Walla Walla is emerging as one of the Northwest's premiere wine regions. Walla Walla wines, predominantly bold reds, are highly acclaimed. Wine tasting and touring is a popular activity that brings many visitors to Walla Walla. But there's so much more to do once you're there! Walla Walla plays an important role in the history of the region, which you'll come to appreciate even more by visiting the town's major historical attractions. Whitman Mission National Historic Site and Fort Walla Walla Museum both provide interesting exhibits along with the opportunity to spend time in the scenic outdoors. Other Walla Walla activities and attractions include theatre and music, annual festivals, and outdoor recreation.
Glacier National Park is gorgeous. And huge. You can spend a lot of time driving from one region to another. If you want to maximize your time spent enjoying the park's many scenic regions, choosing accommodations inside Glacier National Park is a good idea. Your choices include grand lakeside lodges with such onsite amenities as dining, shopping, and recreation. You can also select to stay in a rustic cabin or a vintage motel. Find out more about your lodging options inside of Glacier National Park.
The largest city in North Idaho, Coeur d'Alene is a charming town that knows how to welcome visitors. Huge beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene, surrounded by forested hills, provides the setting around which much of the town's activity revolves. Water recreation, including water skiing, boating, and paddling, are extremely popular, as is just kicking back and taking in the views from a waterfront bar, dock, or beach. The Coeur d'Alene Resort is a world-class facility that offers great accommodations along with several restaurants and lounges, a full-service spa, and an acclaimed golf course.
Camping is very popular in the Northwest, especially during these times when people are trying to be more frugal. When it comes to camping, there are lots of different options. Will you stay in a tent, a cabin, a yurt, or some other special shelter? Do you want to be on the water? Bring your dog? Do you want to stay in a national park, a state park, or a private campground/RV park?
For some of the Northwest's most popular campgrounds, you need to make your reservations early in the year. Fortunately, there are a number of different online tools that make it easy to find and reserve your Northwest camping place. Most allow you to search by a long list of criteria, including not only date and location but facilities, services, amenities, available recreation, and more. Here's the information you need to make your Northwest camping reservations:
Located just west of downtown Portland, Washington Park is the hub for all kinds of fun. It'll definitely take more than a day or two to see all there is to see and do all there is to do. Washington Park's major attractions include the Oregon Zoo, the International Rose Test Garden, the Portland Japanese Garden, and the World Forestry Center Discovery Museum. An archery range, a statue of Sacajawea, hiking trails, and children's playgrounds are some of the other fun things you'll find at Washington Park.
Cowboys on the open prairie. Migrating West in a covered wagon. Proud Native American warriors. If images of these things make you tingle, a visit to Sheridan, Wyoming should be high on your to-do list. Interesting visitor attractions include the Historic Sheridan Inn, Trail End State Historic Site, and the Don King Museum at King's Saddlery. Opportunities for golf and outdoor recreation are plentiful. Here are my picks for fun things to do in Sheridan, Wyoming.
(photo courtesy of Dinwy 2012)
While Seattle/Tacoma is a major metropolitan area, you can still find plenty of places to experience nature without leaving the city. Many expanses of beach and forest have been set aside as parks and nature preserves, offering trails and boardwalks perfect for a brisk hike or a refreshing stroll. Whether you're a visitor or a resident, you don't have to venture far to include the beauty of wild nature in your day. I've put together a list of the best places to enjoy an in-city hike in Seattle/Tacoma.
Spring brings some of the Northwest's best loved and most-looked-forward-to festivals. Many celebrate spring blooms, including the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, the Portland Rose Festival, and the Spokane Lilac Festival. Others focus on arts and culture, from the Moscow Renaissance Fair to the International Wildlife Film Festival. Here's a guide featuring some of the best spring festivals in the Northwest, including Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
If Yellowstone National Park is part of your vacation plans, you'll find yourself faced with a number of travel choices. Whether you'll be camping or staying in a hotel, prominent among your choices is whether to stay inside of the park, or just outside the park. While there are many advantages to choosing overnight accommodations inside of Yellowstone National Park, including proximity to park attractions, there are also advantages to staying in the towns or national forests just outside of the park. You'll definitely want to consider which park entrance you plan to use as well as which regions you want to spend time. I've put together this article about lodging and camping near Yellowstone National Park to help you make the best decision for your particular travel agenda.
Cannon Beach is among the Oregon Coast's most popular visitor destinations, offering attractions and activities that appeal to couples, families, and nature lovers. There are views aplenty from the cliffs and beaches of Ecola State Park and Oswald West State Park, including such scenic wonders as Haystack Rock and the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. There's wonderful food of all kinds, from fresh-pulled taffy to gourmet dinners. With its many unique shops and art galleries, Cannon Beach is a particularly fun place for shoppers. Add this all together with Cannon Beach's extraordinary lodging options, and you have everything you may want for a great getaway. Here are my recommendations for fun things to do in Cannon Beach, Oregon.