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?
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):
Oregon Gardens with Frank Lloyd Wright home
Columbia River Gorge (check out Vista Point!)
Maryhill & Stonehenge
Mt. St. Helens - a must see!
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
North Cascades Highway to Winthrop
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)
Hall of Mosses near Forks
Makah Indian National Museum (very cool artifacts found at Lake Ozette)
Dungeness Wildlife Refuge
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!