Fall Colors in Colorado | Part 1

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The fall season in Colorado is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. As the leaves change color, the expansive hillsides transform into stunning shades of orange, gold, and red. The colors of the Southern mountains reach their peak in October. Visit Telluride, Colorado and surround yourself with gorgeous scenery. The small town maintains an Old-West charm and a quiet sophistication that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Element 52 – Family Playground

Element 52 is located in historic Telluride, nestled at the base of the San Juan mountains on the San Miguel River. The property offers a unique collection of luxury vacation homes for year-round vacations. Visit during the fall to see the natural beauty of the area. Bring the family out for a fun filled vacation with the Family Playground package. It includes accommodations in a spacious two-bedroom residence, welcome beverages upon arrival, complimentary parking, and no resort fee.

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Telluride Gondola

Climb aboard the famous Telluride Gondola for a scenic adventure up to Mountain Village. The 13-minute gondola ride is the first and only free public transportation system of its kind in the U.S. Marvel at the breathtaking views from an elevation of 10,500 feet. The gondola has three stations and runs daily from 6:30 am to midnight. Disembark at the mid-mountain Station St. Sophia stop for direct access to hiking, biking, and ski trails.

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Altezza at the peaks

Altezza translates to “height” in Italian, and the scenic restaurant truly lives up to its name. The restaurant serves Indo-European inspired cuisine in addition to some of the most incredible panoramic views of Telluride. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or happy hour. Stop in from 2 pm – 6 pm and try the signature Peak Burger with a draft beer or glass of wine for just $14.

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Bear Creek Falls

Bear Creek Falls is one of Telluride’s most popular and most picturesque hiking trails. It’s an easy to moderate path that takes you up to an elevation of 1,050 feet. The scenic 2.5-mile trail ends in a stunning set of waterfalls and sweeping views of Telluride. It’s a short drive away from town and offers one of the best vantage points to see Colorado’s autumn colors.

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Telluride Horror Show Film Festival

The annual Telluride Horror Show returns this weekend! It is Colorado’s first and longest-running horror film festival. The three-day event, now in its eighth year, brings together horror fans and films from around the globe. This year’s lineup includes 20 feature films and over 50 short films across multiple venues, including the Nugget Theatre, Palm Theatre, and Sheridan Opera house. You’ll experience an eclectic mix of suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, sci-fi, and more.

 

Luxurious Weekend Escape | Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas is known around the world for its extravagant resorts, vibrant casinos, and non-stop nightlife. It’s the perfect destination for a quick escape from everyday life. One of the best things about the city is that there are countless activities and attractions that are open all year round. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, special occasion, or just need an indulgent weekend, you can always treat yourself to a lavish Las Vegas vacation.

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ARIA Las Vegas

Aria Las Vegas is the pinnacle of luxury casino resorts. You can appreciate the property’s award-winning design as soon as you walk into the lobby. The hotel’s countless amenities offer anything you can possibly need during your stay, including mobile check-in, spas, three pools, a fitness center, and an on-site salon. Elevate your experience with the Tower Suites VIP Package. The add-on includes round trip luxury airport transportation, two welcome cocktails at the lobby bar, an in-suite welcome amenity, and in-suite breakfast for two. 

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JEWEL at Aria

If you’re looking for Las Vegas’ hottest nightlife destination, look no further than JEWEL Nightclub at Aria. The upscale club is just over a year old and is the latest addition to the famous Hakkasan Group’s portfolio. It spans over 24,000 square feet of precisely designed space with multiple floors and the latest in sound and lighting technology. View the event calendar to see the rotating roster of world-class DJs and performers.

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Head over to the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace, known as “The Shopping Wonder of the World.” It’s Las Vegas’ definitive shopping destination, comprising over 160 retailers, restaurants, and attractions. Its high-end roster includes Louis Vuitton, Versace, Valentino, Gucci, and many more. Visit the giant 50,000 gallon aquarium, watch the Fall of Atlantis animatronic show, and gaze upon the ornate architecture as you walk from store to store.

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Qua Baths & Spa

After a long day of shopping, relax and rejuvenate at Qua Baths & Spa inside Caesar’s Palace. This elegant sanctuary has been ranked 28th among the top 100 resort spas in the world. The expansive 50,000 square foot paradise offers unmatched amenities and a holistic approach. There are three Roman baths that harness the ancient healing powers of water, and a snowing Arctic ice room that’s the only one of it’s kind in the world. Browse their wide range of services online.

