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Old 06-20-2008, 04:53 PM   #1
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What to see in OR and WA?

Thinking of taking a trip into Oregon and Washington and looking for some cool stuff to see.

We have some young kids, six and under, and an 18 year old.

Open to theme parks, landmarks, national parks, etc...

Anything we should make sure not to miss?
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Indoor Waterpark Resort - Family Vacations at Indoor Water Parks - Great Wolf Lodge

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Old 06-20-2008, 05:08 PM   #3
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Crater Lake NP in Oregon is a definite must see. Also, the entire Oregon coast is beautiful with lots of expansive beaches and rocky cliffs. Oregon State Parks in general are very nice and RV friendly.
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I enjoyed the Erratic Rock, but that's just me.
Also, the Spruce Goose Museum might be worth a look.
Take them to Fort Clatsop (?) the terminus of Lewis and Clark's journey, then to Astoria and tell them that's where "Goonies" was supposed to have taken place.
Right across the Columbia R from there, you'll find some old (WW2 and earlier) forts and a couple of cool lighthouses.
Beautiful area.

Would be worth walking around downtown Portland for a while just to see how a city can be done. We really enjoyed it.
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Thinking of taking a trip into Oregon and Washington and looking for some cool stuff to see.

We have some young kids, six and under, and an 18 year old.

Open to theme parks, landmarks, national parks, etc...

Anything we should make sure not to miss?
JUST HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE??

Coming up from CA, you can hop over to Crater Lake NP. You won't believe that water can be so blue!!!!

The old ghost towns at Shaniko.

The OR coast, anywhere from Gold Beach to Astoria.

Definitely hit the Columbia River Gorge with Multnomah Falls. Try your hand at Windsurfing at Hood River (or just watch), go up to Mt. Hood and have dinner at Timberline Lodge (incredible views)......shall I continue????????

White water rafting on the White Salmon River (Class 4/5) in S. Washington, or go down the Deschutes River (milder) from Maupin, OR. Rent some bikes (unless you have your own) and ride the closed to cars 'Old Columbia River Highway Trail' which is now a State Park and runs from Hood River to the next town to the East...Mosier and see how they built roadways in the 20's. Very gentle slopes.

Now if you plan on spending more than a couple of days here, I'll get a more complete list together for you........
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Old 06-20-2008, 05:29 PM   #6
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Oh...take the jet boat (either the Mail Boat or Jerry's) up the Rogue River through the rapids from Gold Beach, Oregon.
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Thinking of taking a trip into Oregon and Washington and looking for some cool stuff to see....
do u mean besides the coast, mountains, volcanoes, forests, high alpine meadows, canyons, islands...

and the ONLY rain forest in mainland north america?

HOW MUCH time and WHAT'S THE ROUTE?

are u looking for natural wonders, man made things, cultural stuff, metro scenes, theme parks or what?

i had a friend fly in once to seattle,

who ONLY wanted to visit the hoh rain forrest,

the town where the tv series 'northern exposure' as staged,

and the jimi hendrix grave site...

so WHAT'S your interest?

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...Now if you plan on spending more than a couple of days here, I'll get a more complete list together for you........
hey lew do u mind sharing?

what rv park do u use in h.r.?

the only ones i saw were...
1. the trailer/rv/motel place across from the safeway
2. the park north of the bridge on the wash side.
3. the 2-3 state parks (on both sides) down the road a bit...

but not much else IN h.r....

i was out there for 3 weeks before heading south to sisters and will go back next year for a month...

so i'd like to be close in.

pm if ya wanna keep the locations secret...

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Old 06-20-2008, 06:54 PM   #9
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We are new to the Airstream scene. Just bought a 66 Caravel, and starting to do some restoration. We live in Silverton, OR. As to your trip. I'd like to put up for your consideration (depending on your interests) : Silver Falls State Park (10 mi. SE of Silverton) and the Oregon Garden (in Silverton). Check 'em out on Google. I also agree with the suggestions to see Crater Lake and the Aviation Museum in McMinnville (Spruce Goose and SO much more). If possible a run up the Columbia Gorge (Portland to The Dalles or maybe a bit further) is definitely worthwhile. See two or three dams, incredible changing scenery, wind- and kite-surfing in Hood River. If you end up in the Silverton area, look us up.
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Old 06-20-2008, 07:43 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone so far, great info.

We have two weeks and no plans. I'm thinking of going up the CA coast starting in Eureka and then up to the Trees of Mystery then on up into Oregon.

Thats all my plans so far. Keep the info coming...!
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I would recommend Powell's Bookstore in Portland, Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver WA, and Pike Place Market in Seattle. Try the chowder at Pike Place Chowder.
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Here's a couple more must sees:

- Ecola State Park just on the north side of Cannon Beach
- The Aquarium at Seaside, right on the boardwalk. Their seals splash you if you don't feed them fast enough. Great for kids.
- Cannery Row in Coos Bay
- Tillamook Cheese Factory in Tillamook of course.
- Air Museum also in Tillamook. World's largest wooden structure. Unbelieveable!!


How much more time do we have? Let us know if your itinerary isn't full yet.

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We spend six weeks each year in Oregon and Washington.

Fish and Chips at the Chart Room in Crescent City, CA.

A drive along the Oregon Coast is best done from north to south as there are so many places to pull out for the great views, and heading north, you must cross the highway.

Air Museum just south of Tillamook, OR

World Kite Museum in Long Beach Washington. World Kite Museum and Washington State International Kite Festival in Long Beach, Washington

Washington State International Kite Festival also in Long Beach Washington.
World Kite Museum and Washington State International Kite Festival in Long Beach, Washington

Bob's Sporting Goods in Longview, WA. If they don't have it, you don't need it. It's the Powell's Books of sporting goods stores.

If you do go to Powell/s Books in Portland, be sure to go around the corner to Winks Hardware. Neat old store.

I could go on, but I won't.
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And if you go to Powell's, you've gotta go to have lunch at Pete's Fish just up the street and around the corner. Been there forever. Now I'm getting hungry again.

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