The memories you make in childhood last a lifetime, and many of those memories are made when you’re on vacation.

Visiting new cities and traveling to other countries are both wonderful ideas, but some of the best memories are created in nature.

The best part is, camping is extremely affordable! Here are four experiences you just have to have with the kids in the Portland area.

Have the RV Resort Experience

Staying in an RV can be a lot of fun because it’s the perfect compromise between roughing it outside and staying in a hotel. RV parks today make the experience even more fun by offering a resort experience. Jantzen Beach RV Park offers a wide variety of amenities that you would expect to find at a hotel, not necessarily at an RV park.

All you have to do is rent an RV on Outdoorsy, book a slip, and enjoy amenities that the kids will love including:

  • A heated swimming pool
  • Game Room
  • Playground
  • Basketball court
  • Horseshoe court

Check out Historic Oregon City

Oregon City doesn’t sound like a big deal on the surface, but once you realize it’s at the end of the Oregon Trail, you’ll see why it’s such an important place to visit.

Spend some time learning how those on the trail roughed it for months at a time. Little ones can dress up in period clothes, sit inside covered wagons, and give butter churning a try.

When you’re done for the day, do a little roughing it of your own, but do it in style in an RV at Crown Point RV Park.

Explore Nature Along the Columbia River

Lakes are a lot of fun to visit, but nothing beats spending time in nature around a river. Especially if that river is the Columbia River.

Sandy Riverfront RV Resort makes it easy to explore everything the river has to offer. Boating and fishing are popular past times on the river because you can snag salmon, walleye, and gigantic sturgeon.

Make sure you check out the beautiful waterfalls in the area too. Multnomah Falls is a must-see because it features a 620-foot vertical drop.

Visit Government Island State Recreation Area

If you really want to have the outdoor experience, nothing compares to camping on an island!

Government Island State Recreation Area can only be accessed by boat, which means you have to bring along your tent. It provides the perfect opportunity to feel like you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere with the convenience of still being in Portland’s city limits.

It features 15 miles of shoreline, which makes fishing a lot of fun. And with multiple docks, it’s a great place to do a little boating too.

From renting an RV to making a day of it and returning home in the evening, there are plenty of wonderful outdoor experiences you can have with the kids. We bet the adults will have plenty of fun too!