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Alizé

Alizé is Michelin-starred, multiple award-winning contemporary French restaurant with one of the best views in Las Vegas. Located on the 56th floor of the Palms Casino & Resort, it offers remarkable cuisine, a world-renowned cognac collection, and a 2-story wine tower. Executive Chef Joshua Bianchi has literally and figuratively taken Las Vegas dining to new heights at Alizé. Order the 7-course tasting menu to get the full experience. They also offer a pre-theater prix fixe menu for early diners if you plan to watch one of Las Vegas’ famous shows.

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No Vegas trip is complete without a show! “O” is an aquatic masterpiece presented by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil. The performance weaves together artistry, surrealism, and theatrical romance inspired by the concepts of infinity and water. The talented acrobats, swimmers, and divers put on a truly one-of-a-kind experience, showing exclusively at the Bellagio.

 

Culture and Cuisine in San Francisco, California

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San Francisco is West Coast icon and one of the most well known cities in the United States. The urban metropolis is brimming with people, art, and a personality all its own. It’s also one of the most renowned culinary destinations in the country – at any given time, there are more than 3,500 restaurants open in San Francisco! Here are a few places you won’t want to miss on your next trip to the Bay Area.

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Hotel Fusion

Stay at Hotel Fusion, an urban boutique hotel located right outside of Union Square. You’ll be in the heart of the city, just steps away from some of the best shopping and dining options in the area. The property blends classic Asian design with a contemporary San Franciscan flair. Hotel Fusion also includes upscale dining and drinking options. Taste on Ellis restaurant and bar offers Hawaiian and Hispanic fusion cuisine with a modern twist, while the stylish Infusion Lounge boasts a 6,500 square foot dance floor with VIP rooms and bottle service options. Book the Food & A Flick Package to make the most of your stay. It includes overnight accommodations for two, dinner for two at Taste on Ellis, and a $30 gift card to the ultra-modern Metreon movie complex.

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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), is a short 10-minute walk from the Hotel Fusion. SFMOMA is a nonprofit organization that carries an internationally recognized collection of contemporary artworks. The current collection includes over 33,000 pieces in various mediums spanned across 170,000 square feet of exhibition space. Be sure to check out Noguchi’s Playscapes, on display now through November 26, 2017. Artist Isamu Noguchi explores themes of art, education, and humanity through playgrounds and play structures. The exhibit includes models, sketches, set designs, and archival images.

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Ferry Building Marketplace

San Francisco’s famous Ferry Building Marketplace is the perfect place to stop for a quick lunch. The expansive building comprises multiple eateries, vendors, restaurants, and a bustling farmers market that’s open 3 days a week. With so many choices it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so we recommend taking a few minutes to stroll through the marketplace and browse your options. Our favorite is Gott’s Roadside, a casual diner that’s been serving upscale classics since 1999. Order the California Burger, a 1/3 pound Niman Ranch beef patty piled high with Swiss cheese, bacon, arugula, balsamic onions, and a fried egg. Pair it with a hand-spun ice cream shake for the perfect meal.

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de Young Museum

The de Young Museum was founded in 1895 and is an integral part of San Francisco’s culture. Located in Golden Gate Park, the state-of-the-art facility brings together art, architecture, and nature from all over the world in one inspiring destination. Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions displays a unique collection of costumes and accessories from around the globe. The exhibition explores the distinguished craftsmanship and cultural traditions multiple countries.

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The Progress

The Progress is a new American restaurant that serves family-style dishes with seasonal ingredients and intriguing flavor combinations. The restaurant recently earned a Michelin star, and it’s no surprise why. Everything from the inviting staff to the artfully designed interior is truly remarkable. The building was originally a theatre built back in 1911 and the restaurant retains that same historic charm. The rotating menu changes frequently, so don’t hesitate to ask your server for recommendations. Reservations are accepted up to 30 days in advance. Be sure to book a table prior to your visit!

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The Forgery

End your night at The Forgery, a San Francisco staple known for “modern cocktails and classic craftsmanship.” What is now a 2,000 square foot bar was previously home to a printing press and glass blowing studio in a building that’s been a part of San Francisco’s history for many years. Today, the historical space features an open-air layout with floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick, and natural wood. It’s one of the cities best cocktail bars and carries over 300 different spirits along with beer, wine, and non-alcoholic selections. Ask your bartender about the featured Forgery Punch Bowl, a rotating recipe that serves 4 guests.

