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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

612 East Reserve Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
+1 360-816-6230
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Ranked #1 of 34 Attractions in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Explore the lands and structures at the center of fur trade and military history in the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the diverse cultures who lived and worked here. Enjoy relaxing trails along the Columbia River and Village. Experience costumed programs, hands-on education activities, engaging living history events, creative media and a world-class archaeology collection. Connect to the past.

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Astoria oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Historic Fort Vancouver is located on the Columbia River. This old historic site worth visiting, as well as Fort Clatsop where Lewis and Clark wintere, located just out of Astoria. Return? Yes Recommend. Yes

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Vancouver, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Okay, so your kids would rather ride their bikes on the paths by the Columbia River. Well, let them park the bikes here and take in a little history too! Way fun are the candlelight tours over some holidays. The actors in period costume really get into their roles, telling the stories of events that took place here in early... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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27 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is one of the best historic sites in the northwest. My wife and I were married in the old Red Cross building at Fort Vancouver very nice. Just enjoy a nice walk around the grounds they are very nice.

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The folks here do a great job bringing history alive, especially during their special events. Christmas at the Fort makes you feel like you've stepped back in time with all the sounds, sights and even smells. Throughout the year, children, teens and adults often are dressed in period clothes and impart a lot about what life was like there. If... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We lived close and used to ride our bikes down to the Fort and participate in different activities and, when friends were visiting, we would take a tour. The kids enjoyed taking the unguided tours and getting history in small doses, then maybe asking the rangers/guides questions about specific activities. We loved the outside events like old-time baseball and the... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Volunteer docents did a great job explaining the history of the fort and about the trades that they were demonstrating. This is also a great site to visit prior to getting to the airport at the end of your trip. (real close by to Portland airport)

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Even though it was a rainy day when my sons and I visited the site there were people there dressed in the old ways, teaching people how to be a blacksmith, cure venison, make candles, work with wood. Of course the boys loved the sentry stations, the jail and the "hidden doors" in the fort walls. There is a lot... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I had been outside the fort with my dog a few times but finally went in to see the interior of the walls. I thought that it was interesting and informative, with a couple of very enthusiastic employees who gave out some interesting info. If you are in the area, stop in!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Unique house visited by U. S. Grant in Ft. Vancouver. Wonderful room and we enjoyed the menu with a beet risotto for me and others had the beet salad. The beet risotto had lots of cauliflower cooked al dente. We shared the pumpkin cheesecake and apple turnover. Others had the beet salad and salmon. All raved.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Great place to take the kids lots of history, the staff is great very informative. The grapes at the big house are sooooo good too ;)

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