Unique Trip Ideas
Read on for ideas on how to make your trip unique and memorable. We feature interesting events, activities and locations weekly. Subscribe to our Newsletter to receive these great ideas in your inbox.
Displaying 91-120 of 144 trip ideas.
Come to Sisters and experience the beautifully designed Aspen Lakes golf course. Attention to detail is given to every aspect of this immaculately maintained course, where its bent grass fairways and red sand traps combine to offer an Oregon golfing experience like no other.
Discover the world of birding and how this feathery fad provides more than just great exercise! Birding is a great way to experience nature. And whether you are a serious hobbyist or just curious, bird watching is one activity that surprises and inspires people of all ages and abilities.
Take a trip to Portland, Oregon and help fight hunger by listening to some of the best blues in the world at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival. Get up and dance the night away or kick back and relax on the grassy banks of the beautiful Willamette River and take in amazing performances a long with a spectacular view of the Portland skyline.
Nestled in the heart of Yachats, the Yachats State Park offers a pristine view of where the Yachats River meets the Pacific Ocean. Anywhere along the one-mile loop is wonderful for taking in the beach, tide pools, blowholes, sunsets and whale watching.
Often referred to as the “outdoor playground of the West”, the central Oregon town of Bend is equally as famous for its outdoor pursuits as it is for its pristine beauty. Majestic snow caps punctuate the gorgeous high-desert skyline, which just so happens to make for some of the best weather in the country (nearly 300 days of sunshine a year!)
Come to Sonoma County and experience Winter Wineland. Winter Wineland is an exceptional event for those wanting to see multiple wineries in one weekend. Go from winery to winery; visiting the ones you are interested in. Each participating winery is different – some will offer food pairing, music, entertainment and tours. Some of the wineries, which are not typically open to the public, open their doors just for this festival.
Just 20 miles north of Napa Valley, or a short two hour drive from the San Francisco Bay area is one of California’s newest Wine Country Destinations, the Lake County Wine Region. With a deep history in wine making, Lake County Wineries are ideal for those looking to experience fine wine in a relaxed and breathtaking environment.
Just around the corner from the Inner Harbor, Victoria’s Fisherman's Wharf is a special marine destination offering many great restaurants, shops and eco-adventure tours. Have the best fish and chips of your life, wander around the docks and buy fresh seafood off a boat, check out the unique array of commercial and pleasure vessels and float homes, rent a kayak, go whale watching or maybe even have a pirate adventure.
Fully experience the magic of Christmas at the Butchart Gardens by walking down a path lit by festoon lamp posts, surrounded by tens of thousands of tiny lights perfectly placed among swaths of evergreen and wreaths of holly, listening to carolers and finally arriving at a quiet outdoor ice rink where you are welcome to enjoy a leisurely skate.
The University of Oregon is home to the celebrated Oregon Ducks football team. Well revered in their league, the Ducks are known for being a fiercely competitive team with a strong and persistent drive. Ducks games are highly entertaining as the team performs with an intense energy that is reciprocal of their fans response to them.
Join Sonoma Canopy Tours for the experience of a lifetime and discover the world famous Redwoods of Occidental. Enjoy a fun and educational guided eco- tour that includes 7 zip lines, 2 sky bridges, an 80 foot rappel and a spiral stair case like you’ve never seen before.
Enjoy the magic of a Victorian Holiday Tea by having a truly unique experience and taking part in the perfect afternoon out. Whether you are looking to celebrate, do something different or start a new tradition, the Campbell House’s Victorian Holiday teas are always fun, elegant and festive affairs.
Flavor! Napa Valley is a fabulous 4 day festival showcasing the very best of farm to table fine cuisine and some of the world’s best wine. And, where better to host this inaugural celebration than in the home of the founders of America’s fine wine industry: The Napa Valley - a region renowned not only for its wine, but also for its natural beauty, outstanding culinary scene, incredible accommodations as well as its thriving arts community.
The Winchester Mystery House is located in San Jose and was once the personal residence of the Widow of a gun tycoon, Sarah Winchester. This Queen Anne Style Victoria Mansion was under construction for 38 years and is renowned not only for its size, but primarily for its utter lack of any master building plan. The house is also reported to be haunted and home to all of the ghosts of Winchester rifle victims.
