Best of the Northwest: JUNE

by Lauren Braden

in Trip Ideas

Is it summer yet? We’re almost there. Here’s a little bucket list of cool stuff going on in the Pacific Northwest throughout the month of June.

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Parks for FREE

Admiralty-Head-Lighthouse-WIn celebration of the great outdoors, many of our public recreation lands are waiving day-use fees on Saturday, June 7 for National Trails Day. Some are free on Sunday, too. One change this year – National Parks are not free across the country on this day, however you should call ahead to your favorite park to ask if they are participating.

Here are the details on what’s free the weekend of June 7-8:

Oregon State Parks – see details

FREE day use at all parks June 7

FREE camping the night of June 7 at all parks

FREE fishing June 7 & 8 (no license required)

Washington State Parks – see details

FREE day use at all parks June 7 & 8

FREE fishing June 7 & 8  (no license required)

US Forest Service

FREE day use at all trailheads June 7

Bonus free day! National Get Outdoors Day is Saturday June 14, and you’ll get free entrance to Washington State Parks and US Forest Service lands on that day.

 

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Goonies Day

gooniesCelebrate The Goonies in the town it was filmed – Astoria, Oregon! June 7 is officially recognized as Goonies Day in Astoria, Oregon It’s the date in 1985 that this awesome, fun movie was released in theaters. Fans of the movie from throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond come to Astoria-Warrenton to celebrate Goonies Day (June 6-8 2014) and take part in a whole bunch of fun events.

 

 

 

 

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Sandcastle Contest in Cannon Beach

sandcastlefestivalDo you love building sand castles? Got a competitive edge? Check out the Cannon Beach Sand Castle Contest and Festival on June 21, 2014. Cannon Beach is a quintessential small beach town with miles of sandy beaches, great shops, good restaurants and friendly folks. And on this one amazing day over 25,000 people show up here and turn its seven miles of beach into an amazing place for three days of sandcastle building, people watching, food, music and fun.

 

 

 

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Vancouver Buskers Take to the Street

vancouver_busker_festival

Get into the spontaneous street groove at the Vancouver International Busker Festival, June 28-29 on Granville Street, downtown Vancouver. Busker festivals are all about the simple and powerful art of bringing people together from all walks of life, with interactive comedy, hypnotic music and mind-blowing stunts.

 

photos: Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey State Park by Chelsea Nesvig,
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