Hub of the “Oregon Trail” Fort Vancouver is a National Historic Site. One of over 380 parks in the National Park System.

Located on the north bank of the Columbia River, in sight of snowy mountain peaks and a vibrant urban landscape, this park has a rich cultural past. From a frontier fur trading post, to a powerful military legacy, the magic of flight, and the origin of the American Pacific Northwest, history is shared at four unique sites. Discover stories of transition, settlement, conflict, and community.

Fort Vancouver was a 19th-century fur trading hub that was the headquarters of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Since 1966 several buildings have been reconstituted on their original location. As you arrive and walk through the front gates it gives you an idea of what life was like when Fort Vancouver was the most important settlement in the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to Ft Vancouver, there is a must visit to Pearson Field, one of the Nation’s Oldest Operating Airfields. The Pearson Air Museum is an aviation museum at Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington, USA. Managed by the National Park Service as part of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, museum exhibits …Fascinating and informative self guided tour which takes approx 1  to 2  hours and admission is FREE.


After all of the walking and touring it’s time for lunch at “The Grant House”. Tucked away on Officers Row in Vancouver’s Historic Reserve is an exceptional dining experience.  Vancouver’s Best Kept Secret!

Whether you’re in the mood to relax with a glass of wine on their veranda, have a leisurely lunch on the garden patio, or join them for dinner.  We joined the grant house for lunch and it was very memorable. Here is a little example of a featured soup.

F A L L   C H O W D E R   $4/$6
Locally grown pumpkin, butternut squash, yams and sweet potatoes stewed with a fall spiced cream, topped with candied bacon & toasted pumpkin seeds.

Visitor Information:
Address: 1501 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661
Facilities at Fort Vancouver NHS, including the reconstructed fort, Pearson Air Museum, and the Visitor Center, will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 am to 4 pm, and closed Sundays and Mondays.
Phone: (360) 816-6230
Management: National Park Service
Architect: John McLoughlin

Until Our Next Road Trip Cheers from Just Around The Bend ♥