Travel Tuesday // Summer Trip List

Ok, so I realize that I literally just got home from being in Michigan for ten days, so it may seem slightly absurd that I’m already writing a post about places I want to go this summer.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Portland.
Actually, I’m borderline obsessed with Portland and I really enjoy living here.

Plus, I’m super excited to stay home more this summer and enjoy our new house! (Hopefully I’ll be posting some more photos of it sometime soon, I just haven’t had a chance yet!) I’m can’t wait to get some home projects accomplished over the next few months, and I’m looking forward to cooking more in my new kitchen and entertaining family and friends.

All that being said, I still need to travel.

As much as I love being home, this constant desire that I have to get out and experience new places will always be there. I love the anticipation of getting ready for a trip, and even if it’s just a few days somewhere close by. Plus because I work from home, I welcome the chance to travel as much as possible because I enjoy having a change of scenery every once and a while.

This summer, and actually for the remainder of this year, we won’t be taking any major international trips like we did last year (here and here). Between Cam’s work travel and the house, we’re not really going to have time for a big trip this year, plus we are already planning on taking a vacation to Europe next summer for my sister’s wedding (which I’m already super pumped about). So a lot of our travel this summer will probably be shorter weekend trips closer to home, but I’m really excited about! Being I’m still a fairly new Oregon resident, there is still so much within driving distance of Portland that I haven’t seen yet, plus the weather in the Pacific Northwest in the summer is fantastic!

Here are the places on my list for this summer:

Bend, OR

This is a must and will definitely be happening at some point this summer. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law and our niece and nephew live in Bend, and Cam’s family typically goes here every summer. We recently went out there for the weekend to ski, but I love going in the summer!
(The photo is from our trip back in 2012 when we drove up from Tahoe)

Lake Tahoe
I don’t know if we’re going to be able to find the time to go here or not this summer, but I would absolutely love to. After living in Tahoe for a year and half, it will always hold a special place in my heart and honestly, there is nowhere like Tahoe in the summer.
(The photo is from our final drive around the lake last summer before we moved)

So this is the big question mark of the summer. We have a wedding in Philly in the middle of August that we’re definitely going to, but then Cam has a work trip planned to go to Boston at the end of July. I’ve been dying to go to Boston for awhile, but the two events aren’t really close enough to each other to combine it in to one trip, plus flying to the East Coast is a pretty long/expensive flight from Portland, so I don’t know if doing it twice in a month makes sense. And then on top of that, I’d like to visit my sister in NYC if possible, but she’s got a lot of travel on her calendar this summer as well and may be out of town when we’re on the East Coast. We’re still trying to figure out the logistics for this, but in a perfect world, I’d love make it to all three places. We’ll see…
(The photo is from this trip to NYC back in 2012)


I’ve only been to Seattle once for just a day, and being that it’s only three hours from Portland, I’d really like to get up there at least once or twice this summer. I know there is a lot to see, plus I have quite a few co-workers that live in Seattle so it would be fun to connect with them as well.
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Olympic National Park

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that Cam and I really enjoy visiting our country’s national parks. We’ve made it to quite a few of them (I think it was 10 on my last count?) and I’ve heard that Olympic National Park is breathtaking. I hoping we can combine this in with a trip up to Seattle, and it’s something we may end up doing later this month!
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I’ve heard so many people rave about what a beautiful city Vancouver is, and I’ve been dying to drive up there ever since we moved to Portland. It’s only 6 hours away, and so I’d really like to go for a long weekend at some point this summer. Plus, it’s where Lululemon is headquartered…so there’s that 🙂
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The Wallowas/The Painted Hills

Ever since seeing all the recent ads for the “7 Wonders of Oregon” I’ve been eager to head east and visit the Wallowas and the Painted Hills. I don’t know if we’ll end up making it to both places this summer, but they both look really interesting and seem like they’d be good places to camp.
(Photo of the Painted Hills – Image Source)

The Oregon Coast
Since moving to Oregon, I’ve really grown to enjoy going out to the ocean and it’s amazing that’s it’s so close! I’ve definitely spent the most time around Cannon Beach/Seaside, so this summer I’d like to check out some other towns along the coast as well!
(The photo is from our day at the beach this past spring)

What about you? Any travel plans for the summer? I’d love to hear!



