US Northwest by Suggestion

We found ourselves adrift on the Pacific Northwest.

All of the spots listed below are suggestions from you; our readers, our friends, and our families.

We mapped out our road trip based on the places y’all told us about. The locations took us up the coast of Oregon past the most scenic, tree-lined beaches you could imagine and into the funky-foodtopia of Portland.

Our house on wheels drove us into the Southern Coast of Washington, up the Olympic Peninsula, toward the grunge-casual, metropolis of Seattle. Then up to the majestic, San Juan Islands and Friday Harbor.

Heading eastward through Washington’s wine country and Oregon’s wild “west” (actually eastern) cities, we landed in Southern Idaho. From Boise to the Craters of the Moon, the sizzling hot temps could only be chilled by beer.

Chart your own Northwest road trip using our recommendation list below. Gaze over our iPhone photos, then hit the road.


Rouge RiverJerry’s Rouge Jets Lots of camping on the river
Pacific CityOregon Coast Off the beaten path
Tillamook Cheese FactoryThe Town that Cheese Built Bring digestive aid
Evergreen Aviation MuseumAircraft & ExhibitsSee the Spruce Goose
Multnomah FallsWiki the FallsWorth a trip outta Portland
AstoriaOldOregon.comWhere the Goonies was filmed.
PortlandTravel PortlandLove this city. Great public transport and food cart mania. We didn’t dig the Perl district.
Campground on the RiverBarton/Clackamas State ParkJust outside of Portland. Worth the commute.
Oregon VortexOur ExperienceIt’s real, man!
John Day Wilderness AreaBlue MountainsThis is on our bucket list
Beverly State Beach & CampgroundOregon State ParksOregon Coastal Camping at it’s finest.
DaytonVisit a VineyardThe Pinot Noir at Domaine Serene
Baker CityOregon’s Wild West (East)Feels like you’re in Northern Arizona


Olympic PeninsulaDestination GuideScenic drive
San Juan IslandsIsland GuideFerry boat ride to Friday Island. Rent a scooter to see the back roads.
Port TownsendCity Guide 
Fremont Troll at the Aurora Bridge, Seattle Roadside America at it’s finest
Microsoft CampusPlan a VisitIt helps to know someone on the inside. The Museum is open to the public though. We’re Mac fans but this was cool!
Seattle UndergroundBill Speidel’s TourYes, the town was built on the backs of women. Bring your allergy meds, the underground is musty, but still a must.
The Ballard LocksPuget Sound Ship CanalCool technology and views of the Puget Sound.
Cherrywood B&B, ZillahSleep in a TeepeeWhat goes on in the teepee…
Rattlesnake Ridge Trail
Elevation gain: 1,175 feet I almost died but the view at the top of the rock is amazing.


City of RocksNP Website 
Craters of the MoonNP WebsiteYes. Do stay at the campground. And take a Hike!
Atomic CityExperimental Breeder ReactorPopulation 24
Wallace Mining TownThe Center of the Universe 
HiawathaLookout PassBike along a railroad
SandpointSchweitzer MountainsScenic Drive
Knitting FactoryLive Music 
Main Auction, BoiseLive AuctionSaturday 10am
Bittercreek Ale House, BoiseBeers On-Tap‘Cause the Roaming Pint said so.
Campground Near BoiseMountain View RV ParkWalking distance from the bus stop!
Basque Street Food, Boise We loved paying with dirty sticks and tooth picks.
Basque Pub & EateryBar Gernika Cheese balls!
Indian FoodMadhuban“All Happiness depends on a leisurely Food”
Capitol City Public Marketthe MarketSaturday
Old PenitentiaryHistorical SocietySelf tour it.
Indy TheaterThe FlicksHot day hangout

Photo Journey of the Northwest

We’d LOVE to hear from YOU

Oregon, Washington, and Idaho are among our favorite U.S. States. Their cities, coasts, lava flows and locals are amazing. There is NO doubt we will be back gathering and reporting on more travel recommendations from this region.

So, leave your Northwest suggestion below in the comment section, we thank you for sharing.





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