Northwest TripFinder is your offbeat getaway guide to Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.


I’m Lauren Braden, and I love sharing my favorite places in the Pacific Northwest.

I started Northwest TripFinder in 2008 to share these favorite places with other locals who love to travel. My goal is to help you take local getaways that are fun, unique, affordable, and easy to plan. 

Through informative articles and trip guides, Northwest TripFinder brings you fresh inspiration and useful advice for planning your awesome trips in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.


When you live in the Pacific Northwest, you don’t need to leave to take a vacation. There are a lifetime of awesome things to do and see right here in our backyard. That’s why every weekend, hundreds of thousands of Pacific Northwesterners travel locally. They visit the wine regions and fossil beds of Oregon, hike and bike in the Cascades of Washington, and ski and kayak in British Columbia.


Your local getaways make a difference. Local travel is the backbone of our tourism economy, and tourism is one of our region’s biggest economic engines. I started Northwest Tripfinder was because I’m passionate about supporting local, sustainable tourism. I love helping people discover the special places to experience right in their backyards – from the best B&Bs to the coolest small town festivals.


It’s true – planning local travel can take a great deal of time, and that’s why Northwest TripFinder is here to help!

While you will find packaged itineraries for vacations to faraway places like Hawaii or Disneyland, you’re on your own if you wish to create a unique itinerary for local weekend getaways. The planning may translate to hours online figuring out where to go, when the best season is for a weekend trip there, reading dozens of traveler reviews on places to stay and restaurants to eat at, researching trails for a hike, and so on.

Northwest TripFinder solves your planning problem for you. Our inspiring trip ideas are organized by both location (Oregon, Washington, British Columbia) and by trip type (camping, wine tasting, quick getaway, etc). We add trip ideas every single week (sign up to get them free in your inbox) and they always include all the information you need to plan and book an adventure, from driving directions to where to stay, eat and even enjoy the great outdoors.


HELLO! I’m Lauren Braden, author and editor of Northwest TripFinder. Thanks for stopping by!

I’m into hiking and camping, so much so that I spent nine years as the communications director for Washington Trails Association, spreading the good news about our lovely trails and wilderness areas. Before that, my inner bird nerd was on full display as I worked for birds and nature at Seattle Audubon.

I’m a freelance writer, and my articles on Northwest travel and recreation have appeared in numerous publications including ParentMap, Washington Trails, Outdoors NW, The Seattle Times and Seattle PI.

I am the author of the travel guidebook, Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest, available on Amazon Kindle.

If you’d like to say hello or request advertising information, I’d love to hear from you! You can email me here. You can also check out our Media Kit.

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