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Ride along the Oregon Trail

Updated on November 13, 2016

Bekah Brunstetter’s play The Oregon Trail weaves together historical fiction with a '90s era deconstructionist flair to create a singular telling of this 19th century pioneering expedition from the Missouri prairie to Oregon's mountains and valleys. After viewing this play, which runs through November 20th at Portland Center Stage, visitors are invited to make their own history by venturing on to this trail themselves.


Travel the Trail

Thanks to a grant from Travel Oregon, interested parties can take this adventure from the stage to the great outdoors by setting foot on this trail. A “Travel the Trail” vacation itinerary will be available to each audience member or available online. Also, everyone who sees the show will have a chance to enter a drawing for a “Travel the Trail” vacation package. This grand prize includes free accommodations and meals, as well asadmission to all destinations listed in this six-day itinerary.

The "Travel the Trail" vacation itinerary includes opportunities for the following adventures:

  • Hiking the end of the Oregon Trail at Oregon City
  • Seeing Barlow Road and the Pioneer Woman’s Grave at Mt. Hood
  • Exploring the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum in The Dalles
  • Touring the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton
  • Visiting the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City
  • Taking a jet boat tour of Hells Canyon with Hells Canyon Adventures

Visit End of the Oregon Trail Center

Those looking for a short day trip can consider visiting the End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City. This jaunt will give one the opportunity to spend an afternoon walking back in history. Adventure cyclists should tuned for the opening in Winter 2016 of the First City Central Marketplace & Bistro at Oregon City Amtrak Station. This bicycle-themed noshery and gathering place will be located at the Amtrak Train Depot just minutes from Willamette Falls, the 2nd largest waterfall by volume in the U.S. after Niagara. Cycling enthusiasts will be able to load their bikes onto Amtrak trains from as far north as Vancouver, BC, and as far south as Eugene, and then step out onto the platform at Oregon City. The bike bistro will feature bicycle sales and rentals, along with craft brews, gourmet coffees, fresh local food, and more.

Share the journey

During their trek, travelers will be encouraged to share their experiences on social media by using #travelthetrail.

The “Travel the Trail” itinerary represents the first of two travel itineraries that will be released during Portland Center Stage's 2016-2017 Northwest Stories series. So stay tuned for the next adventure that blends together postmodern culture with the historical past to create unique vacation opportunities.


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