Welcome to Mt. Hood Territory, Histo-farm-karter family! We've taken the liberty of gathering some trip ideas that should be right up your alley.
Our history is alive and well in Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory. As the official end of the Oregon Trail, there are countless stories of the many pioneers who made the month's long journey here. Check out a piece of the Oregon Trail that still exists today along the Barlow Road, Laurel Hill Chute. Experience pioneer lifestyle for yourself at Philip Foster Farm in Eagle Creek.
Head over to Sandy to explore the Sandy Historical Museum. Located exactly where wagons used to tread many years ago. While in town, be sure to see Jonsrud Viewpoint for an iconic view of Mt. Hood, plus a look at the path the wagon trains took to get around the imposing mountain.
Make your way to Oregon City where you'll find a wide array of historic sites. The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is an immense, hands-on museum that has all sorts of fun exhibits and activities that are fun for the whole family. Take a walking tour that tells the rich history of the men and women who helped shape Oregon City and the state itself.
You're intrigued by fresh produce. In love with the smell of blooming flowers. You go gaga when you see a cute animal. We get you, we're like that too. So here's where your family can get its farm fix, you adventurous HistoFarmKarter you.
During the spring, be sure to visit the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival near Canby. You'll see acres upon acres of colorful flowers. If you're visit is in late June, check out the Clackamas County Lavender Festival at Liberty Natural Products' lavender farm outside Oregon City. Then in July both Eagle Creek Lavender and Barn Owl Nursery keep the lavender festival spirit alive as they open their doors to showcase everything this versatile flower can do. The last weekend of August and first weekend in September is the annual Swan Island Dahlia Festival. Prepare to be amazed by the sheer variety and colors of these amazing blooms. For year-round flower action, head over to Lake Oswego's Rogerson Clematis Garden for hundreds of different flowers of all shapes and sizes.
For animal experiences, visit Rosse Posse Acres Elk Farm in Molalla. This working elk ranch boasts around 70 of these majestic creatures, which you can come almost face to face with on your tour. Nearby is Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch. These playful creatures are so much fun to be around, and their wool makes for wonderful apparel, which you can purchase on site at their store. If you're really looking for a relaxing time, try some alpaca yoga.
Pat's Acres is the preeminent racing complex for go-karting in the region. The fun course has enough twists and turns to challenge experienced riders, but is fun for all 12 and up. For younger drivers, head over to the Family Fun Center in Wilsonville. Not only can you race around in their go-karts but there are a dozen other adrenaline pumping activities exciting for the whole family to enjoy.
If you want to learn more about famous people who went fast and the vehicles that took them to high speeds, check out the World of Speed Museum, also in Wilsonville. It's an amazing facility with awe-inspiring exhibits and historic cars from every era of racing. Head up to the Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl for some high-elevation racing action at their Malibu Speedway. Once you're done taking laps around the race track, explore the more than 20 other attractions they have there, including more fast-action on the Alpine Slide.