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niki72
post Dec 29 2009, 08:37 AM
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I will visit the Pacific Northwest with my boyfriend from May, 24th until June 12th. We like to hike and to see the wildlife, enjoy the occasional city trip (not much into museums though) and will also be visiting friends in Richland, WA.
The information on the internet is so overwhelming that it is diffucult to make a choice. If you have must-see sights you can recommend or some must-do activities, please let me know.
Some insider information about good restaurants or places to stay is also welcome.
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post Dec 29 2009, 11:01 AM
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Hey, just moved your topic to the USA forum.

Have you asked your friends in Richland about cool stuff to do? They are probably housing a wealth of information that you just need to ask them about!

Are you going as far as Portland? I am just DYING to visit Portland myself, so I'd advise that you go there.

Virtual Tourist is a good resource for finding good travel tips, check out the Washington section of the site and see what they say:

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North...gton_State.html

Also, don't forget to check some of the blogs on TP. This is a good one from the Richland area: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entri...52280/tpod.html


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I live in Seattle but can't think of anything interesting for you. The only worthwhile activities are dining & clubbing. (see theStranger.com for such info) I've been to Portland & was bored & everything cost so much. You may not like staying in Seattle or Portland, but small towns to the east, closer to the mountains, would be better.

For hiking, there are national parks all along the Cascades. Look up info on national parks & rental cabins for those areas. In my area, there's Cougar State Park & Mt Si. I've been to those & enjoyed them very much. The area east of Lake Sammamish has a lot of wild & rugged areas.


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Thanks Nat! That stuff sounds pretty interesting to me!


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My last trip to that region, last Spring, involved the Amtrak Coast Starlight train from Seattle to Portland through Eugene through Sacramento to Berkeley for a total of around $120.
Affordable way to see the countryside without the stress of driving yourself.

The Green Tortoise hostel in Seattle across from Pike's Place Market is the best all around value hostel (clean, affordable, location, etc..) I have been to.
From that base, there is plenty to see, do, and eat within a few blocks. The bus to the University of Washington might be a cheap excursion to look into, that will give you a view of the city without getting on a ferry.
But since you have time, maybe you want to take the 3 hour ferry to Bremerton. Not much there, but it gives you an incredible view of the Seattle skyline and the Puget Sound in general.

As for Portland, if you like microbrews, books, and coffee you are in one of the best locations in the States.

On one side of the river, you have the Hawthorne district which is a mecca for quality coffee, food, and hip boutiques in a quiet neighborhood setting.
On the other side of the river, you have the downtown where I visited Powell's bookstore (covering an entire city block) and the Chinese Garden which made a pretty cool setting for sipping exotic (though pricey) tea.

The entire Oregon coast consists of stunning cliffs, tidal pools, and forest. Florence (sand dunes) and The Sea Lion Cave come to mind. You would need to rent a car for this excursion, as the Coast Starlight does not actually travel along the coast.

Hope that gives you something to work with..
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Thank you for the tips. I don't think I'll go as far south as Portland. I think I'll rather go east all the way to Yellowstone in WY. I have never been there and I think it must be an amazing place. What kind of weather should I expect end of May, beginning of June?

Any trip ideas between Seattle and Yellowstone are welcome.
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Hello~I just asked some of my hiker friends for their fav. place(s) to go for a day hike...Since you said you like to hike, I assume you're not beginners; I told them you were more like "medium" (if there is such a thing! lol).....I live close to the Canadian crossings and this is a fav. destination....I just wanted to be give you the "best" suggestions, so I'll post again soon!
You'll be visiting during a lovely time of year and you'll prob. think the locals are acting a little hyper- smile.gif we're not really..... dance3.gif ....it's part of the recovery process of our long, wet, cold winters and "cabin-fever" withdrawls....
Be sure to bring a raincoat with smile.gif
G'day!
Colette

P.S. If you go to Yellowstone, you'll be spending a lot of time on the road...It's beautiful, but with so much to do in WA.State, are you sure you want to do Yellowstone at this time?
I'll see what I can put together for you, and post a list of things to do so you can weigh the options ..... either way, you're gonna love it here!
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post Jan 4 2010, 06:25 AM
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Thanks, Colette, I am looking forward to some great hiking places and your "best suggestions". I guess "medium" is pretty accurate to describe our hiking level.
I realise that driving to Yellowstone will be a lot of time on the road but I don't plan to go there in one stretch. I want to make some stops along the road. For example, I read you can go rafting in serveral places in Montana. That would make a great and adventurous stop. Any experience with rafting?
We are looking for an active vacation with a lot of things to see at the same time.
Thanks for your help!
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OK, I am happy to help you...We have property in Superior, MT. so I know the area fairly well, and have been to Yellowstone many times....You will enjoy the trip, and so I know what to help you with now....I'll be back later today and will brainstorm and tell you some of my fav. places so you can check them out...

