What to do and see in Fairview, United States: The Best Places and Tips

September 27, 2017 Ying Subia

Fairview in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Hiking Trails. Discover best things to do in Fairview with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
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1. Columbia River Highway

State Highway 30 from Troutdale to The Dalles, Troutdale, OR 97060 +1 888-275-6368
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5 based on 414 reviews

Columbia River Highway

A historical highway built as the first paved road in the Northwestern portion of Oregon.

Reviewed By roxyrue1 - Troutdale, Oregon

This is a sight not to be missed when visiting Oregon. Especially at Sunset. I live close and feel blessed to have such a wonderful getaway. It is on the Old Columbia River Hwy which leads to another steller sight, Multnomah Falls. Be advised that unfortunately due to a large fall forest fire the sight is closed at least until spring due to dangerous rock slides. So if you are planning a summer trip hopefully things will open up. It's a one of a kind scenic view of the mighty Columbia River Gorge with some great history.

2. Blue Lake Regional Park

20500 NE Marine Dr, Fairview, OR 97024-9701 +1 503-797-1850
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4 based on 20 reviews

Blue Lake Regional Park

Metro's Blue Lake Regional Park, located just 20 minutes from downtown Portland, offers a wealth of recreational opportunities for people of all ages. Blue Lake is a 64-acre natural lake fed by underground springs. Children under 5 years of age are not allowed in the lake to help keep the water clean, but there is a spray ground for all ages with colorful features that shower, gush, dump and pour water. Visitors can also rent a paddle boat, row boat or canoe to explore Blue Lake. Blue Lake Regional Park provides opportunities for boating, fishing and swimming, and makes a beautiful backdrop for hundreds of family picnics, community events and special programs throughout the year. Water spray ground. Splash into Blue Lake's action-packed spray ground with colorful features that shower, gush, dump and pour water. On hot summer days the spray ground is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Picnic reservations. Covered shelters and reservable picnic areas are available for gatherings of family and friends. Reservations are necessary for groups of 25 people or more. First-come, first-served tables for small groups are available along the lake front. The Lake House: in a beautiful garden setting overlooking Blue Lake, The Lake House provides a tranquil setting for weddings, receptions, recitals, memorial services, corporate functions and meetings. Boating at the lake. Paddle boats, row boats and canoes are available to rent at Blue Lake between May 1 and Sept. 30. For more information about boat rentals, call 503-661-6087. Privately owned watercraft are allowed on the lake for the purpose of angling between Oct. 1 and April 30, as long as they do not exceed 14 feet in length (17 feet for canoes) and 3.0 horsepower in motor capability.

Reviewed By marksmallwood - Portland, Oregon

Blue Lake Regional Park is officially in Fairview, Oregon, just off of Marine Drive and near 233rd Drive. If you are coming from Portland, you can take the 84 East and once you start seeing signs for Gresham, you should see signs for Blue Lake Park. You can also reach the park from Marine Drive, if you're coming from North or NE Portland.

The Park is quite large and boasts many different activities: a disc golf course, swimming for children over 5 and adults, a small but well-used water spray play area, a nature walk, large covered picnic areas, paddleboat rentals, and the wonderful Discovery Garden. Large trees are abundant around the park.

Drawbacks are that entrance to the park is not free and dogs are not allowed in the park. So leave the pooch at home. Park fees are $5 to $7 per car or trailer, and the park is open from 8 a.m. until legal sunset, whenever that happens to be on the day you're there.

If you take the kids, by all means visit the Discovery Garden which is right next to the water play toward the west side of the park. Metro specialists put a lot of thought into building this garden a few years ago, and their creativity and care really show. In addition to showing off several different types of gardens, such as a small vegetable garden, and container gardening ideas, they have rain gardens, butterfly gardens, and more. A couple types of compost bin are available to look at, as well as a worm bin, covered area with tables and benches where adults and kids can perform a number of different fun activities, that also might teach them a thing or two about sustainable gardening, water use, insects, and native plants. One of the most popular activities is a Bingo scavenger hunt, in which children and their parents are given a laminated card containing a dozen or so photographs of plants and critters (worms, butterflies, birds, squirrels). Children who at first seem a bit daunted by the garden are soon engaged in finding worms and sow bugs in the worm bin, a rascally frog in the compost bin, and numbers of flowers, leaf types, berries, and vegetables in the Discovery Garden. I've been a couple of times and have found some children engaged in Discovery Garden activities for more than an hour. They seem to come away with a new appreciation for just how much you can find in our own backyard. And parents find it useful to ask questions about plants and gardening, and to pick up free resource materials provided by the Metro team.

This is a great setting in which to spend a few hours or all day just playing and relaxing with your family.

3. Liberty Theatre of Camas-Washougal

315 NE 4th Ave, Camas, WA 98607-2127 +1 360-859-9555
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4.5 based on 62 reviews

Liberty Theatre of Camas-Washougal

The charm of a classic movie theatre with modern amenities and a wide range of programming at family friendly affordable prices. When you arrive at the Liberty you will step back in time to the days of the grand movie palaces. Both our 342 seat main auditorium as well as our intimate Granada Studio offer comfortable seating and a stunning picture and sound presentation with state of the art 2K Digital Projection and full surround sound. The theatre shows Hollywood hits along with award-winning art and independent films. The Liberty is the exclusive Clark County presenter of prestigious stage to screen presentations of National Theatre Live, The Bolshoi Ballet, World-Class Operas, Branagh Theatre, Art and Architecture and more. The theatre snack bar features traditional movie treats including the Liberty signature popcorn popped in Canola oil with Sea Salt, Pepsi products, alternative beverage selections and a wide assortment of candy including some retro-favorites. We serve a selection of Craft Beers including Mill City BrewWerks and Wine from the Pacific Northwest and California. Our concessions prices are lower than most mainstream theatres.

