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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

612 East Reserve Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
800-832-3599; 360-696-7655
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Ranked #1 of 34 attractions in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Several buildings, complete with period furnishings, have been reconstructed to honor the early 19th-century trading post called Fort Vancouver, which... more » Owner description: Several buildings, complete with period furnishings, have been reconstructed to honor the early 19th-century trading post called Fort Vancouver, which thrived as a major center of commerce during the settlement of the Pacific Northwest. « less
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Fairfax, Virginia
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135 reviews 135 reviews
113 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We took a day trip out of our home base in Portland to visit this sight and it didn't disappoint. The restored buildings made us feel as if we were back in time.

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Chandler, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

A good stop for historical information. Not a spectacular area but we enjoyed it. The blacksmith shop was informational with two themed "blacksmiths" giving demonstrations on the day we were there.

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Puyallup, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Have always driven passed but stopped this time to enjoy the wonderful architecture of the officer's residences and the barracks. Too bad things must be boarded up.

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Zhuhai, China
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Love Fort Vancouver - we were here on July 4th for the celebrations, and it was such a great place to be. The park is very well maintained, with beautiful trees, restored historic homes, old barracks with lots of character, and history everywhere you look. Definitely a highlight of our time in Vancouver, WA.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My family and I love learning and exploring history. Fort Vancouver was definitely on the mark for what we were looking for. Our two kids loved being able to actually see people working with iron, touching furs and exploring all the beautiful buildings. In addition to exploring the fort you must see the rest of the historical site where there... More

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Jacksonville, fl
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Clean lovely park. Lots of history. Liked the officer quarters and the visitors center, the fort and the air museum

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LA/OC
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10 reviews 10 reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

If you and / or your family are interested in history, you’ll like this visit. Frankly, I learned a lot. You learn about regional history, and how it integrates with US history.

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Vancouver, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Captain Vancouver would be proud of his old/new fort. Recreated so well and with great information guides. Located sooooclose to I-5 and also the old homes along Evergreen Blvd. with stately homes and trees. You can almost hear and feel the "old timers" Also stop and have lunch at The Grant House. You won't be sorry.

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Independence, Oregon, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Conveniently located just off I-5 and a pleasant rest stop. Just passing through? Take an hour break, stretch your legs, and see how the early settlers lived and stayed safe along the Columbia River. The fort is "cool" and the re-creations are interesting. It's especially great for the kids (6+).

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New York City, New York
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This is a site worth visiting because of its historic significance. We did not get to see the Aerial Museum, which was closed on our Monday visit, and that looks special. Most of the buildings in the site are not open to the public, and many are boarded up, at least in early June. The fort itself has a number... More

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