Family Spring Break RV-Style – From Northwest Travel & Life
We came across this amazing article from Northwest Travel & Life and had to share it! If you are on the hunt for an amazing Spring Break RV trip here are some locations you will want to make sure you consider. And if you are in need of an RV to rent or purchase give us a call and we would be happy to make your RV adventure dreams come true!
Ahhh…spring break. It makes your heart race with anticipation as cries of “road trip!” echo through the house. The kids are out of school. The weather is beginning to warm. Adventure in the Northwest is calling. You dream of you and your family putting fresh footprints on the sand, cycling through corridors of evergreens or carving tracks across spring snow.
With a playground so compelling, why not go exploring during spring break week in an RV. You can travel from one campground to the next or make an RV park your home. Don’t own an RV? No worries; check out the rental options listed on page 60. And consider these favorite RV playgrounds in Washington, Oregon and Idaho for your spring break getaway.
Wild and Wonderful: Olympic Peninsula and Victoria, B.C.
The Olympic Discovery Trail, dubbed the “ODT” (olympicdiscoverytrail.com), covers 130 miles from Port Townsend to the Pacific Ocean. It passes through Sequim Bay State Park (parks.wa.gov/582/sequim-bay), a 92-acre marine camping park with RV sites. Go for easy hikes on their forested trails or launch a kayak in the bay. Several sites boast water views.
A three-mile bike ride east on the paved ODT brings you to the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Center and the House of Myths where master carver Dale Faulstich and his crew carve the Native American totem poles that grace the area’s landscape. They tell the stories of the S’Klallam, known as the “Strong People,” using 500 to 800-year-old western red cedars carved with adzes based on the originals used by early Native carvers (jamestowntribe.org).
Head back west, passing the campground, and pedal to the Dungeness River Audubon Center (dungenessrivercenter.org) and historic Railroad Bridge State Park. They have guided bird walks and scenic riverside trails. Enjoy the Driftwood Sculpture Exhibit (olympicdriftwoodsculptors.org) March 21-22 and the BirdFest April 10-12 (olympicbirdfest.org).
Take a driving tour of Olympic Game Farm (olygamefarm.com) and keep the camera ready for that moment when a buffalo pokes its face in your window. A family favorite is the waving bears.
Catch the magic of Olympic National Park—home to moss-draped rain forests, rugged ocean beaches, miles of wilderness and the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt elk in the world. Hike to one of the park’s thundering waterfalls full of spring snowmelt (nps.gov/olym/ or olympicpeninsulawaterfalltrail.com).
Park your vehicle/rig in Port Angeles and walk on the Coho ferry (cohoferry.com) to Victoria, B.C. (Be sure every family member has a passport.) Meander through the Royal B.C. Museum (royalbcmuseum.bc.ca) to learn about the region’s fascinating history and treat the family to afternoon tea at Murchie’s on Government Street (murchies.com).
Make the Most of the Oregon Coast
With more than 170 full hook-up sites, Fort Stevens State Park, 10 miles west of Astoria on the north coast, gives you the comforts of home with everything you want in a park—miles of trails for cycling and hiking, the historic Peter Iredale shipwreck where you can take turns being captain, the historic Battery Russell to play hide-and-seek and a beach to build sand castles (oregonstateparks.org).
Journey south for a stop in Seaside to walk the famous oceanfront Promenade and, if it’s breezy, fly a kite on the beach (seasideor.com). Then reward the kids with a visit to Funland Arcade with hundreds of video games, bumper cars, pinball and Fascination, a vintage game the entire family can play together for prizes (funlandseaside.com).
For a good oceanfront spot to hookup the RV, try Jetty Fishery Marina & RV Park (jettyfishery.com) in Manzanita.
Got horse-crazy kids? Ride on the beach or take a trail into Bob Straub State Park in Pacific City. Every ride has a guide, and horses are available for all levels of riders. Don’t forget to bring carrots! (beach-rides.com).
Budding magicians will be spellbound at the Festival of Illusions at the Lincoln City Cultural Center March 23-27 with a one-of-a-kind magic camp for kids. Or, take the family treasure-hunting for glass on the beach in Lincoln City at the Finders Keepers Special Glass Art Drop. (oregoncoast.org/festival-of-illusions).
Don’t end your spring break vacation on the Oregon Coast without a stop at Lincoln City Outlets at 1500 SE East Devils Lake Road in Lincoln City. Here you’ll find more than four dozen stores offering real value, perfect for a shopping spree with the kids. Browse brand outlets, such as Gap, Justice, OshKosh B’gosh, Old Navy, Nike, Columbia, Toys R Us Express and many others.
Get a front row seat of whales migrating north in a beachfront site at Sea and Sand RV Park (seaandsandrvpark.com), near Depoe Bay.
Farther south, on the central coast, Spring Whale Watch Week is March 20-28 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport (hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor), where they post Gray Whale sightings and offer daily marine mammal presentations at 1:30 p.m.
Your kids won’t want to leave the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Touch sea stars. Smooch a sea lion. Shake hands with an octopus. Watch otters munch a crab. Stand in the middle of a tunnel that emulates the heart of the sea while sharks swim all around (aquarium.org).
Also, be sure to stop at the Sea Lion Caves (sealioncaves.com), the country’s largest sea cave, to observe the wild sea lions in action.
Finally, hug the coastline on 101 to the south coast. For the dinosaur lovers among you, follow the dino tracks into the ancient coastal rainforest at Prehistoric Gardens in Port Orford where you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into Jurassic Park (prehistoricgardens.com). Stay at Camp Blanco RV Park (campblanco.com) and explore Cape Blanco Lighthouse minutes away. It’s the oldest continually operating lighthouse in Oregon and the highest above the sea.
Go to visittheoregoncoast.com to learn more about traveling the Oregon Coast’s 347 miles.
Base Camp Boise
Get your goggle tan on only 40 miles from Boise with spring downhill skiing at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, where you can also go Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and tubing (bogusbasin.org). A half hour down the mountain, make the Boise Riverside RV Park your base camp, convenient to everything Boise has to offer (boiseriversidervpark.com).
For a scenic ride on the rails, climb aboard for a day trip on the Conductor’s Cottontail Express, weekends only. The route leaves Horseshoe Bend for a day of scenic touring along the Payette River and includes family-friendly fun (especially great for younger children) at your destination. Call (208) 331-1184 for dates and reservations (thundermountainline.com).
While in Boise, take the kids to the Boise Art Museum, ask for the Family Activity Packs and visit their ARTexperience Gallery, a hands-on creative space for children (boiseartmuseum.org).
At the end of an action-packed day the whole family can relax with a soak in the steaming hot tub or a swim in the pool at Roystone Hot Springs, only 40 miles north of Boise, all fed by natural springs (roystonehotsprings.com).
Go to boise.org to learn more about vacationing in Boise and the surrounding area.
Whatever destination and activities suit your family best, pack up your gear and hit the road together in an RV for a fun-packed week of lifetime memories.