Reviewed By abanner2016 - Camas, Washington

This is an old theater with vintage appeal. Old movies are shown often and many times, they have movies appropriate for children of all ages. This theater has a charm of its own unlike the mega-movie theater venues that abound.

4. Gresham Japanese Garden

219 S Main Ave, Gresham, OR 97080-7115
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Gresham Japanese Garden

Reviewed By RSNN - Portland, Oregon

I was expected something a bit larger. So I was totally surprise to cross the bridge into the Japanese Garden to find that there wasn't that mush further for me to walk before I had pretty much seen it all. Nice to see what it is. And that it is free to the public to enjoy.
But not for me.

5. Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge

State Rte 14 and 15th St, Washougal, WA 98671
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Reviewed By Rick D - Portland, Oregon

I've been visiting Steigerwald Lake NWR since 2010 and it's my favorite spot for birding, walking, and getting away from the urban activity of Portland. It's also one of the most beautiful spots in the Portland-Vancouver area and still relatively undiscovered. On a clear day, there are great views of Crown Point, Larch Mountain, and Mt. Hood. The walking trail is flat and easy, and varies in length with the seasons. May 1-September 30, a seasonal trail opens providing a 2.8 mile loop for walking only (no running, biking, or dog walking). After September 30, walking is limited to a 1.2 mile stretch that leads to a trail on the dike along the Columbia River. The dike trail can be hiked to the east or west for added distance. It's easy to walk up to 6 miles during a visit. For birders, it's not uncommon to see upwards of 50 species of birds during peak migration times. There have also been sightings of deer, bobcat, weasels, and river otters. Bring your binoculars! You can reach it from NE Portland in 25-30 minutes. FYI: Federal restrictions prohibit dogs, running, biking, and horses on the refuge, all of which disturb the wildlife who depend on this place for sanctuary. However, the dike trail along the river is open to all of these activities and can be accessed at Capt. William Clark Park or across from the Pendleton Mill outlet in Washougal. Toilets are available but are standard NWR primitive toilets without running water. Bring water and a snack if you plan on staying for a while. Have fun!

6. Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint

State Highway 30, Troutdale, OR 97060 +1 800-551-6949
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4.5 based on 167 reviews

Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint

Reviewed By Mike L - Longview, Texas

This site is great for pictures. Overlooks the Columbia River and Valley. The road to get to this overlook is beautiful, and goes right by Tad’s Chicken and Dumplings, which is a must stop. The road to. Mulhollan Fall was closed past the overlook on 10/28/17, due to the wildfires.

7. Salish Ponds Wetland Park

20619 NE Glisan St, Fairview, OR 97024-9641 +1 503-674-6206
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Salish Ponds Wetland Park

Reviewed By RSNN - Portland, Oregon

Salish Ponds Wetland Park is a place where you can go to enjoy nature and walk around the two ponds. The East and West Ponds. Both ponds have docks where you can fish. While I was walking around the ponds on the path I saw several boys on bicycles with fishing rods and tackle. A few people where fishing from the dock on the east pond. And a few people were fishing from rocks near the edge of the pond.

Myself, I cam to just walk around the ponds and enjoy the scenery. I saw squadrons of dragonflies buzzing the path and darting over the surface of the ponds. I also saw a Canadian Goose standing on a rock in the water over by The Lodge at Lake Salish Apartments next to the east side of the East Salish Pond

You can get to the Salish Ponds by driving to the parking lot on Glisan Street just west of the apartments and just walk to the adjacent Brown Bridge located there and follow the path to Salish Ponds. This will bring you by the Target Parking lot and under the Fairview Parkway and into a meadow where you will see a wide assortment of vegetation like cattails (I like to think of them as Mother natures organic corn dogs)

The smaller West Salish Pond is deeper than the East pond. It is also a popular fishing hole. For good reason. Last May this pond was stocked with 500 hatchery trout.

The larger and shallower East Salish Pond has various resident fish and has a more interesting habitat for largemouth bass and crappie. This pond also has bluegill and bullhead catfish

Keep in mind that the fish bite best in warmer seasons. And if you don't fish, this is still a very nice place to walk or just sit by the lake at one of the benches and enjoy the natural beauty that nature provides.

8. Wahkeena Falls

Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, OR
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4.5 based on 179 reviews

Wahkeena Falls

Reviewed By chimayred - New Durham, New Hampshire

about a half mile away, I'd guess, accessible by an easy road side trail, west of Multnomah; worth the visit to tack another nice looking falls onto the list.

9. Swift River Fishing

22300 NE Marine Dr, Chinook Landing Marine Park, Fairview, OR 97024-8712
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Swift River Fishing

Boat Guided Fishing Trips in Portland and Northwest Oregon on the scenic Columbia River. The very best Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon Fishing in Oregon!

Reviewed By jake_obermiller - Portland, Oregon

Tim Swift was a great guide. Very knowledgable and funny. We all had a great time and each caught a Salmon that we could take home and cook! I am recommending Swift River Fishing to my friends and family that are interested in catching fish and having a great time chartering the scenic Columbia River here in beautiful Portland, Oregon!

10. Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium

26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, OR 97030-3300 +1 503-491-7297
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium

Reviewed By E K - Federal Way

This is a great way to spend an evening, especially during the dark, rainy evenings of winter. We've gone several times. The program is entertaining, you learn a lot, and the price can't be beat. It's especially cool with the new projector.

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