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24 Hours in Silverton and Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Hiking as a family: How to break down Oregon’s legendary Trail of Ten Falls at Silver Falls State Park

Yes, hiking 7 miles of waterfalls can be kid friendly! Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park offers a hiking trail that can take in 10 waterfalls. But the total length of the Trail of Ten Falls is also a whopping 7 miles long. Hiking as a family, that can be a lot to do in one …

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A Zillah WA summer family trip offers kids and adults alike a chance to relax and recharge.

Take a Zillah WA summer family trip: 24 hours in Yakima Valley wine country

Zillah, WA: A family gateway to both wine country and kid friendly fun Central Washington’s Yakima Valley wine country calls to visitors from all over the world, and it’s no wonder. This area of the Pacific Northwest averages over sunny 300 days a year. In addition to nearly 2 million acres of rich farmland, the …

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Tractors, tamales & kid friendly fun: Take a Union Gap summer family trip in Washington State

Why visit Union Gap for a summer family vacation or homeschool field trip? Family friendly destinations take many forms. That variety is where our homeschooling family finds some of our favorite family travel experiences. In Central Washington’s Yakima Valley, the Evergreen State’s third longest river is the foundation of a fertile land home to much …

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Incredible views from Bateman Island in the Columbia River

STEM, outdoors & fun: 17 ideas for a Washington Tri-Cities family vacation

Clear skies, one of the country’s mightiest rivers, and lots of family attractions for your vacation On the mighty Columbia River, the cities of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland offer a beautiful space for a Washington Tri-Cities family vacation. This inland, riverside region offers a huge array of easy-to-get-to family friendly attractions, from STEM to the …

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Oregon hikes with kids

Oregon hikes with kids: Family friendly trails in Lane County’s Eugene, Cascades, and Coast wonderland

Spring! Summer! Even fall: When it comes to Oregon hikes with kids, Lane County has incredible family hikes, all within easy reach of Eugene, Springfield, and even the Oregon Coast. Lane County is about the size of Connecticut. While Eugene and Springfield are the main urban areas, smaller towns and cities such as Florence, Cottage …

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Cozying up in Calypso Cottage at Smith Creek Village in Silver Falls State Park, Oregon.

Smith Creek Village: Cozy cottage in the Oregon forest at Silver Falls State Park

Even when you’re about to take a big trip, sometimes a small trip helps you recharge. At Smith Creek Village in Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park, we found a tucked-away getaway with easy access to hiking trails and waterfalls. Plus, our cabin’s full kitchen, central heating, and well-appointed bathroom gave us lots of home-away-from-home comforts …

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Brookings family travel: Why we say YES to our kids’ ideas, even on the stormy Southern Oregon Coast

Shoulder season family travel on the Southern Oregon Coast Do parents sometimes have to say no to their kids? Sure. But it’s often more important to know when to say… YES! And when it comes to saying yes, family travel in Brookings, Oregon gives you a lot of opportunities for coastal fun. About Brookings, Oregon …

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Shoulder season family travel along the Cascades Mckenzie Highway 126

Shoulder season family travel along the Cascades’ Mckenzie Highway 126

Family travel a world away yet close to the city Just east of the Eugene/Springfield area, Highway 126 provides an amazing escape for shoulder season family travel. Winding between Oregon’s tall, thick forests, and the pure, rolling McKenzie River, the highway winds into the Cascade foothills. Before you know it, you’ll feel like you’re in …

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7 can’t-miss sea stacks you can see only on the Southern Oregon Coast

Impressive sea stacks of all sizes dot many of the 363 miles of the Oregon Coast. You can take in impressive formations along the Northern and Central parts of the Oregon Coast. However, the hidden secret of this amazing place is that many of the best stack rocks are found on the Southern Coast, from …

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24 Hours in Silverton and Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

24 hours in Silverton, Oregon: Bright lights and big waterfalls

Walkable small town and a walk-behind waterfall Close to Portland, Salem, and Eugene, the wee town of Silverton, Oregon, is a wonderful destination anytime of year. (December, though, is especially magical—we’ll get to that.) Even 24 hours in Silverton can be a great way to get to know not only the town, but the incredible …

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