washington, this 11,000 square feet museum features exhibits highlighting Native American life, 19th century fishing and transportation, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and also includes one of the world’s largest rosary collection.
Located on the mighty Columbia River and built in 1937, this 2,690-feet long and 197-feet high dam is a sight to behold. While you’re there, make sure to explore the historical exhibits and the underwater fish viewing station, where you can see salmon and sturgeon swim upriver.
The second-highest year-round waterfall in the U.S. offers ideal photo opportunities as well as an adventurous climb to the top.
Mount St. Helens
On May 19, 1980, the eyes of the country were on Mount St. Helens as it erupted and left us all in awe of the powerful act of nature. Now, 30-plus years later, the volcano is a must-see for all visitors, who can take advantage of the various programs, exhibits and viewpoints offered. The Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center, Forest Learning Center and Johnston Ridge Observatory all offer unique views of the volcano as well as educational exhibits. Plus, don’t forget about all the hiking trails just waiting to be explored in the surrounding Gifford Pinchot National Forest!