On our last day in Seattle, we spent the morning wandering the waterfront. Because if you’re in Seattle, why bother with any other activity, when the view looks like this:
Grunge. Coffee. Grey’s Anatomy. The Puget Sound.
What comes to your mind when you think of Seattle? Just based on the few things listed above, I knew we had to check out the Pacific Northwest’s largest city if we were going to be in the area.
We took the Amtrak train into the city, which was easy and relaxing. When we got into King Street Station, we immediately headed for our hotel, which was nearby in Pioneer Square. After dropping off our luggage and freshening up, we wandered out into the Emerald City.
We left Portland mid-day on a Saturday for the 90-minute drive to Cannon Beach.
After winding through the Oregon Coast Range (I erroneously thought the drive was going to be flat), we arrived in town just in time for lunch. We grabbed a quick bite and a few brews at the Cannon Beach Hotel & Restaurant before venturing onto the very, very windy beach.
Looking from the beach at the coastal range mountains. Continue reading
Our third day in Portland, we planned on heading to the Oregon coast but spent the morning exploring some of Portland.
After some coffee and crepes in the cute Northwest neighborhood at Vivace, we headed uphill to Pittock Mansion. Once the home of Henry and Georgiana Pittock, who were instrumental in building Portland into the city it is today, today it’s a museum.
I like to think the above photo says it all about our second day in Portland. We ventured outside of the city to what is indisputably the region’s crown jewel: the Columbia River Gorge.
Insert joke here about how “gorge”-eous it is.
Imagine wading through chilly water, with green-covered walls rising above you and cascading water ahead, pouring nearly 70-feet over the side of a basaltic cliff.
It sounds like something from a fantasy world, but it was actually just a side hike we took on our day-long tour of the Columbia River Gorge.