The following is the reply I got from our hiking friends...I'm in kind of a hurry so I will just quote them here....G'day and talk to you soon smile.gif

(I need to ask them about Mt.Baker near where I live...I've heard that Artist point is really awesome but I don't know if it will be open...Google it and see if they will be ??? maybe?

Cassies answer about hiking in WA.State...

"That's a hard call! It depends on what they like. Lake Serence in Steven's Pass is beautiful. Mailbox Peak in Snoqualmie Pass is VERY steep, but the views are great. Silver Peak in Snoqualime Pass was very nice, but hard to find.

Hope this helps!"


QUOTE(niki72 @ Jan 4 2010, 06:25 AM) *

Thanks, Colette, I am looking forward to some great hiking places and your "best suggestions". I guess "medium" is pretty accurate to describe our hiking level.
I realise that driving to Yellowstone will be a lot of time on the road but I don't plan to go there in one stretch. I want to make some stops along the road. For example, I read you can go rafting in serveral places in Montana. That would make a great and adventurous stop. Any experience with rafting?
We are looking for an active vacation with a lot of things to see at the same time.
Thanks for your help!

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Hey you guys are awesome, thanks for your help!

I'm going to be in this area this year, so you're helping me out too.


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Hello, It's Tuesday afternoon and I'm still in bed sick with the flu (I guess sad.gif so I'll be working on the list I want to make of my fav.places....It's just taking longer than I expected, I keep falling asleep....thank 'God for lap-tops smile.gif it's my bed-partner today....

First of all, I suggest that as soon as you can, apply for the travel guides for all the States you want to travel in....

Here is Washingtons...
http://www.experiencewa.com

There is one for Mt. and Idaho, etc....You'll get your maps for free, event lists for the dates you'll be visiting, plus savings for lodging, etc....

If you want one of the best rafting experiences, I would route my route thru Idaho and do it there...then drive Hwy 75 thru the Sawtooth Mtn.s and come into Montana this way instead of boring I-90 ....After rafting you can drive another few hours and end up at Torrey's and stay in a cabin on the Salmon River....
http://www.torreysburntcreekinn.com/index.html

The next day, it's not too long of a drive to Montana...and the area is so beautiful, most people never take the time to see it....I discovered it when we sold two of our horses to Torreys....If you go, you'll have to give my two babies a hug for me....Moses and Mr.Boo, haflinger horses that we raised from foal and sold to her to become trail horses smile.gif

Anyway, let me kinow if this interests you....their are some travel guides you can order for free thru her site on maps and links...

To give you some ideas of our favorite places...first tell me a little about yourself and what you like, etc.....

For instance, when my family travels .. on road trips, it's always with a small dog...

Will you have a dog with you?

We like to visit mineral hot springs, do you? Lots of mineral springs were you're headed!

Do you like museums, history, casinos? Cody Wy. the Buffalo Bill's Museum is awesome..

How many days in Yellowstone?
Camping or stay inside at one of their lodges?
Budget for accomodations on your road-trip...what star hotel do you like to stay in on the road? This will help me, epecially ifyou have a dog with you...
My family and I will drive a long distance, stop at a "nice" rest area, and sleep....then we've saved the money we would have spent on lodging one night and use that money to stay at our destination...Do you like to do this, too?

When in WA. State do you want to go to Canada, San Juan Islands etc.?

Don't forget to research Tripadvisor and read other travel reviews....



OK, I think that's about it....smile.gif DO write and apply for your travel guides because they take a long time to reach you, and sometimes they run-out :/
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smile.gif smile.gif <3

QUOTE(thebertstriplog @ Jan 4 2010, 01:32 PM) *

OK, I am happy to help you...We have property in Superior, MT. so I know the area fairly well, and have been to Yellowstone many times....You will enjoy the trip, and so I know what to help you with now....I'll be back later today and will brainstorm and tell you some of my fav. places so you can check them out...

