Want to follow in the footsteps of the “Wie Is De Mol?” season 17 candidates as they explore Portland and Oregon? Here’s a look at where they went in episode 2, plus other recommendations for your visit.
Episode 2 locations
Blue Heron Paper Mill / Willamette Falls
See the abandoned Blue Heron Mill (a WIDM location that’s not open to the public) from the river as you kayak to the base of Willamette Falls. This 90-minute flatwater tour is suitable for first-time boaters as well as seasoned water enthusiasts. Willamette Falls was the site of important Native American cultural activities, pioneer settlement and scientific advancement. Learn about the role the falls played in United States history and view the falls from above at the Museum of the Oregon Territory.
Oaks Amusement Park
On the banks of the Willamette River in Southeast Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood, historic Oaks Amusement Park has been providing families with carnival thrills and family fun since 1905. With 18 tree-studded hectares of rides (including classics like bumper cars and a roller coaster), games, miniature golf, go-carts and a mini-train tour, the park offers plenty for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss the roller rink, which is the largest on the West Coast and the last remaining rink in the U.S. to feature live music from a massive Wurlitzer pipe organ in the ceiling. It’s also home to the Rose City Rollers, Portland’s roller derby league.
Courthouse / Downtown Cultural District
While the Gus J. Solomon U.S. Courthouse isn’t open to the public, you can enjoy the 1933 building’s architecture as you explore downtown Portland’s Cultural District. A short walk from the courthouse, the Portland Art Museum showcases a top-notch collection of Asian and Native American artifacts and frequent touring exhibits. And just across the South Park Blocks (a shady, inviting attraction in their own right), you’ll find the Oregon Historical Society’s museum, with its extensive collection of artifacts and exhibits tracing the region’s history back to its first inhabitants. Two blocks from the courthouse, the Broadway marquee of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (part of Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, which also has a complex with multiple performance spaces next door) is home to resident companies like the Oregon Symphony and regularly hosts touring artists, from Jack Johnson to Wynton Marsalis.
In the area
Scappoose Bay, a long channel feeding into the Columbia River 43 kilometers northwest of Portland, teems with great blue herons, bald eagles and seasonal runs of steelhead and salmon. Explore the marshes here with a guided outing from Scappoose Bay Kayaking. The three-hour wetland tour features beginner-friendly kayaks and frequent sightings of river otters and migratory birds.
Located in Southwest Portland, iFly is an indoor skydiving experience that creates true fall conditions — just like skydiving — without ever needing to jump out of an airplane. The vertical wind tunnel generates a wall-to-wall cushion of air to float on. There’s no parachute, no jumping and nothing attaching you to planet earth. It’s just you, the air and an incredible adrenaline rush. No experience is necessary, and just about anyone can fly (including those with physical disabilities).
Oregon City / End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
Established in 1844, Oregon City was the first incorporated city west of the Rocky Mountains and Oregon’s first capital — before it was event a state! Despite all of these firsts, it’s actually Oregon City’s last place status that fascinates many modern-day visitors, as the final wagon stop on the fabled Oregon Trail. Today, thanks to its rich history and recent historic restoration projects, Oregon City (located just 20 kilometers southeast of Portland) remains as much a travel destination as ever. At the north end of town, the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center provides an excellent glimpse of life along the historic route. Evoking three giant wagons, the center offers three interactive displays, teaching attendees how to pack a wagon for a 3,219-km journey and how to churn butter.