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Crossing the Willamette River leads to the eastside of the Portland Metro Area, which is home to the suburbs of Clackamas, Happy Valley and Oregon City. Metro East gives you easy access to nearby skiing and snowboarding at Mount Hood and Timberline; whitewater rafting on the Columbia River; biking at nearby Shadow Ridge Trail, and trekking out to popular outside music festivals such as Pickathon.


The lines may be blurred between the communities of Happy Valley and Clackamas, but what is clear is the ample amount of opportunities for fun they both provide. Minutes from Portland via I-205, you can find natural areas where the city seems like a lifetime away, shopping opportunities at Clackamas Town Center, and fun activities like the North Clackamas Aquatic Park or Hidden Falls Nature Park.

Oregon City was the first city west of the Mississippi and the location of the first long-distance power generation thanks to the mighty Willamette Falls. From the excellent shopping and dining along the city's award winning main street to the epic view offered by the Oregon City Municipal Elevator towering above, this place is a family friendly community with character. It's also a special events hub with Oregon Trail history events, such as the Oregon Trail Game 5K and Oregon Trail Brew Fest.

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Top Happy Valley Neighborhoods: Mt. Scott, Scouters Mountain, Sunnyside

Top Oregon City Neighborhoods: Beaver Lake Estates, McLoughlin

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Take a trip back in time

Did you know that Oregon City is the official end of the Oregon Trail? Discover hands-n pioneer history at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, and learn more about Oregon’s past at the Museum of the Oregon Territory. Some of the first houses built by early pioneer settlers in Oregon are located in Oregon City and have been preserved as heritage homes that the public can visit. Catch remnants of Oregon City’s industrial history including the Oregon City municipal elevator, a “vertical main street” connecting the upper and lower areas of the city (and a way around what would otherwise be 722 steps up the cliffside!).


Drink local along the Tap Trail

The Mt. Hood Territory Tap Trail guides craft beverage lovers on a journey throughout the region where they can sample beer, cider and even spirits from some of the most talented makers out there. Happy Valley, Clackamas and Oregon City are home to a handful of stops on the trail, giving you ample opportunity to try some great creations. Stop for some brews at Little Beast Brewing or Oregon City Brewing Company, get the "incider" scoop at 12 Bridge CiderworksPortland Cider Company or Happy Valley Ciderworks, and try local spirits at Trail Distilling



Find Happy Valley's Hidden Falls

You may not expect to find a gorgeous waterfall in a city, but there just happens to be one in Happy Valley at Hidden Falls Nature Park. The paved, mile-long trail winds through the forest and across a pedestrian bridge. Just beyond the bridge, a steep path leads down to the park’s namesake, Hidden Falls, a compact waterfall that cascades into Happy Valley’s meandering Rock Creek. This hike is the perfect opportunity for families with younger kids who may not be able to go for big hikes yet, but still love to get outdoors. 


Grab a bite at a Food Cart Pod

Ah, food carts: known for being great if you’re indecisive or in a hurry. With multiple food card pods you can't go wrong wherever you go. In Oregon City, Corner 14 has reimagined the food cart pod experience where you'll want to hang around, adding a full-service bar, indoor and outdoor fireside dining spaces, and – to top it off – axe throwing! In Happy Valley, head to Happy Valley Station, a collection of nearly 20 food carts positioned around a covered, semi-enclosed dining area. 


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