Thrills and spills in the Pacific Northwest
September 12, 2012 3:00 PM Subscribe
Exciting things to do within driving distance of the BC-WA border?
posted by eldindeer to travel & transportation around Washington, DC (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
After living a stone's throw from the US border for a while now, I've decided it's about time I check out what's on the other side. I have a passport, a car, I'm super comfortable driving, and I'm prepared to spend a bit to ensure, as a young lady, my comfort and safety (no couchsurfing, hostels are OK, but must be very well reviewed). So, looking for day/short trips (a week or less) within driving range of the BC-Washington border. What's out there, MeFi? And what should I know before I go?
Most interested in: spectacular scenery, physical adventure (kayaking, riding horses, canoeing, shooting range, learning to fly, etc), sites of historical interest, museums with more than potsherds, famous places, doing things I've never done before. Not so interested in: food, bars, music, shops, nightlife, the arts scene, just wandering/sitting around. I'm after thrills and chills - visual or physical. A day sat around is a day wasted. That said, I'm not a huge fan of totally roughing it. I like my facilities.
Possible complications: #1: I'm a foreigner here in Canada, not yet a permanent resident. My understanding is that I can expect an hour+ at the border just to deal with the paperwork.
#2: I'm likely to end up going alone, and I'm a young single white female of sensitive disposition (conflict-averse, easily spooked, not given to taking risks with my safety or sense of). My past solo drive experience consists of Vancouver to Edmonton in the summertime.