Dufur, Oregon, is a tiny town steeped in history – some of it car-free – and located approximately 100 miles east of Portland (following major auto routes). Dufur was a stop along the Oregon Trail, specifically the Barlow Road, which took westward traveling pioneers over the shoulder of Mt. Hood. Today, Dufur is off the main transportation routes. It’s just enough out of the way to feel away without being impossible to reach.
There’s a historic three-story brick hotel in Dufur, the Balch Hotel, a fine place to stay a few nights. I tried a new car-free travel experience from Portland to get there.