Are You Planning Spring Trips?


The latest newsletter from PGE included a reminder that email and phone reservations for campsites and picnic shelters at PGE parks open on March 28. (Online reservation can be made now.) Inspired by that notice, we gathered up a few new resources for possible spring trips. Consider this an update to past posts like Quick Getaways from Portland and Apps for Park & Recreation Month. is a beta site created by a friend and it was recently presented during Portland Startup Week 2016. Use it to easily search by location, travel time, and/or features and amenities, including things like ‘accessible by public transit’ or ‘has a yurt’—including some search filters you won’t find anywhere else! You could cross-reference with, which lists every hot spring in Oregon (California and Idaho have maps, too).

A Week or a Weekend

Friends also run the travel blog A Week or a Weekend, specializing in making the most of your travel budget. Relevant recent posts for outdoorsy types include Snowshoeing in Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park and Backpacking Mt. Rainier National Park’s Wonderland Trail; non-campers might prefer to check out their review of the Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria.

Portland Monthly

Portland Monthly just published a series of Ten Once-in-a-Lifetime Cascadian Journeys. Their recommendations could take you on the Empire Builder train over to to Whitefish, MT, or draw you to gorgeous Tofino, a remote spot on Vancouver Island. Each journey sounds and looks wonderful.

Online Tourism

Finally, a few links for the armchair travelers among us or anyone who can’t get away this spring. Fullscreen 360 shares panoramas from sites all over the world—and beyond. You might also check out these recommended accounts on Periscope, a Twitter app that allows users to live-stream their experiences.