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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver
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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 theĀ 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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  • Easy to walk around and so exciting to see what it was like in the days of the original Fort Vancouver! Great posted information really brings the people to life. 
  • National Parks Rangers were very helpful. The blacksmith's shop and the store were staffed and the volunteers were happy to answer questions. The Marshall House was also worth the visit. Another volun...  more »
  • It's free and would be better on a non-rainy day. The historic house was a disappointment when you've seen such great historic houses. 
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  • I have walked Officers Row, and wondered in and around the old hospital. But never have I been inside the actual Fort. What a gem! So cool. Blacksmith shop, and buildings with information inside. Neat views too from the tower. Look to spend about an hour wondering around. Planes near by at Pearson fun to watch too.
  • What can I say? A real national park right in the middle of town?! šŸ˜ƒ 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!
  • 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.