Seaside, Oregon, one of the oldest tourist destinations in the Pacific Northwest, is a fun place for families or for the young at heart. There's a huge sandy beach, lots of opportunities for play, and tasty treats of all kinds. While in Seaside you can stroll the Promenade, fly a kite on the beach, feed the seals at the Seaside Aquarium, or learn a bit about Lewis and Clark history. Here are my recommendations for fun things to do in Seaside.
No matter where you start in Washington, you don't have to go too far to find yourself in the mountains. Mountain resorts make great getaway destinations, whether you're looking for a quick weekend escape with your sweetheart or a week-long family vacation. Washington's best mountain resorts, located up and down the Cascades, are all next door to at least one National Forest. Most offer year-round recreation, from on-site golf courses and trail systems to nearby rivers, parks, and forests. Fabulous views are a given, and can be enjoyed while dining on Northwest cuisine, while relaxing on outdoor porches and lawns, or from your very own room. Here are my picks for resorts where you can enjoy a mountain getaway in Washington State.
Looking for a world-class golf getaway in the Pacific Northwest? A fun family vacation? Perhaps a storm watching adventure? You have the opportunity for all these, and more, in the Oregon Coast town of Bandon. Crashing ocean waves, interesting rock formations, and sand dunes combine on the South Oregon Coast to create a fabulous landscape for hiking, beach combing, and wildlife watching. With four courses, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort ranks among the top in the nation. Here are some resources to help you plan your own Bandon adventure:
There are 31 different officially-designated scenic byways in the state of Idaho. You can find out more about each of them by visiting the Idaho's Scenic Byways website, which features interactive road maps. You can click on each highlighted byway to learn the details of that scenic drive, including location, length, road description, services, and points of interest.
Located a few miles off of I-90 just on the east side of Cascades, Suncadia Resort is easy to get to, yet feels worlds away. The grand and gracious lodge, overlooking the Cle Elum River and the forested mountains, provides a wonderful setting for rest and relaxation. Yet you don't have to go far to enjoy outdoor fun. Suncadia Resort boasts 2 golf courses, miles of paved trails, and a well-equipped Swim & Fitness Center complete with indoor and outdoor pools, water slides, exercises rooms and fitness equipment. Kids will enjoy paddling around the little Village Lake located adjacent to the center. I spent a couple of nights at Suncadia Resort and was particularly impressed by the Glade Spring Spa, which I recommend highly to spa aficionados. To learn more about the kind of getaway you can enjoy at this conveniently-located mountain community, read my review of Suncadia Resort.
Ashland is home to the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which runs from mid-February to October every year. In addition to the festival's Tony-award-winning productions, visitors will enjoy the art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants found in this mountain hamlet. Nearby mountains, rivers, and lakes provide year-round recreation, including white water rafting, hiking, fishing, and skiing. The variety of fun things to do makes Ashland the ideal choice for a getaway that is both physically and mentally stimulating.
The Eastern Washington cities of Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco - the Tri-Cities - offer many opportunities to have fun. If you love spending time outside, you can enjoy such outdoor recreation as golfing, biking, and boating. Other popular Tri-Cities attractions include tasting wine and learning about regional history.
When you visit Anchorage you'll find many fun activities and attractions to check out. Sightseeing, whether by tour, cruise, or on foot, is always popular. You'll also find great history and culture museums, where you can learn about everything from Alaska's First Peoples to whales and wildlife. Other popular Anchorage attractions include the Anchorage Zoo and the Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center.
Charming and historic Baker City is packed with interesting stories. During your visit you can learn more about the city's gold rush glory days, or look farther back to the location's Oregon Trail days. The mountain and forest scenery surrounding Baker City provides opportunities for scenic driving tours and outdoor recreation. Baker City visitors can enjoy a variety of interesting attractions - be sure to stop by the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
Whitefish, Montana, is easy to reach, yet far away from the stress and bother of everyday work life. Located in Montana's gorgeous Flathead Valley, just a short drive away from Glacier National Park, the relaxed mountain town of Whitefish makes a great base for an adventure-filled Montana vacation. Whether summer or winter, you'll be able to pick from a long list of exciting outdoor activities. To help you choose from all the fun, I've put together a detailed Whitefish Trip Planner.