Welcome to Oregon for your US Branch Clan Macpherson Association AGM. Portland Oregon is a great location not only for our AGM but to visit and relax. We are located in an area known as, a land of many faces. It is a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests alongside its cities and small towns packed with restaurants and trendy shops with nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, is notably home to more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region or a trip to the infamous 'Portland Underground' that focus on the shanghai trade in the City of Portland that survived from 1850-1941.
However, cars are undoubtedly king in the state, so renting a car during your trip is the surest way to have unfettered flexibility and access to the top attractions in Oregon. Oregon is well-served by freeways and highways, including Interstate 5 that runs north-south across the state through Portland and Highway 101 along the coast. Driving also saves on transport fares, which can quickly add up when traveling.
If you love waterfalls then Oregon has a lot of them but the one closest is just 25 miles east. Multnomah Falls is the most popular and known waterfall in Oregon, there are so many more breathtaking waterfalls to visit in Oregon which are quite incredible. Located on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, along the Historic Columbia River Highway. The falls drops 620 Feet. Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon and the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States.
Another quick site to visit just north of the airport where we will be staying is the West Coasts Fort Vancouver.
Everyone knows General Grant, later President Grant. Yes he lived here along with two other officers and some clerks, Grant lived in "Quartermaster's Ranch," an imposing, two-story home with high ceilings and a porch on three sides, which was prefabricated in New England and shipped around Cape Horn in sections. It was the finest building on the base. Some history many don't know is Grant did not actually live in the log structure called the "Grant House," which is now a museum at Fort Vancouver.
The last we would recommend you to visit is The Famous Mt. Saint Helens Monument just north of Portland. It may be 30 miles from the mountain but you can reach out and touch her as if you were 30 feet away. It's through technology at the visitor center you can experience the area as it was prior to the eruption and see the advancements in growth since then.
We hope to have you join us at the 2018 CMA-AGM here in Portland. We would like to encourage you to join your family of cousins from around the United States and those visiting from across the ocean.
If you have any questions, just please email RT McPherson at or Colleen McPherson at .
Oregon wine region
Mt Saint Helen
See you soon!
RT and Colleen McPherson
2018 AGM Conveners
Clan Macpherson Association/US Branch