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Staycation in the PNW

As Spring break approaches, many will be relieved of their anxiousness for a long awaited trip, and others will be contemplating their break plans. For those planning a staycation, the question is: what can a person do in the pacific northwest that is atypical from the average day? The answer is: there are a number of incredible opportunities for adventure and discovery that even the most hard-core Washingtonians have not experienced yet.


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Oregon adventures:


Summary: Powell’s City of Books is the largest used and new bookstore in the world, occupying an entire city block and housing approximately one million books. Located in downtown Portland’s Pearl District, the City of Books has nine color-coded rooms including a Rare Book Room.

Address: 1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

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Summary: Portland Saturday Market is Nationally recognized as the largest continuously operating open-air arts and crafts market in the country. Providing hand-crafted arts, crafts, and food.

Address: 2 SW Naito Parkway Portland, Oregon 97204

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Summary: The 4T Trail provides an experience where a trail, a tram, a trolley and a train combine for a one-of-a-kind, multi-modal way to enjoy Portland. Beginning with hiking uphill among the trees from the Oregon Zoo to Council Crest Park at 1,073  feet, being the highest point in the city, to the Portland Aerial Tram and glide 3,300 linear feet downhill in 3 minutes to the waterfront. Finishing by boarding the trolley to the heart of downtown Portland located in the center downtown’s shops, restaurants, and food carts.

Address: Washington Park MAX station at 4001 SW Canyon Road in Portland.

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Summary: Powell Butte National Park is hundreds of acres of meadowland and forest.  The park has miles of trails that accommodate hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Abundant wildlife populates the park, including rabbits, ring-necked pheasants, ground squirrels, raccoons, gray foxes, skunks, bats, chipmunks, coyotes, and black-tailed mule deer.


 Address: 16160 SE Powell Blvd

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Summary: The Japanese Garden is proclaimed to be the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan itself. The garden creates, maintains, improves, and administers an authentic, world-class Japanese garden in the city of Portland. It also offers educational, cultural, artistic, horticultural, environmental, and charitable activities within the garden. 

Address: 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205


Summary: Newberg 99W Drive-up theater, everything from Harry Potter to Transformers to Wall-E on opening day. The line begins

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at 6:30 and movies start at dusk with children playing frisbee, football and baseball in the meantime and adults playing cards their coolers. The environment is wholesome and it gives the feeling of an old-fashion drive-up theater, which it is.  The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for kids 6-11. Begins at the start of April till October, rain or shine, Fridays through Sunday.

Address: 304 E 1st St, Newberg, OR


Washington adventures:

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Summary: The Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and an icon of Seattle. The Space Needle was built in 1962, due to World Fair which drew in over 2.3 million visitors, and 20,000 who used the elevator every day. 

Address: 400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109

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Summary: The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a year-round recreational area offering the best of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, biking, golf, whitewater rafting and kayaking, windsurfing and kiteboarding, boating, bird watching, photography, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Through millenniums of geologic events, waterfalls have found their home in the Columbia River Gorge. 



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Summary: Museum of Flight is located at the southern end of King County International Airport. It is the largest private air and space museum in the world and hosts the largest K-12 educational programs in the world. 

Address: 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108



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Summary: Bellevue Square is a shopping center in Bellevue, Washington. The mall has 180 retail stores ranging from Macy’s and ZARA to Armani, MaxMara and DVF. The enormous mall is known as being a desirable fashion destination and the home of many jewelry stores and restaurants.

Address: 575 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004 


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Summary: Beacon Rock is 1.6 miles of trail primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding. Located along the Columbia river near Stevenson WA.

Address: 34841 State Highway 14, Stevenson, WA 98648


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