My best friend (also a MeFite) and I are going to do a west coast road trip for the last week of July. We'll arrive Sunday evening and need to fly home to the east coast on Friday. So we have four full non-air travel days. Would you recommend travelling from SF to Portland or Portland to Seattle? [more inside]
I have been told to lead a nature walk & workshop for a Girl Scout event that has a "magic" theme. This will be in the Pacific Northwest in a coniferous-riparian setting, and these are 7-17 year old girls. Yeah, I know. that's a broad range of ages. That's why I need your help. I'm a botanist. EVERYTHING sciency and outside is magical to me, so I'm hoping to make a list of very quick (<5 minute) demos with things found outside that have a big impact or are somehow surprising to a non-science audience. I'd like to avoid the pointing-and-telling kind of nature activity - I want these concepts to show themselves off somehow. Apparently I'll be doing this multiple times throughout the year so seasonality doesn't matter. [more inside]
I'm taking my first trip to the Pacific Northwest! Most of the itineraries I've seen are for a 9-10 day trip, but we only have 8 days, counting departure day. Trying to make the most of our time without cramming in too much. What are your must-sees for 8 days? We are likely sticking to Oregon & Washington, and want to see a mix of cities and coastline. [more inside]
I want to take a two-week (or thereabouts) trip to the Pacific Northwest for an upcoming milestone birthday. On the itinerary so far are Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. I've been to Seattle and San Francisco but never Vancouver or Portland. Help me plan! [more inside]
I'm looking into taking the train from Seattle to Portland next month. People who often travel between the two cities: how does it stack up to flying or driving? [more inside]
Am planning a solo trip early Sept to Portland then heading up to Washington and renting a car (Seattle?) possibly by Amtrak, with a stop at the Gorges). Have a place to stay in Portland 4-5 days. I am thinking I will need a 2-3 day car rental in Portland, and 4-5 day car rental in Washington. And I should be hitting Washington just before Labor Day weekend- which means I should book accommodations now! [more inside]
I'm a young, aspiring urban planner, and over the next month my friend and I will be driving from San Francisco to Portland and then to Seattle. What should I see in these cities that will be interesting from a planner's/social justice/sustainability perspective? [more inside]
This (very) recent question had a lot of good suggestions of things to do in Portland, but I'm in Portland and Seattle for several days each this weekend, and I'm looking for advice about what to do in both cities. Difficulty: like outdoorsy things, but don't have a car. [more inside]
My wife and I are planning a visit to Portland and Seattle to see if they are cities we would want to move to. What part of town should we stay in? And what parts of town should we visit? [more inside]
Following a series of personal crises, our protagonist contemplates relocating to a warmer, albeit cloudier, part of the world. [more inside]
One of the things I miss about living in the big city is access to a Penzeys spice store. The other thing I miss is having enough money to afford to shop there. I am looking for any good resources on where to buy spices, either online, or within a few hours of Seattle, which is now my nearest metropolis. "The spice must flow!" [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations on where to do some back-country/wilderness camping in the Seattle/Portland area from around Aug. 31 through Sept. 3. Details inside. [more inside]
We (spouse, myself, and 2.5 year old toddler) are on a vacation in the Northwest US. What cool place can we stay this Saturday that is somewhere (more or less) on the way from Portland to Seattle? [more inside]
Road trip filter! We're spending today (and tonight) in Portland and want to be in Seattle by mid-afternoon tomorrow. On the way, we'd like to visit a volcanic (or geological) outdoorsy spot. The original idea was to hike the Ape Cave lava tube, but looking at a map, it may be too far out of the way if we want to leave Portland at 9am and reach Seattle by 4. Any good alternatives?
We just decided to drive from SF to Seattle via Portland for about a week. What are some fun family things to do? Places to eat? Places to stay? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
Where should I eat in Vancouver, Seattle and Portland? Solo traveler, foodie, beer and seafood aficionado. [more inside]
Mixed bag of USA travel questions! Feed me for one night in Vegas. Tell me cool things to do and eat in Seattle and Portland (anything special on while I'm there?). Anything I should shop for because it is way cheaper than Australia (everything?!), not available in Australia and is a must have, or lets me take advantage of having US IP address (e.g. Kindle subscriptions)? T-mobile deal for my phone? [more inside]
We're going to be flying into Seattle and out of Portland the first week of April with Saturday arrival and departure. We'll be traveling in a van with two families comprised of 2 high school Juniors and an 8th grader. Both Juniors are interested in Architecture majors, though one is quite academic and the other may be looking at community college close to home for the first couple years. The goal is to combine college tours with sightseeing. A side trip to San Juan Islands for a couple days would be of interest if it's not too much to try to cram in. Suggestions for colleges/universities to explore, places to stay, things to do would be greatly appreciated!