The following is the reply I got from our hiking friends...I'm in kind of a hurry so I will just quote them here....G'day and talk to you soon smile.gif

(I need to ask them about Mt.Baker near where I live...I've heard that Artist point is really awesome but I don't know if it will be open...Google it and see if they will be ??? maybe?

Cassies answer about hiking in WA.State...

"That's a hard call! It depends on what they like. Lake Serence in Steven's Pass is beautiful. Mailbox Peak in Snoqualmie Pass is VERY steep, but the views are great. Silver Peak in Snoqualime Pass was very nice, but hard to find.

Hope this helps!"


QUOTE(niki72 @ Jan 4 2010, 06:25 AM) *

Thanks, Colette, I am looking forward to some great hiking places and your "best suggestions". I guess "medium" is pretty accurate to describe our hiking level.
I realise that driving to Yellowstone will be a lot of time on the road but I don't plan to go there in one stretch. I want to make some stops along the road. For example, I read you can go rafting in serveral places in Montana. That would make a great and adventurous stop. Any experience with rafting?
We are looking for an active vacation with a lot of things to see at the same time.
Thanks for your help!


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I like your name, Rolling Stone...smile.gif You'll gather no moss and that's important in the Northwest smile.gif....Happy Day <3 and Happy New Year.....<3 ....

QUOTE(starlagurl @ Jan 4 2010, 04:05 PM) *

Hey you guys are awesome, thanks for your help!

I'm going to be in this area this year, so you're helping me out too.

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There is an amazing rafting-river in Idaho that I would recommend....You can route your route thru this area, and you'll end up north of Missoula if you take the road we like to take...
We discovered this area when we delivered two horses to Torries Burnt Creek Inn....
I was thinking you would really enjoy this drive, and go rafting as well would be a lot of fun...
You could even stay at Torries in one of their cabins on the river after your rafting experience...(if you're not toooo tired to drive, that is)


QUOTE(thebertstriplog @ Jan 4 2010, 01:10 AM) *

Hello~I just asked some of my hiker friends for their fav. place(s) to go for a day hike...Since you said you like to hike, I assume you're not beginners; I told them you were more like "medium" (if there is such a thing! lol).....I live close to the Canadian crossings and this is a fav. destination....I just wanted to be give you the "best" suggestions, so I'll post again soon!
You'll be visiting during a lovely time of year and you'll prob. think the locals are acting a little hyper- smile.gif we're not really..... dance3.gif ....it's part of the recovery process of our long, wet, cold winters and "cabin-fever" withdrawls....
Be sure to bring a raincoat with smile.gif
G'day!
Colette

P.S. If you go to Yellowstone, you'll be spending a lot of time on the road...It's beautiful, but with so much to do in WA.State, are you sure you want to do Yellowstone at this time?
I'll see what I can put together for you, and post a list of things to do so you can weigh the options ..... either way, you're gonna love it here!

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Oh boy, I just realized that your name is not Rolling Stone ...that's your status...dumb-de-dumb-dumb MEEEE....sorry....anyway, it's nice to meet you....
let me ask where is your home, what state?
what time of year will you be coming?

QUOTE(thebertstriplog @ Jan 5 2010, 06:36 PM) *

I like your name, Rolling Stone...smile.gif You'll gather no moss and that's important in the Northwest smile.gif....Happy Day <3 and Happy New Year.....<3 ....

QUOTE(starlagurl @ Jan 4 2010, 04:05 PM) *

Hey you guys are awesome, thanks for your help!

I'm going to be in this area this year, so you're helping me out too.


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Hi Colette,

You are really helping me out here! You give me a lot of ideas to look into. I think your flew was contagious because now in bed with the flew too... I hope you are feeling better by now.

What you said about the travel guides is not possible for me. I live in Belgium, Europe and most travel guides are only shipped within the States and Canada sad.gif I'll keep looking though. Sometimes some of them do ship to Europe.

I'll take some time this afternoon to go through all your suggestions and will write again then.

Thanks for all your help!
If we decide to go to Torreys, I'll make sure to hug your 'babies' for you.