 

Colorado City Life | Denver, Colorado

While Colorado has plenty of natural beauty (four national parks, 42 state parks, and eight national monuments to be exact), it also has its fair share of arts and culture. Enjoy an urban getaway in Denver, where there’s always something going on. Here are the best spots to check out in the Mile High City.

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The Crawford Hotel

Located inside trendy Union Station, The Crawford Hotel incorporates Denver’s rich history into newly renovated spaces. Each floor showcases a different era of Denver’s past, with styles ranging from Victorian to art deco. The unique hotel has views of the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains. Add even more excitement to your stay with the Stranahan’s Curated Special. In addition to a two night stay, the package includes a tour of local distillery Stranahan’s (with Tesla chauffeur service), a bottle of whiskey, and two tasting glasses.

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Union Station

First established as a train station over a century ago, Union Station was recently renovated and transformed into “Denver’s Living Room,” a collection of local restaurants, bars, and shops. Be sure to stop by Milkbox, where you can choose from 16 flavors of local ice cream and a selection of boozy milkshakes – we recommend The Dignitary, with Coconut Almond Fudge and rum. To learn more about Denver’s past, you can tour Union Station. Tours include information about the building’s art and history and culminate in your choice of beer or wine at the Terminal Bar.

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Denver Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic GardensYork Street location provides natural beauty in the midst of central Denver. Stroll through dozens of gardens featuring both local and international plants. Be sure to see (and smell) the Fragrance Garden, a collection of flowers and herbs that stimulate the senses, and the Victorian Secret Garden, inspired by the tropical gardens popular in the 1800s. Right now you can also see Calder: Monumental, a collection of sculptor Alexander Calder’s bold, geometric creations.

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Denver Art Museum

Famous for its variety of exhibitions and iconic architecture, the Denver Art Museum is one of the city’s best attractions. See everything from European paintings to bamboo carvings to interactive installations. La Musidora, on through October 29th, features colorful wicker rocking chairs that double as musical instruments – simply sit and rock in them to create your own music. Admission to the Denver Art Museum is free on the first Saturday of each month.

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Fiction Beer Company

Fiction Beer Company was created by a book lover and a beer lover that merged their interests and created “liquid literature.” Their brews are inspired by their favorite books, and categorized into “genres” including Classics, Adventure, and Fantasy. Try Old Bums and Beat Cowboys, a pale ale with citrus and tropical fruit flavors that was inspired by Kerouac’s On the Road, a novel that prominently features Denver.

Colorado’s National Parks | Part 2

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park is not just a national park; it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in Colorado’s southwestern corner, the park encompasses about 5,000 archeological sites and 600 cliff dwellings. The dwellings, built by Pueblo Indians and dating from 600 to 1300 AD, offer a fascinating glimpse into the past. You can tour four cliff dwellings on foot, or take the Mesa Top Loop Road, a six-mile route with multiple overlooks.

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Where to stay: Far View Lodge, located inside the park. Book the Cities of Sandstone Package to enhance your Mesa Verde visit. In addition to a two-night stay, you’ll get two tickets for the 700 Years tour, a 4-hour guided outing that explores archaeological sites and Cliff Palace.

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Travel north for the last stop on your national park tour, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The canyon, which features steep, black cliffs upwards of 2,700 feet high, was formed over two million years by the Gunnison River. The park has hiking options that vary in length and difficulty – we like the Cedar Point Natural Trail, a short, easy route that has two overlooks of the river from 2,000 feet up and a view of the Painted Wall, Colorado’s tallest cliff.

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Where to stay: Stay Wise Inns Montrose, just a short drive from the park. In addition to comfortable rooms and complimentary breakfast, the hotel is hosting a “Warm Welcome” this summer with free create-your-own Italian sodas. Book their Mid-Week ‘Hookey’ Special for a special rate Monday through Thursday.

Colorado’s National Parks | Part 1

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Colorado’s four national parks showcase the state’s natural beauty and history in their own unique way. Experience them all on a national park tour through the state!

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado’s most well-known, has 415 square miles of forests, meadows, lakes, and streams that afford endless opportunities for outdoor activities. More than 300 miles of trails make the park great for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, while pristine waters are perfect for fishing, kayaking, and river rafting. You can also take a few scenic drives – the 48-mile Trail Ridge Road has views of the Rockies and the Great Plains.

