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    Larsen Guest

    Default Pac NW & Canada

    My husband & I are planning a 3 week trip in the Fall from So. Oregon up thru Washington and into Canada. We will be traveling in a small camper. We like to fish, enjoy nature. Any ideas of "must see" places?

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    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Washington state coast/Olympic Peninsula

    Default Some ideas

    Are you traveling the coast highway, or on I-5, or are you concentrating on the east side of the mountains? Obviously, my suggestions would be different for each of those routes. If you have an idea of your route, let us know so we can give more specific suggestions.

    Some general ideas off I-5 (south to north):
    Crater Lake
    Oregon Vortex
    Oregon Gardens with Frank Lloyd Wright home
    Mt. Hood
    Columbia River Gorge (check out Vista Point!)
    Beacon Rock
    Maryhill & Stonehenge
    Mt. St. Helens - a must see!
    Mt. Rainier
    Seattle: Hiram Chittenden Locks, Fremont, Pike Place Market (watch out for flying fish!), Pioneer Square, the waterfront, Seattle Center (ride the monorail), Boeing tour, catch a Mariner game (beautiful stadium), take a boat tour of Puget Sound, paddle on Lake Union and check out the houseboats (look for the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat)
    San Juan Islands
    Deception Pass
    North Cascades Highway to Winthrop
    Chuckanut Drive
    In Canada: Stanley Park, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Gastown, Harrison Hot Springs, Whistler, White Rock

    Ideas on the coast:
    Brookings (just a cool town)
    Gold Beach & Rogue River (great river rafting)
    Bandon (another cool town)
    Oregon Dunes National Rec Area (get a fun dune-buggy ride on these huge dunes!)
    Sea Lion Caves
    Newport (great aquarium where Keiko used to live and other toursty but fun attractions like a Ripley's Museum, etc.)
    all the various lighthouses along the way
    Tillamook Cheese Factory
    Fort Stevens State Park
    Fort Clatsop (recreation of Lewis & Clark fort)
    Astoria (yet another cool town)
    Long Beach Peninsula area in Washington
    Ocean Shores and the other smaller beach towns north of there
    Lake Quinault (beautiful and lots of great short hikes into the Olympia National Forest & Olympic National Park)
    Kalaloch Beach
    Hall of Mosses near Forks
    Lake Ozette
    Makah Indian National Museum (very cool artifacts found at Lake Ozette)
    Lake Crescent
    Hurricane Ridge
    Dungeness Wildlife Refuge
    Port Townsend
    Vancouver Island (Victoria, Burtchart Gardens and more)

    Whew...if you're going up the east side of the mountains, let me know and I'll write some suggestions for that area.

    There's much to see up this way. Enjoy your trip!


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