PNW Bucket List | Family Friends Destinations to visit in the Pacific Northwest

2018 PNW Bucket List

“I am exactly where I am supposed to be.”

Since moving to Washington State last year, I have had this feeling over and over again. I am in constant awe of the beauty this little corner of the world has to offer. The height of the trees still amazes me every day. The morning fog and moss covered houses still remind me of a fairy tale. The ability to stand on a beach and stare at the mountains with the ocean at my back still takes my breath away.

When we got here last February I was near then end of my pregnancy with Loxley, so a good part of the year was spent at home, either pregnant or dealing with a newborn. We didn’t get to do as much exploring as we wanted to, so this year we are changing that.

There are plenty of lists out there of places to see in the Pacific Northwest, just type in “PNW Visit” into Pinterest and you’ll see what I mean. Since we are a family a four, and half of our tribe is still trying to master walking, I needed to narrow down the list of places we could go.


2018 Family Friendly PNW Bucket List

1. Portland, OR
2. Cannon Beach, OR
3. Ruby Beach and Hoh Rain forest, WA (we’ve already been here, but I was so pregnant that we didn’t really get a chance to explore)
4. Dashpoint Beach, WA
5. Molson Ghost Town, WA
6. Hall’s Hill Labyrinth, Bainbridge Island, WA
7.Salt Mine Arium, Bellevue, WA (this one is more for me)
8. Ross Lake National Recreation Area. WA
9. Blue Lake Trail, North Cascades, WA
10. Kalaloch Beach, WA
11. Crater Lake, OR
12. Cape Blanco State Park, OR
13. The Cove Palisades, OR
14. Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area, OR
15. Mount Rainier
16. Heceta Head Lighthouse, Florence, OR
17. Newport, OR
18. Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area, Seaside OR
19. Whales, Sealife, and Sharks Museum, Depoe Bay, OR
20. Deception Pass State Park
21. Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint, Oceanside, OR
22. Tillamook Cheese Factory, Tillamook, OR
23. Long Beach, WA
24. Gray’s Harbor Lighthouse, Westport, WA
25. Point Defiance Zoo, WA
26. Pampered Wilderness, Olympia, WA
27. Dorky’s Bar Arcade, Tacoma, WA
28. Stadium High School, Tacoma WA
29. Bicycle Swallowed by a Tree, Vashon, WA
30. French Round Barn House, Diamond OR
31. Tamolitch Blue Pool, OR
32. Rowena Plateau, Rowena, OR
33. Agate Beach, OR
34. Indian Beach, OR
35. Lincoln Beach, OR
36. Harris Beach, OR
37. Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area, OR
38. Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, WA
39. Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, OR
40. Manzanita Beach, OR
41. Cape Lookout State Park, OR
42. Rockaway Beach Wayside, OR
43. Road’s End State Recreational Site and God’s Thumb, OR
44. Arcadia Beach, OR
45. San Juan Island, WA
46. Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, Eugene OR 
47. La Conner Daffodil Festival, WA
48. Twisp, WA
49. Skagit Farm Tulip Festival, WA
50. Mount Hood, OR


There are probably many more PNW treasures we will stumble upon during our adventures, but this is where we plan to start. Follow along with our journey by clicking on the linked items listed. I will update this post with each place we visit.

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