Roadtrip from southern CA to Portland and Seattle
23.06.2009 - 26.06.2009 70 °F
Things to do/possible to do in a short roadtrip to the Pacific NW.
1. On the way to Portland take a drive through the college town Ashland, known for its Shakespearan Festival
2. Get lost in Powells books, which stretches a whole city block downtown
3. Hike to the top of Multnomah Falls just 20-30 miles outside Portland. It's a steep 1.5 mile climb, but worth the burning in the thighs.
4. We didn't quite have the time, but there's Wolf Haven, a wolf sanctuary, as well as a wild animal safari both short detours from the 5 North on the way from Portland to Seattle.
5. In Seattle, the 6th Avenue Inn is a resonably priced hotel downtown, close enough to walk where you want to be.
6. Do the Space Needle along with the Experience Music Project, but allow enough time to jam with your friends if you are even slightly interested in music. The Needle in my opinion wasn't worth the 16 bucks, unless you splurge and do the dinner in the rotating cabin up top. Unfortunately for two unemployed college grads at 35 per person minimum we couldn't splurge.
7. Icon Bar and Grill downtown was a pleasant surprise for late night drinks and appetizers for happy hour prices. The manager and bar tender were the only company, but they weren't too shabby.
8. Seattle Mariners vs. San Diego Padres. Nothing compares to rooting for your home team as a tourist in an away stadium.
9. Pike's Market was another pleasant surprise. Not just food. It's a mix of tourists and local shoppers, all a great time. And the tshirt company lets you print whichever design you want for a pretty low price.
10. Take a taxi to Alki Beach, rent a bike or rollerblades, even a kayak, and explore the coastline. This ride provides one of the best views of the Seattle skyline.
11. Finally, check out events at Q Cafe on 15th st. It's a community coffee shop which really gives back, donating %10 of its profits and also giving student discounts. They host events and concerts, and also serve fair trade organic Stumptown Coffee. What's a trip to Seattle without a coffee house visit? And you can't count your trip to Starbucks, even if it is the original at Pike's Place.