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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web
Once the home of an important British fur-trading outpost during the 19th century, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site today features faithful replicas of the original buildings that once spurred trade in the area. The site spreads into both Washington and Oregon, encompassing the fort itself and the former residence of Hudson Bay Co. superintendent John McLoughlin. Explore the grounds to discover the role the park played in the region's development during the colonial era and learn about the interactions between Europeans, Americans, and Native Americans. You'll find that you can access many period-outfitted rooms and facilities both within and outside the wooden walls of the outpost. Stop by the fort's museum to see displays of artifacts and objects of those that lived here, including the U.S. Army soldiers who later called the complex home. Plan to visit Fort Vancouver National Historic Site during your Vancouver vacation using our convenient Vancouver itinerary planner.
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  • When your visit Fort Vancouver National Historic Site it is like stepping into the past. The fort is the same today as the day it was occupied. The blacksmith shop still turns out verticals eg: horses...  read more »
  • Fort Vancouver is a delightful park-like setting that offers a range of activities from a wonderful interpretive center to lovely walks around the grounds. The Fort itself has amazing historical displ...  read more »
  • Such a little gem of a National Historic site in a beautiful location. The Officer's row area of the park is breathtaking with all of the old officer's housing now used by the City of Vancouver. 
  • If you're driving through Portland this is a must-see for any PNW History buff. I love feeling like I'm back in the 19th century, imagining a world less developed, clogged and dirty. It's a trip to check out what used to be and see this gem. Make sure you locate Officers Row! It's absolutely stunning.
  • I go here often for walks and picnics. The grounds are well maintained and there are views of the river and Portland hills. A beautiful historic place from a different time and well worth a visit. Great place in the area for romantic walks.
  • What can I say? A real national park right in the middle of town?! 😃 so many cool historic buildings! Officers row is beautiful. At Christmas time it's all lit up in lights and garlands. On a summers day, great to take a detour from the drive home under the shade of the tree lined row and have the fresh smell of summer evening in the air.
  • Really cool look into the early days of the northwest. I have great memories of going here on field trips as well as recent fourth of july celebrations. Highly recommended!
  • Neat place. Lots of different history in this area. I enjoyed the scenic drives and parks. The fort is pretty cool too!
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