We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Oregon City Municipal Elevator

Open Now: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Open today: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Review Highlights
Best Municipal Elevator West of the Mississippi

No tour of Oregon City would be complete without a visit to the Oregon City Municipal Elevator. The... read more

Reviewed October 15, 2018
Leon T
Aloha, Oregon, USA
Unique way to see the Willamette Falls

I visited Oregon last year and was taken to see the Willamette Falls at a layby on the main highway... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Sheena S
Grantham, United Kingdom
Read all 148 reviews
All photos (28)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
The Oregon City Municipal Elevator has been in operation for over 100 years. The original elevator was constructed in 1915. It was powered by hydrolics and took about three minutes to reach the top of the bluff. In 1925 it was converted to electric...more
Open Now
Hours Today: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
See all hours
Railroad & 7th Street, Oregon City, OR 97045
+1 503-994-6633
Improve This Listing
Reviews (148)
Filter reviews
147 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews municipal elevator great view historical photos the upper level observation deck willamette falls visiting oregon residential area high street great surprise street level worth taking a look paper factory the river keep in mind viewing area main street
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 147 reviews
Reviewed October 15, 2018

No tour of Oregon City would be complete without a visit to the Oregon City Municipal Elevator. The view from the top is great and saves you from walking a lot of stairs. The attendant is friendly and informative.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Leon T
Reviewed October 2, 2018

I visited Oregon last year and was taken to see the Willamette Falls at a layby on the main highway alongside the falls. Being short, and finding the bushes/trees tall at this spot I couldn't actually see them! After I returned home my cousin discovered...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sheena S
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Great view of the Willamette and downtown Oregon City fro the top. Some 2-hour free street parking on High Street (Upper level of elevator) Nice walk along the promenade from the elevator south to the VFW Hall or North to the upper level of Oregon...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank johnw42844
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

We stopped at Oregon City to see the elevator and Williamette Falls on the way back from Salem to Portland. The elevator is unique and takes you from street level to the Mcloughlin Promenade with views of the city. Willamette falls was a disappointment as...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank schmutaki
Reviewed August 6, 2018

i think this is the only vertical street in the world.the views are wonderful, but the elevator operators are very knowledgeable. so much history in Oregon City, both locals and visitors should ride this elevator, and its free!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank tgoben
Reviewed July 26, 2018

A very unique piece of history. OC bills this as the only vertical street in the U.S. With the geography of OC this is a huge help and it is a great way to welcome visitors as it is run by a person who gives...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 284TomD
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Didn't know exactly what it was, but it came quickly, the operator was friendly and knowedgeable and the view was great!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Colleen B
Reviewed July 17, 2018

Free elevator that not only offers you a great look at the city, but also takes you down so you can walk around town.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Pat5414
Reviewed July 1, 2018

Great piece of Oregon history, enjoy the ride with your elevator guide and the view at the top of the bridge to nowhere now West Linn and the wonderful art.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank homesbycoy
Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

We love our elevator. Iv lived in this town my entire life. We park up at the top and take the elevator downtown since the now charge to park weekdays downtown which is crazy. Look around before you take the elevator downtown. It’s a beautiful...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank victoriasvintage
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
Best Western Plus Rivershore Hotel
633 reviews
1.22 km away
Holiday Inn Express Portland SE-Clackamas Area
117 reviews
3.33 km away
Econo Lodge Southeast
140 reviews
4.41 km away
Comfort Suites Clackamas
131 reviews
6.17 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 126 nearby restaurants
Mi Famiglia Wood Oven Pizzeria
183 reviews
.04 km away
60 reviews
.19 km away
The Verdict Bar And Grill
60 reviews
.11 km away
Nebbiolo Restaurant & Wine Bar
52 reviews
.13 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 53 nearby attractions
Camassia Natural Area
20 reviews
.75 km away
End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
165 reviews
1.27 km away
Willamette Falls
162 reviews
1.13 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Michael S
May 1, 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Carrie C | Property representative |
0 Votes The parking lot is at the intersection of 6th and High Street! During the week, 9am-5pm you would need to bring quarters to feed the parking meters. After 5 pm and on the weekends parking is free and without time... More
Peter W
July 12, 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Sandra C | Reviewed this property |
The city hires an outside company to handle the staffing of the elevator. Call Oregon City City Hall and they can direct you to the current company who has the elevator contract.