Hotels near Willamette Falls Locks
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The Portland Metropolitan area is quite spread out. If you’re looking for a less traditional trip to Portland, or have been there before to see and do the main sights and activities, heading to the Willamette Falls between West Linn and Oregon city should be on your list to visit.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels near Willamette Falls Locks

Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown Convention Center
Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown Convention Center
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8.4
Excellent
1441 NE 2nd Avenue, Portland
from $114
Courtyard by Marriott Portland Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Portland Airport
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8.4
Excellent
11550 Ne Airport Way, Portland
from $93
Dossier
Dossier
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8.8
Excellent
750 Southwest Alder Street, Portland
from $165
Hilton Portland Downtown
Hilton Portland Downtown
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8.3
Excellent
921 SW 6th Ave, Portland
from $169
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Portland Airport
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Portland Airport
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7.7
Good
11938 Ne Airport Way, Portland
from $109
Quality Inn & Suites Airport
Quality Inn & Suites Airport
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7.5
Good
9727 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland
from $66
Clarion Hotel Portland Airport
Clarion Hotel Portland Airport
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8.5
Excellent
11518 NE Glenn Widing Dr, Portland
from $89
Portland Marriott City Center
Portland Marriott City Center
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8.5
Excellent
520 Southwest Broadway, Portland
from $149
Briarwood Suites
Briarwood Suites
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5.8
Fair
7740 Se Powell Blvd, Portland
from $58
River's Edge Hotel & Spa
River's Edge Hotel & Spa
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7.9
Good
0455 Southwest Hamilton Court, Portland
from $145
More About Hotels near Willamette Falls Locks...

Explore Portland’s History

The Willamette Falls Locks have now been declared non-operational due to budget issues and safety concerns. In the past, the locks would allow water vessels, mostly for leisure, up and down the Willamette River. Now they are owned by the U.S. Army Corps and are on the National Register of Historic Places. The heart of the pioneer industry can be found 14 miles upriver from Portland, meaning having a rental car is a must for exploring the area.

Get a great view of the 52 foot falls from the Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation. The aim of the foundation is to preserve the stories of the area through story and hands-on demonstrations. Each September visitors can take part in Lock Fest 2014, a celebration of the Locks with companies in the area, such as West Linn Paper, jet boat rides, local food and historical booths. Guided tours of the Locks Museum on the edge of the canal are given and other activities are available.

The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is a great way to learn how Lewis and Clark (and many others) made their way to Oregon through the perilous wilderness. This is also where you can learn what life was like on the frontier and on the road. This is a great interactive and educational must for those traveling with children, though adults will enjoy it too.

Staying Near the Willamette Locks

For a more affordable riverside accommodation from the downtown options, the Best Western Plus Rivershore Hotel offers all the same amenities – pet friendly, on-site restaurant with room service, fitness center and free Wi-Fi – for a fraction of the price. The rooms are quite large, making it a great option for families.

Looking to spend more money doing things around Portland? The Budget Inn* is right off of 99E, making it an easy drive into the city and convenient to other points of interest. The Econo Lodge Southeast Portland is a no-frills lodging that gives guests a quiet place to return to after a long day, complimentary breakfast, free Internet and an outdoor covered pool.