Bye,
Niki
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Oh boy, both of down with the flu puts a new spin on "computer viruses" doesn't it smile.gif

I had no idea you were in Belgium.....but have no fear...the travel guides are also viewable online...smile.gif you can print out the pages you need, I think?
Are you flying into Seattle, and renting a car? If renting a vehicle be sure you rent a 4 wheel drive SUV because of the road conditions and melting snow...etc. You don't want to bottom out on a giant pot-hole, and have to pay for the vehicles repair and get stranded somewhere...Also, check the rates both on airport property rental cars and off property...*they will come pick you up and take you to the rental agency* and you will save a lot of money this way....If you are flying into SeaTac, Seattle's airport, you can also catch the airport shuttle to Redmond area and rent there...

So, I guess you won't be traveling with a dog (hehe) but the Holiday Inn Express Hotels are still a good choice when driving the I-90 from Seattle to Montana....their rates include a big breakfast buffet, and evening cookies...they have very comfortable beds, and have laundry facilities (you can pack light this way) and are always nearby restaurants....

Then their are private owned lodging (like Torreys) and although I always use the RV site in Yellowstone, some of our family like to stay in the lodge...You should allow a few days to see the park, Old Faithful, Grand Geyser, etc....so the lodge may be the highest priced hotel you rent...if you rent outside the park the night before you enter in, you will save and then wake up very early and spend the entire day inside....spend the night in one of the lodges and the see the sites in the park on the second day (checking out) and drive towards Wyoming to save on lodging....I can help recommend the hotels, or if you have some in mind, I'll check them out for you..smile.gif

Thanks for offering to hug my babies sad.gif I miss them) although I still have two Haflingers (from Austrian-Danish stock) each horse has a unique personality, and I miss that....

this is a link to Idaho travel guide- with online maps of roads, rivers (the Payette is one of my favorites) and other info. you'll need....

http://www.visitidaho.org/mapsimages/maps.aspx

Torreys is near Stanley, and the road you would want is above Boise..

OK, I'm back to bed, and feeling better indeed....I hope you are better quickly too....drink lots of water!!! This always helps me...

Happy Day--Colette




QUOTE(niki72 @ Jan 6 2010, 04:28 AM) *

Hi Colette,

You are really helping me out here! You give me a lot of ideas to look into. I think your flew was contagious because now in bed with the flew too... I hope you are feeling better by now.

What you said about the travel guides is not possible for me. I live in Belgium, Europe and most travel guides are only shipped within the States and Canada sad.gif I'll keep looking though. Sometimes some of them do ship to Europe.

I'll take some time this afternoon to go through all your suggestions and will write again then.

Thanks for all your help!
If we decide to go to Torreys, I'll make sure to hug your 'babies' for you.

Bye,
Niki

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I haven't been able to come back online for a while and also the planning of my trip had to wait for a while but now I am back at it. I even have an provisory itinerary. Any advice, comments, ... are welcome!

May 24th: arrival in Seattle (with jet lag probably ... I fly in from Europe), rent a car and go to my friends in Richland, WA where I'd like to stay until May 27th. From there we'll go to Yellowstone. I plan a total of 5 days to make the trip from Richland to Yellowstone and to visit the park. This would mean spending the Memorial weekend in the Park. Is that a good idea or should I shuffle my planning in order not to be in a busy park like Yellowstone?
Next on our program is Glacier national park and then back to Richland. (I count 4 days to drive from Yellowstone to Glacier, visit the park and drive from Glacier to Richland.) On June 6th, we would leave Richland again and go to Vancouver where we would stay until June 11th. While staying in Vancouver, we would not only visit the city itself but maybe go hiking in the surrounding mountains, go to the nearby rainforest and maybe take a daytrip with a seaplane to Victoria (anyone who has experience with seaplan trips or any advice?)
On June 12th, we are expected in Bellevue, WA for the wedding of our friend's daughter.
After the wedding we still have a few days left to visit Seattle and surroundings. We fly back to Europe on June 16th.

So? What do you think?

Also recommendations on nice and inexpensive places to stay are more than welcome. We would like to rent rooms at an average of max. 100 USD per night. Do you think that is realistic? We don't go looking for great luxury but want clean rooms with a private bathroom.

I am looking forward to hearing from you travellers and locals! Thanks in advance!
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