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Where to stay: The Stanley Hotel, where Stephen King got his inspiration for The Shining. The historic hotel, only a short distance from the park, is stately and charming. With the Rocky Mountain National Park Package, you’ll get a weeklong pass to the park.

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Head south to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, where you’ll see the tallest sand dunes in North America. By day, you can sand sled or sandboard down the dunes, then cool off in Medano Creek. By night, the area is great for stargazing. After you experience the park itself, drive a short distance to Zapata Falls for incredible views of the dunes as well as a 20-ft waterfall.

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Where to stay: Zapata Ranch offers ranch vacations that allow guests to truly experience the surrounding natural area. Enjoy gourmet food, comfortable accommodations, and adventures like horseback riding, overnight trips, geology tours, and wildlife watching. Their All-Inclusive package includes lodging, meals, and activities.

 

 

 

 

See the Sights in Colorado Springs | Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Colorado Springs and its surrounding area are full of breathtaking sights – waterfalls, summit views, and gorgeous red rock towers are just some of the things you’ll want to explore. Here’s how to craft a Colorado Springs getaway full of adventure, beauty, and relaxation.

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The Broadmoor

Stay at The Broadmoor, a luxury resort just outside of Colorado Springs with endless activities and amenities. You can relax in a traditional room or suite, or splurge on a cottage or brownstone with extra features like gourmet kitchens, outdoor fireplaces and verandas, and even wine cellars. At The Broadmoor, you can play tennis and golf, book a spa service, shop at boutique stores, indulge in fine dining, and explore the natural beauty around the resort. For a special stay, book their Romantic Getaway package and receive accommodations, sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries, dinner for two, and discounted suite rates.

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Seven Falls

Just minutes from The Broadmoor you’ll find Seven Falls, a series of waterfalls that fall a combined 181 feet. Surrounding the falls are the steep walls of the South Cheyenne Canyon and the 900-ft tall Pillars of Hercules that frame the canyon. At Seven Falls, you can climb 224 steps adjacent to the falls to reach the top, where you’ll find a viewing platform and the beginning of a few trails. You can also see the falls and the canyon from the air – the Broadmoor Soaring Adventure has zip line courses, a 180-ft rappel, hiking, and rope bridges.

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Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Climb to the top of Pikes Peak by train on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The route, which takes just over three hours, takes you up over 14,000 feet with incredible views from beginning to end. First you’ll see giant boulders, Minnehaha Falls, and forested hillsides. As the train ventures higher up, the views include Alpine tundra, the Great Plains, multiple mountain ranges, downtown Denver, and of course Pikes Peak. You’ll spend about a half hour at the top, and then head back down.

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Garden of the Gods

At Garden of the Gods, towers of red rocks jut into the sky. Visit the park, a National Natural Landmark, to learn the history behind these amazing vertical formations and explore the area. Walk or hike through the rocks on 15 miles of trails, or take a guided trolley, Jeep, or Segway tour. On Thursday nights, you can take part in “Gallop in the Garden,” a free 5K that meanders through the park.

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Odyssey Gastropub

Head back into Colorado Springs for dinner at Odyssey Gastropub, a trendy eatery with expertly crafted food and drinks. You’ll want to start off with an appetizer and some craft beer – we like the Bison Poutine, fries smothered with braised bison tips, bison-rosemary gravy, and cheese curds. Odyssey’s main menu is full of inventive sandwiches and burgers like the Best Friends Burger, with pulled pork, crispy onions, cheddar, slaw, and peach BBQ sauce.

Discovering Sedona | Sedona, Arizona

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With gorgeous red rock formations and rugged natural beauty, Sedona is perfect for hiking, biking, and exploring. However, the city’s spas, art scene, and gourmet food options also make it a great place to relax and recharge. Experience both adventure and culture on your next getaway.

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Enchantment Resort

At Enchantment Resort, Sedona’s breathtaking red rocks will surround you. Their cozy Southwestern-styled casitas are the perfect place to relax after a day of hiking through Sedona’s natural beauty. The 70-acre resort gives you access to the world-class Mii amo spa, the beautifully designed Seven Canyons golf course, multiple fine dining experiences, and more. With special guest experiences like stargazing, guided meditation, and lectures, you definitely won’t run out of things to do.