Thinking of relocating to the Pacific NW but I've never been. Help me decide between Oregon and Washington.
I'm thinking of relocating to the Pacific Northwest USA for the climate and scenery, though I've never been before. I have 4 days to visit next month, and am having trouble deciding between Portland and Seattle as a base of exploration. [more inside]
Please please PLEASE help me find a place where I can buy a wonderbra/any strapless bra that won't squash my chest flat in time for my wedding in two weeks! [more inside]
Things to do and Places to eat in Seattle, Portland and in between? More info inside. [more inside]
I'm looking to nerd out on cameras in Portland and Seattle, suggestions? [more inside]
Yet another "where should I move" question (slight snowglobe details inside). [more inside]
Kingdom of Fungi. Do people who live in the Pacific Northwest have more yeast infections, mold in their houses, and mushrooms in their woods?
looking to move - can i afford portland? seattle? [more inside]
West Coast Road Trip! Mr. desjardins and I are flying into Seattle in early September, renting a car and driving to San Francisco. What do we do in between? We want places to stay and things to do. Amazing scenery is a priority. [more inside]
I'm looking for advice on bike routes and bike-on-train travel tips from Vancouver, BC to Portland, OR [more inside]
Pacific Northwest eaters, I need your help. My sister is in Seattle visiting our dad. I am in Portland. Sis and Dad want to meet up with Mr. Numberwang and me somewhere between for lunch this weekend. Where to go? [more inside]
I'm 26 and have a gap year before starting grad school. Where should I move to? (Chicago / Seattle / Portland / SF / other) [more inside]
Calling all frequent Portland-Seattle drivers: where are your favorite places to pull off I-5 and eat? [more inside]
Boyfriend and I have been in the midwest our whole lives and are looking to make a move to the Pacific Northwest at the end of October. Our lease is up and we will be out of work one way or another- so we might as well move then. Background info- we are both graduated artists in our early 20s, love music, nature, being outdoors and a part of our community. We are mainly looking for an active, younger, art-scene. We both want to continue to practice our art, and want a community to support that, and to keep us motivated. We are going out to visit both cities at the end of August (27th to 31st), and will make another trip later to find an apartment- and then move Oct 31st. [more inside]
Help us plan the undecided portions of our northwest trip (crater lake to seattle via portland)! [more inside]
Living without a car: Would you choose downtown Portland or downtown Seattle? [more inside]
Does anyone know any animation studios in the Pacific northwest? [more inside]
Where can we live (in the US) that has both pleasant summers and awesome snowboarding? [more inside]
I'm at my wit's end here in Long Beach, CA. I have some money, I have a car, and I don't have to be anywhere till 9am on Tuesday. I want to get far away from here, just drive and drive and drive. But where should I go and what should I do when I get there? [more inside]
Is it better to work for the government in Seattle or Portland? [more inside]
How to prepare one's body, mind and bicycle for a 200 mi bike ride? [more inside]
Weekend in Portland or Vancouver? [more inside]
Living on a modest income in Seattle vs. in Portland, OR -- your thoughts, opinions, experiences? [more inside]
What should I do in Seattle, Portland, and points between, during the first week of December? [more inside]
Relocation/Jobhunt Filter: Partner and I just graduated college (no savings, short job history) looking to move from rural California to a more metropolitan area. We both work as creatives, she does marketing & print, I do A/V & Internet... How does one do this with little money and a very modest portfolio? [more inside]
How likely/real is the threat of Cascadian Subduction (earthquakes, tsunamis and resulting volcanic activity)? Does it affect the lives, worries and insurance policies of Pacific North Western residents in places like Seattle and Portland?
We're two recent grad-school graduates on a budget, travelling to Portland and Seattle in a couple of weeks. Any recommendations for relatively inexpensive hotels in both cities? (Previous Seattle questions have brought up the Moore Hotel, but in case they're booked, any alternative suggestions?) Thanks!
Is it insane for two married 40+ year olds, no kids, to think about moving from Seattle to Portland? The thought that we'll never be able to afford a house here unless we opt for a two hour commute is killing us. Ready to throw in the towel. [more inside]
Driving from San Francisco to Seattle: how do we plan a pleasant 4-day trip up the west coast? [more inside]
PacificNW/Food Filter: Best walk-in outlets for artisan bread in Seattle or Portland areas; gonna be up there over the weekend and want to bring home some chewy-crusty-soury-airy loaves. In the Poilane/Balthazar mold... Thanks!
So we're thinking about a road trip south from Vancouver to (maybe) LA... [more inside]
What to see/do and where to stay when visiting Portland, Seattle and Vancouver in October . . . [more inside]
You all were a great help last week. My trip to the Pacific Northwest has been bumped up to next week (Sun-Sun). I am looking for three things listed after the jump. [more inside]
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