BC: DEPARTED | West Coast | 15 MAR 2013
1: West Coast | WEST COAST | ARRIVED 9 MAR 2013 | The Pacific Northwest is a diverse geographic region, dominated by several mountain ranges, including the Coast Mountains, the Cascade Range, the Olympic Mountains, the Columbia Mountains, and the Rocky Mountains.
2: Spring Break 2013 took us to the Pacific Northwest! Our journey began in Seattle Washington...
4: Seattle is a major coastal seaport and the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region. The Space Needle is Seattle's most recognizable landmark.
6: The Space Needle | The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washington and a major landmark of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and a symbol of Seattle. Located at the Seattle Center, it was built for the 1962 World's Fair. The Space Needle is 605 feet high at its highest point and 138 feet wide at its widest point and weighs 9,550 tons. When it was completed it was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River.
8: Transportation No vacation would be complete without a look at the city through its mass transit system. We were lucky enough to try the Seattle Sound light rail, the monorail and even took a ferry to Bainbridge Island!
10: Oregon is the 9th most extensive and the 27th most populous of the 50 United States. Oregon contains a diverse landscape including the windswept Pacific coastline, the volcanoes of the rugged and glaciated Cascade Mountain Range, The tall Douglas firs and redwoods along the rainy Western Oregon coast contrast with the lower density and fire-prone pine tree and juniper forests covering portions of the eastern half of the state. We saw much of this aboard our train ride on the Amtrak Cascades and the Amtrak Coastal Starlight. | Oregon
13: Oregon wine country | MCMINVILLE Located in the heart of Willamette Valley's wine country, midway between the coast and Portland, McMinnville is a wonderful place to live and visit. During our two day stay here, we got to visit wineries and enjoy the towns beautiful and peaceful scenery. Our first night we stayed at the guest house of Archery Summit, set up high on a hill in the middle of the vineyard! We got a great tour of the facility, which included a look at their caves! We also go to visit Sokol-Blosser where we got to see wine getting bottled and Duck Pond, where we got to feed giant coy fish!
14: Newport Oregon | the beach | 13 Mar 2013
15: Newport, Oregon is a premier tourist destination along the Oregon Coast. We stayed at the Hallmark Inn and had a spectacular ocean view! We did lots of exploring in town and saw seals and sea lions splashing around and visited the aquarium!
17: Our trip has been amazing!! The locals are as warm and nice as expected. We've been able to visit and see so many wonderful places! I have had a great time.
18: the beach at | Newport
20: NEWPORT BEACH With its ideal location on the magnificently rugged Oregon Coast, the entire city of Newport is a natural observatory that offers a number of fun and educational activities for the whole family. Spend the morning exploring tide pools, combing the beach for fossils and spotting marine life in their natural habitats.
22: OREGON COAST AQUARIUM The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a world-class marine educational attraction nestled on beautiful Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon. Opened in 1992, the Oregon Coast Aquarium ranks among the top 10 aquariums in the nation.
24: Farewell Pacific West Coast... until next time....