  1. June 3, 2014 / 2:45 pm

    We're going to Mexico in a few weeks! After that it's sticking around Portland and enjoying the summer weather 🙂

  2. June 3, 2014 / 2:55 pm

    All of them are great spots!!! Eastern Washington has some beautiful areas too and some lovely wineries!

  3. June 3, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    I completely understand that Wanderlust feeling!! Yesterday, my sister and I created a Google Doc for our year around the world in case we ever win the lottery!! It ended up being more than 60 International locations, 60+ domestic locations and was broken into four, year-long legs. Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, US Road Trip and Canada/My Olive Farm in Greece! I should probably go buy that lotto ticket!

    PS- in case you haven't won the lotto either take the Bolt Bus up to Seattle! I did it a few weeks ago. Leaves from Downtown Portland and arrives in the heart of Seattle. $40 Round Trip, WiFi and Outlets!!!

  4. June 3, 2014 / 7:38 pm

    Oh, I love ALL of those places. Looks like a great summer travel itinerary to me! We're sticking close to home – Bend, the coast, etc., – and hubby is doing some solo international travel to visit family. It's too expensive for all four of us to travel overseas every year, so we go as a family every other year.

  5. June 3, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    You need to come to MAINE! When you on the east coast!!!! My parents would totally let you and Cam stay even if Drew and I aren't there yet! LOBSTERS! and the Ocean steps away….

  6. June 3, 2014 / 8:07 pm

    We have trips to the coast and to Bend already planned. I would love to make it to the painted hills this summer too, I've never been there. All of our vacations this summer are going to be very local.

  7. June 3, 2014 / 8:20 pm

    Ha ha there are only 13 weekends this summer and you already have 10 places you want to go! I'm with you on wanting to see the Painted Desert, but I was hoping to go in the springtime (obviously didn't make it this year) because they have springtime wildflowers then! I would like to travel more but with my sister also getting married this year I have a lot of Chicago/LA trips to pay for, plus her bachelorette weekend in Montreal so I am starting to move things on my wishlist to next year…!

  8. June 3, 2014 / 9:46 pm

    I looooove the beach so we tend to head to the coast whenever we go out of town, but we really should head east sometimes, too. I've never been to the Painted Hills, either. Great idea!

  9. June 4, 2014 / 4:48 am

    Great list! I'm hoping to spend some time in the Olympic National Park too- maybe backpacking?! We'll see. Painted Hills is on my list every year- and I always miss the "prime time" to go. I hear it's best to go in the Spring not only are the hills awesome but it's also covered with wildflowers. Have a good traveling summer.

  10. June 4, 2014 / 6:21 pm

    Yeah, 7 Wonders callout!! When we shot the scenes at the Painted Hills we stayed right up the road at the Oregon Hotel in Mitchell. Super affordable, quirky and awesome. And the cafe next door has ice cream pancakes. You'll love those!

  11. June 5, 2014 / 3:03 am

    So many great places! I might have to steal some of your ideas!
    We have a trip to Hawaii planned for sept and the gorge too. 🙂

  12. June 11, 2014 / 10:44 pm

    If you have enough time, take a drive down through Tillamook county. You can go crabbing at Kelly's Marina, or just buy a crab (and other seafood) there and have them cook it for you. There are picnic tables and a lovely view of the bay, plus the owners and employees are incredibly nice. The Tsunami Grill in Wheeler has great food and they have outdoor seating with views of Nehalem River. Three Capes drive outside Tillamook is beautiful (especially on a sunny day and at sunset), there's a fun restaurant in Netarts with more bay views. Pacific City is fun and there's a brewery right on the beach. Plus, state and county parks galore, a lighthouse, and it never seems to be crowded like Cannon Beach or Seaside. The best part is that you can go to the bay, the ocean, hang out by Nehalem river, or find a quiet lake.

  13. July 29, 2016 / 1:19 am

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