The Tennis at Enchantment Package is a good chance to up your game in the unforgettable setting. You’ll enjoy a full breakfast each morning at any of their restaurants or in bed, an hour-long private lesson each day, an hour-long ball machine rental each day, and access to multiple tennis clinics.

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Tamaliza Café

Tamaliza means “Tamale Feast,” which is exactly what you’ll get at Sedona’s Tamaliza Café. The authentic Mexican recipes are made with natural, organic, non-GMO ingredients. Choose from vegan, vegetarian, chicken, pork, or beef dishes with a variety of different sauces. Our favorite is the chicken supreme tamale, made with organic corn flour masa and topped with black beans, spinach, cheese, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.

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Explore Sedona’s Art Scene

Spend an afternoon browsing a few of Sedona’s 40+ art galleries and studios. You’ll find painting, sculpture, pottery, photography, and more, much of which is created by Native American artists from tribes such as the Apache, Hopi, and Navajo. If you happen to be in town on the first Friday of the month, check out 1st Friday in the Galleries, a monthly event in which art galleries stay open late. From 5:00 to 8:00 pm, you can meet the artists, enjoy snacks and drinks, and see the best art Sedona has to offer.

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Hike Sedona’s Best Trails

There’s no better way to experience Sedona’s amazing scenery than on a couple of hikes! The area has a lot of routes to choose from, but these three are sure to impress. Beat the crowds and intense Arizona heat by starting early in the morning, and don’t forget sunscreen and plenty of water.

Cathedral Rock, a cluster of tall red rock formations, is one of Sedona’s most iconic sights. See it up close on the Cathedral Rock Trail, a mile-long hike that will take you up into the saddles, or gaps, between the rocks for incredible views both around and above you. You can also check out the Templeton Trail to Oak Creek, a 2.2-mile route. Start out at the Cathedral Rock trailhead, then veer right to follow Templeton Trail, which descends about a mile to Oak Creek, where you can stop for swim and cool off. You’ll also want to get up early one morning to do the Brewer Trail at sunrise – the two-mile trail rewards hikers with an incredible lookout.

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Brunch at L’Auberge de Sedona

Exquisite food and beautiful scenery come together at L’Auberge de Sedona’s Sunday Brunch. The outdoor patio, surrounded by a flowing creek and lush greenery, creates a relaxing and intimate atmosphere perfect for a leisurely meal. Their plentiful buffet includes an omelet station, cold seafood, hot entrees, desserts, and much more. Don’t forget to try the Bloody Marys and mimosas as well!

Your Guide to the Oregon Coast

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Rugged coastline, deserted beaches, and lush greenery are just some of the amazing things you’ll find on the Oregon Coast. The entire coast is packed full of amazing sights, but the northern half in particular has a lot worthy of exploration. Not sure what to see? Our guide begins in Astoria and moves south through Cannon Beach and Tillamook, stopping at plenty of gorgeous attractions along the way.

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Astoria & Fort Stevens State Park

Astoria was the first permanent United States settlement on the West Coast, founded by and named after John Jacob Astor as part of his fur trading company. Today, Astoria has retained a historic charm while simultaneously making room for trendy restaurants and stores. Walk along the water and check out the iconic Astoria-Megler Bridge, then stop for a bite to eat at Frite & Scoop, a shop specializing in creative flavors of ice cream and fries. We like the savory-sweet “London Fog” ice cream, flavored with earl grey and vanilla.

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Less than a half hour from Astoria, you’ll find Fort Stevens State Park. The park has multiple pristine beaches and a jetty that will take your breath away, but its must-see feature is the shipwreck of the Peter Iredale, which rises right up out of the sand.

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Cannon Beach & Ecola State Park

Your next stop is Cannon Beach, a quaint town with an impressive collection of gorgeous beaches. Check out the art galleries and boutique shops in town, then head down to the beach to see Haystack Rock, a 235-foot rock that adorns the shoreline.

For great views and hiking opportunities, drive up into Ecola State Park. When you enter, turn left for Ecola Point, where you’ll find an unbelievable view of the coastline and beaches below. Ecola Point is also the starting point for multiple hikes through the park, including a few that go down to Crescent Beach and Indian Beach.

