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LSUbase13
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Trip to the Pacific Northwest or Rocky Mountain area
Hello all, we're thinking about taking a trip this July or August to either the Pacific Northwest or the Wyoming, Idaho, Montana area of the Rocky Mountains -- we've been to Colorado a fair amount.

Any recommendations on where to go and stay? Should we go the Pacific Northwest route, we'd look to stay away from Seattle and Portland. We're looking more for great hiking, swimming, kayaking, local breweries, and so forth. Also, any recommendations on cool, unique places to stay (e.g. cool cabin or hotel on a lake or river) would be much appreciated.

ETA: We'd also consider Banff & Lake Louise. If anyone can chime in on the best way to get there, cost of staying there, things to do, that would also factor into our decision.

Thanks!
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Gaston
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re: Trip to the Pacific Northwest or Rocky Mountain area
I like the eastern Sierra range from Death Valley up through Mammoth and onto Lake Tahoe. It’s definitely a trip for y’all to do at some point, start researching it.

There are literally endless things to see, places to fish, trails upon trails, just mind boggling.

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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Trip to the Pacific Northwest or Rocky Mountain area
Idaho. Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint.

North Cascades in Washington. Possibly Olympic Peninsula.


LSUintheNW
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places to fish


Can only imagine what an out of state resident 3 day license is in CA. It's ridiculous in Oregon so it is probably giving up your 1st born there.


parrotdr
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Should we go the Pacific Northwest route, we'd look to stay away from Seattle and Portland. We're looking more for great hiking, swimming, kayaking, local breweries, and so forth. Also, any recommendations on cool, unique places to stay (e.g. cool cabin or hotel on a lake or river) would be much appreciated.


Last year we went to Oregon, and for part of the trip stayed in Hood River, a town on the Columbia River Gorge. Beautiful place, and on the river in that town is a Mecca for folks doing windsurfing, kite-surfing, kayaking, jet skiing. Lots of local breweries too. The trip down the gorge (about 60 miles from Portland to Hood River) is full of waterfalls and hikes.

From there we went to Mt. Hood, then Bend, then wine country (who knew Willamette Valley had 500 wineries?)

You do have to fly into Portland but you can get the hell out of there quick.

This was the view from our Air BnB, which was the first floor of a house and ran about 100/night, and was right across from Hood River in White Salmon, WA.

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Gaston
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re: Trip to the Pacific Northwest or Rocky Mountain area
Looks like $50 for 10 days.

https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Fishing

The eastern side of the Sierras is damn near desolate. It's mind boggling to think about all of these lakes and streams and how long it would take to even get decent beta on catching fish.

Image: https://www.scenic395.com/default/assets/Image/fishing-map-links.png


I bought the map linked below, gave it to a family who let us stay in Lake Tahoe, and it is unreal for detail of the area. Combined that with my trail guidebooks and I only almost killed the family once with my route finding skills. I'm from flat land, so my instincts can not always be trusted.

https://www.imusgeographics.com/sierra-nevada-map
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LSUbase13
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It's ridiculous in Oregon so it is probably giving up your 1st born there.


$54.50 for three days, $84.50 for seven days?

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LSUbase13
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re: Trip to the Pacific Northwest or Rocky Mountain area
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n Hood River,


Hood River and Bend are definitely on my radar. Those towns were what I was initially thinking of when making this post. I wouldn't mind catching the Oregon coast and beach for a day or two as well. Pretty accessible from Hood River/Bend?


LSUbase13
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North Cascades in Washington


Looks absolutely incredible. Any recommendations on where to stay? I assumed we'd fly into Seattle and rent a car should we go with this destination.

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parrotdr
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I wouldn't mind catching the Oregon coast and beach for a day or two as well. Pretty accessible from Hood River/Bend?


It's on the other side of Portland (which is actually inland from the ocean). I bit of a drive but not horrible--depends on what you want to do. Much better to hit Bend AFTER Hood River.

We did a huge rectangular trip--Portland--the Gorge/Hood River--Mt. Hood--Bend--Wine Country and back up to fly out of Portland. Took 10 full days.

Want to get back for the coast and Crater Lake one day.


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Gaston
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re: Trip to the Pacific Northwest or Rocky Mountain area
That’s gorgeous.


parrotdr
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You really can't go wrong with the wilderness areas in the Pacific NW. You'll be fine with whatever you decide to do. Plus you're always surrounded by microbrews!


LSUintheNW
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54.50 for three days, $84.50 for seven days?


Kate Brown is the devil.

WA is cheaper. I paid 120 for a yearly out of state resident.



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Rep520
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re: Trip to the Pacific Northwest or Rocky Mountain area
Oregon Coast was best vacation I've ever had. Pacific is chilly for swimming w/o wetsuit, but surfing and hiking is great.

It's about 75 min from Portland. Wife and I stayed in Cannon Beach and it is awesome. View into town:

Image: https://www.tolovanainn.com/new/wp-content/uploads/Oregon-Coast-Trail-landscape.jpg
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LSUintheNW
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re: Trip to the Pacific Northwest or Rocky Mountain area
Good idea staying away from Sea and Pdx. It takes a day to have your fill.

Lots of great suggestions so far.

In Oregon, Hood River and Bend are a lot of fun. Bend has more to do imo.

If you go to Cannon Beach check out the Saddle Mountain hike.

Best view of the coast is there.

If you go to Bend do the Green Lakes trail. You'll see 5 mountains. Possible permit system coming soon so it could be your last chance.


parrotdr
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If you go to Bend do the Green Lakes trail. You'll see 5 mountains. Possible permit system coming soon so it could be your last chance.


Similar hike, and not as long--the Tumalo Mountain Hike. Only two miles up but a 1400 foot gain in that short distance. Once at the top you get a close-up and grand view of Bachelor Mountain and the Three Sisters.

Tumalo Mountain Hike


Jax-Tiger
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re: Trip to the Pacific Northwest or Rocky Mountain area
If you stay in Hood River for a couple of days, you can always drive due south to Bend and stay a few days there. You can make an all day trip of it and stop visit Cove Palisades and Smith Rock to get in a couple of hikes.

We always like to float the Deschutes River when we're in town. Takes a couple of hours, but it's very relaxing and the kids would enjoy it.

As mentioned, Crater Lake is great, as well as the Oregon Coast, but it all depends on how much driving you want to do. If you want to spend more time hiking and doing, I'd pick Hood River/Bend or the Oregon Coast, but not both.

If you go to Olympic National Park, stay in Port Townsend. From Port Townsend, Victoria, BC is a very cool side trip, as is Poulsbo. If going to the North Cascades, Leavenworth is a neat little Bavarian town to stay in.

ETA: If you decide on Oregon, I can help you find good breweries that are family friendly and serve excellent food.

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LSUintheNW
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If you stay in Hood River for a couple of days, you can always drive due south to Bend and stay a few days there. You can make an all day trip of it and stop visit Cove Palisades and Smith Rock to get in a couple of hikes.


OP....that drive around Hood and then south to Bend is very scenic.

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If you decide on Oregon


Yes, let us know and we can give more specific info.





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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Trip to the Pacific Northwest or Rocky Mountain area
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Any recommendations on where to stay?


Stehikin or Ross Lake

Lake Chelin is gorgeous too. Hike around Mt Baker

North Cascades are as close to the mountains of Alaska as you'll find in the lower 48

Mt Shuskint

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Lake Chelan

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PureMetairie
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re: Trip to the Pacific Northwest or Rocky Mountain area
Any of you guys with information about Oregon care to share your email address? I am making a trip soon and would love to get some suggestions.


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