Put down the mascara and eyelash curler and prepare to be amazed. Eyelash tinting and perming are innovative services provided by Shibui Spa that curl and dye lashes to perfection. At Shibui, each therapist goes through a unique training process so that they are able to provide flawless services to their clients. And, for the ultimate spa experience, Shibui invites all clients to check in at least 30 minutes before their appointment, allowing time for relaxation in the hot thermal soaking tub, Swedish sauna and cold-splash refresher.
The Raven’s Restaurant is located at the Stanford Inn by the Sea on the Mendocino coast in California. Inspired by the Inn's Certified Organic gardens, The Ravens' is world renowned for their outstanding vegetarian cuisine. Guests at the Inn and local residents alike, consider the Ravens’ to be an essential dining experience.
Have fun digging for clams on the super-naturally beautiful Washington coast. All you need is a shovel and a container to put your clams in. The pacific razor clam is an exceptionally meaty shellfish abundant in the surf pounded sand of Long Beach. Clams grow to a maximum length of 6 inches, although 3 to 5 inches in length are most often collected. Clams that are 7 inches long have been recorded, but are exceptionally rare.
Spend a few days in a National Historic Landmark, the charming town of Jacksonville, Oregon. With the Britt Festival, Segway tours, wineries and more, there is so much to see and do!
Have a cup of joe where the largest coffee company in the world began. From 1971 until 1975, the first Starbucks was located on Western Avenue until it moved to its new home in the Soul of Seattle, the Pike Place Market (where it remains today). And, because Pike Place is a historic district with specific guidelines, the store still retains its original look.
What makes this road trip unique? It's unparalleled scenery. Find the true meaning of super natural beauty as you look upon the peaks of the Cascade Mountains, 1000 year old hardened lava flows, high desert plains, thick forests, pristine mountain lakes, gentle streams and peaceful meadows. Take this Cascades Lakes road trip and see for yourself why this 83 mile route is so widely renowned.
From the shores of the mighty Umpqua River to the diverse population and abundance of trees, fish and wildlife, the Umpqua National Forest offers countless opportunities to explore a very special, natural environment. So, escape from the everyday grind and experience something new.
The Victoria Symphony Splash is a spectacular event that transforms Victoria's beautiful Inner Harbor into a magnificent outdoor concert stage. Victoria Symphony Splash features a variety of musical entertainment, food, souvenirs and the evening's highlight: a live performance by the Victoria Symphony with an ending you won't want to miss - a fantastic live performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, complete with bells, cannons, and fireworks.
Come explore the quiet country roads of Oregon's leading wine region, the Willamette Valley. Discover the inspiring wines of the valley at a trendy tasting bar, a state of the art winery or a rustic barnyard. Look, smell, taste & enjoy - it's that easy.
Located in Portland, the Oregon Zoo is home to hundreds of species of animals and receives more than one million visitors each year. There is always something exciting going on at the Zoo, whether it's an annual event like a summer concert or a limited time special exhibit, the Zoo is your destination for wild entertainment!
Opened in 1927 as a movie house and cabaret, the Panida Theater was restored in 1985 by the local community and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Recently, the Panida has received some well deserved recognition from Idaho's governor, Commission of the Arts, Centennial Commission and the US Department of the Interior.
Get up close and personal with the gorgeous tropical habitat and exotic residents of the Victoria Butterfly Garden. Enjoy taking pictures of the winged stunners fluttering among the flora. Observe the flamingo's curious personality as they walk among the indoor jungle. The experience of exploring this living and breathing garden is one that you will never forget.
Located in the historic Belltown district is the fabulously entertaining Big Picture theater. The Big Picture is a boutique meeting facility that provides a great place to enjoy a movie as well as a unique alternative venue for events such as business meetings, parties and even weddings!
Yachats galleries feature an incredible array of various forms of contemporary and traditional art. Whether you are interested in collecting new art or simply viewing and appreciating pieces in unintimidating, quality galleries, there is something for everyone.
Escape crowds in historic Seaview, a place known for its tranquil setting and delightful atmosphere. What was once a buzzing summertime community for Portland's upper class as well as a depot for the Clamshell Rail Road is now a quiet small town rich with history and full of charm.
Home to wetlands, wildlife and a waste water treatment facility is the naturally beautiful, highly functional Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary features hundreds of acres of grassy uplands, freshwater, brackish and salt marshes, mudflats, miles of walking and biking paths as well as an interpretive center that serves over 20 000 visitors every year.