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Stephanie Inn

Stay at the Stephanie Inn, a boutique Cannon Beach hotel that’s a mere 28 steps to the beach. The Stephanie Inn has incredible guest experiences – you’ll enjoy a wine and beer gathering, an evening nightcap, and gourmet breakfast. You can also sign up for complimentary classes on mixology, ice cream making, and more. For some evening fun, choose the Beach Bonfire package. It comes with firewood, fire starter, a “fire butler” to help start you off, your choice of wine, cider, or beer, s’mores ingredients, and a beach mat and tote.

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Tillamook

While you drive down the coast to Tillamook from Cannon Beach, keep an eye out for the scenic pullouts, where you can catch sweeping views of the ocean. Once you hit Tillamook, you’ll understand why it’s called the “Land of Cheese, Trees, and Ocean Breeze.” Tillamook has beautiful scenery like the rest of Oregon’s coast, but it also has the Tillamook Cheese Factory, where they make 170,000 pounds of cheese every day (that comes out to 60 million pounds a year!). At the Visitors Center you can sample cheese for free, browse merchandise, and grab some of their freshly-made ice cream – they have over 30 flavors to choose from.

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3 Capes Scenic Drive

Next, take the 3 Capes Scenic Drive, a 40-mile route that includes Cape Meares, Cape Lookout, and Cape Kiwanda. Cape Meares features a restored lighthouse from the 1800s and the aptly-named “Octopus Tree,” while Cape Lookout offers beautiful stretches of beach and hiking trails. At Cape Kiwanda, you’ll find a huge sand dune that you can clamber up for an amazing view of the beach below. In between capes, you’ll get to experience one of the coast’s prettiest drives.

Best of Portland | Portland, Oregon

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In Portland, Oregon, you’ll find a little bit of everything. The city is dotted with lively urban areas and serene wooded parks, ensuring that whether you want to browse boutiques or spend the day hiking, there’s always something to do. Their exciting and constantly evolving food scene means that every meal you eat will be something special. Portland’s unofficial slogan is “Keep Portland Weird,” a feeling you’ll understand as you begin to experience the uniqueness of the city.

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Inn @ Northrup Station

The Inn @ Northrup Station, located in northwest Portland, is a visually stunning hotel decorated with bright colors, retro décor, and local art. Stay in a suite complete with a kitchen as well as a private deck or patio perfect for kicking back at the end of the day. You’ll also want to catch their fun events – movie night Mondays, wine down Wednesdays, hop-py hour Thursdays, and sundae Sundays will add a little excitement to your stay. Indulge in the Just the Two of Us package, a romantic assortment of local wine and chocolates, embossed glasses, and a spa set.

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Forest Park

With over 5,000 acres of bright green foliage, it’s hard to believe that Forest Park is just minutes from the city. Choose one of their many trails and head out for a hike – we like the Ridge Trail, which provides a mix of natural and urban scenery. You’ll start out within the park and hike down to St. John’s Bridge, one of Portland’s most iconic features. Walk across St. John’s to check out Cathedral Park, a beautiful area underneath the bridge’s east side, before hiking back up into Forest Park.

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Pine State Biscuits

The melt-in-your-mouth biscuit sandwiches at Pine State Biscuits make the perfect post-hike meal. The well-known Portland eatery, which has been serving their perfectly crafted biscuits for just over a decade, was created by three southerners and has multiple locations across the city. Try the Chatfield, a stack of fried chicken, bacon, cheese, and apple butter between two biscuits. If you still have room, go for their seasonal pop tart – right now it’s blueberry cheesecake, featuring goat cheese and a lemon glaze.

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Washington Park

Like Forest Park, Washington Park is a beautiful wooded area in Portland. Spend a day exploring all of the attractions inside Washington Park. Visit the Portland Japanese Garden, a 12-acre collection of 8 different garden spaces created to inspire serenity and tranquility. Next, see why Portland is called the City of Roses at the International Rose Test Garden, which is full of different types of roses in every color imaginable. You’ll also find the Hoyt Arboretum, a “living museum” of over 6,000 trees with over 12 miles of trails that you can meander through. If you still have time, Washington Park is also home to the Oregon Zoo, an archery range, the Portland Children’s Museum, and more.

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Blue Star Donuts

Though many visitors in Portland head straight for Voodoo Doughnut, we recommend trying out Blue Star Donuts instead. Their donuts are crafted with a handmade dough that takes 18 hours to make. The dense and moist Buttermilk Old Fashioned is perfect for purists, while the more adventurous will like their unique flavor combinations such as the Raspberry Rosemary Buttermilk, a sweet and savory explosion of flavor.