March 11, 2013

our favorite places to go in the Pacific Northwest

at Silver Falls
Leaving the Pacific Northwest meant leaving behind not only our house and people we miss, but also going far from some places we loved to visit.

Favorite Places in the Pacific Northwest:

The Pacific Ocean/Oregon Coast at various locations: Fort Stevens, Seaside & Cannon Beach, from Lincoln City down to Newport, and Cape Arago

Mt. St. Helens (the south side via Woodland/Cougar, Ape Caves and Lava Canyon)

Silver Falls near Silverton, Oregon (so many beautiful falls and we never saw them all!)

Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon

Sunriver & Bend (love the canoeing, horse riding, and great bike trails during summer at Sunriver; wanted to take the kids there once they were good with their bikes, plus there is the High Desert Museum, lava cast forest, and lava river tube cave in the Bend area)

OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) in Portland

Oregon Zoo in Portland

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum (home of the amazing Spruce Goose and a totally cool SR71 Blackbird)

Fort Stevens, north Oregon Coast, South Jetty

I have to remind myself we are in a new area with new possibilities, and we are looking forward to them! Of course there are smaller local attractions in our immediate area also, but these are the biggies we are excited to be closer to now. Also, every year there are huge bead/gem sales in Tucson, maybe now it's a bit more realistic to think I'll go someday! (ooooh, that could be dangerous!)

Places we look forward to visiting when we can:

Sedona (I've always wanted to go there!)

Grand Canyon

San Diego: SeaWorld and San Diego Zoo (we went when the kids were small, but they don't remember much and would love to go again!) also want to visit other museums in Balboa Park

Los Angeles area: Disneyland, Universal Studios, LegoLand, Medieval Times, La Brea Tar Pits, Santa Monica, Queen Mary (I have been to some of these, but the kids never have)

If anyone has suggestions of other great family-friendly Arizona or Southern California destinations (that don't involve camping), let me know!

maple tree in Oregon (love all that green!)

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