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What are some must-do things near Lincoln Beach?

Lincoln Beach (not to be confused with Lincoln City) makes a good base for exploring the Central Oregon Coast. My first choice for a day trip would be south to Newport. On your way, you can make a quick stop at the Boiler Bay Viewpoint and spend some time in the small town of Depoe…

Where can we sleep in a yurt, cabin or teepee in Southern Oregon?

You can find yurts at the state park campground between Medford and Grants Pass at Valley of the Rogue State Park, but they may be booked… they tend to book fast. For a really unique ‘glamping’ option right in Medford, I recommend Morriplum Farm Sanctuary. It’s between Medford and Jacksonville, and the couple who run…

Which mountain is the best to ski in mid-May?

The best place to ski mid-May (in my opinion) is without a doubt Timberline Ski Area. It is a short 1.5 hours from Portland. They do have a rental shop in case you don’t feel like traveling with your gear. Depending on what your free time looks like you can ski in the morning, hike…

Where should we stay between Salt Lake City and Seattle?

With the distance between Salt Lake and Seattle being around 832 miles, Baker City (464 miles) and La Grande (506 miles) both offer a close halfway point for the overall trip. Staying in Ontario (392 miles) would mean a shorter first day of travel, however, but depending how you want to break up the trip would…

Is Highway 101 able to accommodate a 42′ motorhome with a towed vehicle

Highway 101 in Oregon allows RVs up to 45 feet in length with a maximum length of 65 feet overall between RV and towed passenger vehicle.

Can you suggest some kid-friendly detours in Southern Oregon?

Thanks for your question! It sounds like you’d like to stick pretty close to I-5 during your road trip, but if you haven’t seen it, I do recommend Crater Lake National Park, of course. It’s about two hours from I-5 via either Ashland or Medford. If that’s too far off-track, consider a stop in Ashland…

Do I need 4-wheel drive for the Alvord Desert?

In terms of the Alvord Desert, many people travel to these remote campsites near the hot springs in campers and cars. While the roads are gravel, they are often in good condition, but keep an eye out on weather as your trip nears, as heavy rains can change those conditions. The Alvord is really a…

What is a good three-day Oregon Coast itinerary?

Three days to travel all 363-miles of the Oregon Coast would limit your stops to only the most accessible attractions and leave little time for hiking, long beach walks or to feel like you have really experienced the coast. It’s possible, but you would pretty much be limited to short stops, getting out of the…

What time of year is the best for fishing the rivers around Portland?

Around Portland, you’ll find the best bites for winter steelhead in February and March; spring chinook in May and June; summer steelhead in Spetmber; coho salmon in late September and October; fall chinook in October and November.

Which Willamette Valley town offers quaint inns and wineries?

Sounds like a fun trip you have planned. My top recommendation for a trip that has all of the above (out of the way pretty wineries, good food, interesting accommodations and a close flight) would be for you to focus your trip on the southern portion of the Willamette Valley. The entire Willamette Valley is…

For our honeymoon in Bend, where should we visit?

How wonderful that you’ll be honeymooning in Bend! There is so much to see and do here. Where should I begin… take a walk on the Deschutes River Trail, which stretches 19 miles on trails both paved and dirt. Wander downtown and in Drake Park with views of the mountains and river. Dine at Jackson’s…

Which Southern Oregon city is best for people with limited mobility?

I suggest you focus on the town of Ashland, right off I-5, which has a fun energy and is accessibility-forward. I apologize I can’t give you specifics on what exact places will have wheelchair accessibility, but I do know that the city in general makes effort to be so. Take a stroll through Lithia Park, which…

Where should we have our big annual friends camping trip?

Your camping trip sounds like a great tradition. Here are a few ideas to consider: 1) Oregon Coast – Cape Lookout State Park: The Oregon Coast is an amazing place to visit any time of the year, and I think that Cape Lookout is extra special because you can hike out to the end of…

Are there any new attractions near Pacific City to see?

There is an escape room in Cannon Beach if you’re interested in a day trip. Other options that may interest you are ATV rentals for sand dune riding at nearby Sand Lake and Kayak Tillamook offers kayak tours at several locations in that area. Horse back riding tours are offered by Green Acres Beach &…

What are the best wildlife viewing areas near Carlton?

You’re in luck — the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife maintains a great map where you can view the best wildlife viewing areas all over the state. Here’s the link: https://myodfw.com/wildlife-viewing. Click “view map” to get to an interactive version where you can get more information. The closest wildlife viewing locations to Carlton are the…

Where are some of the best places to find sea glass?

Oregon is not known for sea glass and I don’t know of any beaches that have a reputation as being better locations than others. Since most beach glass comes from bottles that have been floating in the ocean and come to rest on beaches pushed ashore by winds and tidal conditions, glass can be distributed…

What routes from Baker City should I take for an adventure?

Baker City is a great place to start any number of road trips that take you off of the interstate. If you are wanting to head toward the southwest (or southeast or further south) the easiest way is to head out toward Sumpter to Prairie City to John Day using Highway 7 to Highway 26….

Will Newberry Crater be open in April?

Newberry National Volcanic Monument will not be accessible by car. The road isn’t usually plowed and open until May. As for Lava River Cave, it isn’t open at all. Not until May 3.

What historic sites should we see in Salem?

What a fun travel adventure! Salem has a lot of historic sites to explore. First I recommend ordering a free Travel Salem guide, which will have loads of helpful information. In the meantime, here are some web links you can use to start your planning. The Salem state capitol building: This is a must-visit, and…

When visiting Coos Bay is it better to fly into Portland or Eugene?

In addition to Portland and Eugene, Medford (MFR) is also an option as an airport. The drive from Portland to Coos Bay is about 4.25 hours and if you have the time, it could offer the opportunity for more sightseeing. Your options would include traveling down the Oregon Coast, a stop at Silver Falls State…