This spring break, I had the opportunity to travel through the Pacific Northwest to experience Seattle, Portland, and everything in between. Far from the typical, tropical spring break destinations of Mexico and Miami, we found ourselves immersed in the rainy and cold climate that persists in the Northwest most days of the year. Although we spent more than 24 hours in the car throughout the trip, the beauty of Oregon and Washington made the long journey worth it. While Portland has a reputation for being weird and eccentric, I found the city to be orderly and peaceful. Seattle had a similar feel to San Francisco, but with more modern architecture. Everywhere we went, the lush greenery reminded me that the rest of the country isn’t in a drought. Here are some of the best moments from my travels:
The journey to Seattle:
After hours of driving in the rain, we come across this scene.
The landscape morphed as we traveled farther north.
The Oregon countryside was refreshingly green.
We finally arrived in Seattle around midnight.
On our first day in Seattle, we decided to set out on foot to find Pike’s Place Market. On our way, we came across a street blocked off by police, and discovered the reason: A man had climbed up a very tall tree, and was refusing to come down, throwing apple cores at the rescuers and asking for some cigarettes. He stayed up there for more than a day while we were in Seattle, and it was interesting to follow the developing news story.
Exploring the architecture of Seattle.
Seattle’s gum wall within Pike’s Place.
Seattle’s waterfront boasts beautiful views of Puget Sound.
Convenient neighbors, the Seattle Space Needle and the Chihuly Garden and Glass are astonishing feats of human creativity.
Portland is iconic for embracing its weird side.
Every Saturday and Sunday, Portland hosts a huge farmers’ market on the waterfront, full of amazing food, beer, crafts and quirky people.
Walking through the streets one morning, I noticed how gorgeous the trees were in their various stages of spring regrowth.
In Portland, there are food trucks for just about anything you can think of. For lunch one afternoon, we went to a food truck oasis, and I came across the best of them all: The Beer Bus.
Nestled within the city, Portland Japanese Gardens provided a space of serenity and an immaculate landscape filled with waterfalls, koi fish, bridges and zen gardens.
Just a short drive outside of Portland, Multnomah Falls offers an escape from the city.
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