Oregon

Q: Oregon Campervan Trip Ideas?

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Dear TripFinder, Q: Hey there!  My fiancé and I are headed to Oregon to elope in April,  we are renting a camper van! Any recommendations on must sees? I was thinking a mix of woods/coast?   – Nicki Dear Nicki, Congrats on your engagement and uber-cool upcoming honeymoon! What a cool trip, and perfect season to do […]

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Quick Escape: Seaside on the Oregon Coast

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If you’re looking for an old school beach resort town, look no further than Seaside, Oregon. This is the real deal, where you can munch on saltwater taffy as you stroll the beach boardwalk hand in hand, watching the sunset behind Tillamook head. Seaside’s status as the premiere  Oregon Coast beach resort was sealed over a century ago […]

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Ready for Fall? Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest

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Welcome to fall! If you ask me, this is the best season for Northwest weekend getaways for a number of reasons. That’s why I’ve written a book on it! Autumn offers unique, colorful and delicious opportunities to explore the Pacific Northwest. Get inspired to spend your fall weekends combing rocky beaches, savoring the harvest, and […]

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Campfire Restrictions in the Northwest – Summer 2016

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Taking a camping trip this weekend?  Pack your gear using our handy Car Camping Checklist and you won’t forget anything, ever. UPDATE: August 20, 2016 Going camping? There are campfire restrictions in place (see details below). In fact, 2016 marks the fourth summer in a row that has seen restriction on campfires in the Northwest, though the restrictions are […]

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Trip Guide: John Day Fossil Beds

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Got cabin fever? This sunny Central Oregon treasure is the perfect off-season escape for hikers and rockhounds. At first glance, you see a stunning landscape with multicolored badlands and eroded pinnacles. And you think, this looks like Utah, or maybe even another planet. But it’s right here in the Pacific Northwest. The John Day River […]

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Quick Escape: Bend, Oregon

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Bend is a sophisticated, outdoorsy town tucked in the eastern Cascade foothills, surrounding by some of the finest hiking trails, ski runs and fishing streams the Northwest has to offer. With more than 250 days of sun per year, you can visit Bend year-round, but autumn is particularly nice. Hike among fall foliage through late October, […]

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CAMP & HIKE: Trillium Lake, Mount Hood

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On the south side of Mt. Hood at 3,600 feet elevation is Trillium Lake, ringed with fragrant conifers and an easy, family-friendly loop trail. The Hike Trillium Lake Loop Trail is 2 miles round trip and circumnavigates the lake. It’s a great choice for kids or anyone who desires a flat, easy, beautiful trail. Pack your […]

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Q: Wine Tasting Trip to the Willamette Valley?

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Dear TripFinder, Q: Hi, We are travelling to Portland Oregon in late June for a 4 day long weekend and are looking to spend some time wine tasting in the Willamette Valley. Any recommendations for restaurants, vineyards or B&B’s in the area? We will have a car. Thanks! -Kathleen from Calgary Dear Kathleen, Yes! A visit […]

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Getaway Guide to Astoria, Oregon

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It rains a lot in Astoria, Oregon, as anyone familiar with the winter of 1805 according to Lewis and Cla rk well knows. The rich shades of grey found in Astoria’s sky probably provide inspiration for Benjamin Moore. But when the sun comes out (and it does, trust) this small maritime city is spectacular. And very well-caffeinated. […]

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CAMP & HIKE: Silver Falls State Park

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At Silver Falls State Park, you’re in the best of both worlds–a stone’s throw from Willamette Valley wine country, and inching up the west slope of the Oregon Cascades. And by “cascades” we mean mountains… and waterfalls. Lots of waterfalls. We are spoiled rotten. In the Pacific Northwest where huge swaths of land are protected […]

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