Spring around the Compass: Family Getaways in the Pacific Northwest - Page 2
South – One of the best and most unique spots south of Seattle is Mt St. Helen's National Monument, where you can discover how quickly the mountain has recovered from the 1980 eruption. If your kids answer enough questions and listen to an engaging ranger educational program, they can become official Junior Rangers.
A little further, Long Beach, aptly-named, has a very long beach and a vacation-town atmosphere complete with kite shop and board walk...perfect for your budding geologists.
East – Spring in the Cascade Mountains is spectacular. Spend a night in Leavenworth, WA, a Bavarian-themed village on the other side of Steven’s Pass. We think it’s all a little silly but the beer is good, the ice cream is outstanding, and the mini-golf is a lot of fun. On your way over the mountains, enjoy spring skiing at Steven’s or Snoqualmie Pass.
Spring is also the perfect time to try a white water rafting adventure. I spent a decade working with RiverRider.com. They offer some of the best trips around, complete with a delicious BBQ lunch!
If you’re looking for something a little less adventurous, you can always hit the Yakima Valley for a fantastic selection of wineries and, usually, more sunny skies. If anyone in your family loves the outdoors, this is definitely a must-visit place.
Thanks, Bill and Ashley! I've not explored much outside of Seattle when we visit - time to change that up. Our daughter will love ALL of these activities!
For more on Bill and Ashley’s book, family travel planning tips, and details about their getaways near and far from Seattle, check out their website http://www.FamilyOnTheLoose.com and connect on Facebook (‘Family on the Loose’) or Twitter @familyonloose.
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