What are your best NW travel destinations?
March 8, 2012 11:36 AM Subscribe
Can you help us find some some new one and two-night getaway locations in the Pacific Northwest?
posted by karizma to Travel & Transportation around Pacific, MO (22 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend and I enjoy taking short (one to two-night stay) vacations, usually incorporating one of the weekend days (think Su-Tues or Th-Sat). We like these small vacations as they usually work well with our schedules, don't require use of vacation time, and they are often an inexpensive way to recharge a bit and get out of town to do and see something new. We are based in the Seattle area, and we are not opposed to driving 200-300 miles to seek out new places. We are looking for some new destination ideas that maybe we've missed or haven't previously considered.
What we tend to look for:
- smaller towns/areas ("quaint")
- quiet and slower pace
- friendly people
- affordable accomodations (we tend to go to places off-season)
- good mix of activities to see/do and places to eat/drink
- can drive there (no special transportation needed; not a must but preferable)
What we like to do:
- explore natural/local scenery and attractions, historical areas
- try local foods, beers/wines, coffee, etc.
- sample local nightlife (restaurants, pubs, shows, etc.)
Here's where we've previously been:
- Portland (primarily the metro area)
- Oregon Coast (Newport, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Astoria, etc.)
- Vancouver BC
- Ocean Shores (and that general area of the WA coast)
- Some areas of the WA Peninsula (Port Townsend, Sequim)
- Central WA (Ellensburg, Yakima)
That list is not exhaustive, but some of those places tend to be our "go to" areas when we can't think of somewhere else to go. Certainly we haven't fully explored each and every one of those larger (i.e. Portland, Vancouver) areas, but we'd like to branch out!
Given the mileage we're talking about, we'd probably prefer to stick to the states of WA and OR unless something really stands out.
We are not big outdoorists in the sense that we don't hike, bike, climb, boat, etc. so we're basically foot and car-bound when it comes to activities. We certainly appreciate the beauty of the outdoors, however, and we love walking and getting out.
Some places we are considering:
- Bend, OR
- Whistler (it's a bit of a stretch though for many reasons)
- Coeur d' Alene (been before but not off-season)
Do you have any ideas for new places we should visit? We'd LOVE to hear your destination ideas around the Pacific Northwest! Thanks very much!