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Coming to Vancouver in October

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Coming to Vancouver in October

Hey all,

We're coming to Portland/Vancouver in October for 6 days. Some of the time is going to be spent going to seminars and meetings, but for the rest of the time, what's good to do?

We've never been to Oregon or Washington before, so we're not familiar with anything.

Any tourist tips would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Bobby

bobby102@gmail.com

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1. Re: Coming to Vancouver in October

If you will have a car I would venture over to Portland for soem tax free shopping and to see a bit of the city. For a beautiful drive you can leave vancouver on State 14 and drive along the Gorge, it's beautiful. this is where river boat scences from Mavrick were shot among many other movies I think.

Vancouver is just a sprawling suburb with not much intrest from what I have seen. My husband is from a small town that borders Vancouver. They were to Portland if they wanted to do something fun.

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2. Re: Coming to Vancouver in October

There is not much to do in Vancouver as it really is just a suburb, but it is only about 15 miles from Portland which has lots to do. The only thing you might check out in Vancouver is Fort Vancouver or the Pearson Air Museum if you like history and/or airplanes.

For a nice afternoon in Ptlnd. visit the quaint shopping area along 23rd Street in NW Portland (great restaurnts too) and the International Rose Garden located close by. A visit to downtown Portland is also a must for shopping.

Definitely visit the Columbia Gorge, Multnomah Falls area. If you have a whole day you can tie the area into a scenic loop with Mt. Hood and the very cute town of Hood River. The whole area is pretty spectacular. Get out and hike if you can.

The coast is about an hour and half away in the other direction. Cannon beach is the closest to Portland, offers the best shopping and has great beaches. It's also doable in a long day.

Hope that helps!

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3. Re: Coming to Vancouver in October

Let's see - I'm going to try to come up with some things to do in Vancouver proper...

1. Historical Sights - Fort Vancouver, the oldest permanent settlement in Washington, still resides next to the Pearson Airpark - the oldest continuously operating airport in the United States. You can go in and have a look around and see the air museum. Officer's Row is an area where Officers lived during the Civil War - beautiful stretch next to the Army Barracks. There are torch-lit tours of the row put on by people in Civil War costumes. Even President Ulysses Grant once made his home here in Vancouver.

2. Recreation - You can take a drive up the Washington side on SR-14 through the Columbia River Gorge. You can see Beacon Rock, the second largest Basalt Monolith in the world, Cape Horn where you have a panoramic view of the Columbia River Gorge, countless hiking trails, and white water rafting on the White Salmon River. You can go on to Stevenson, where you can see kiteboarders and windsurfers from all over the world or take a ride on the Spirit of the Gorge - an old Sternwheeler originally run in the 1800s. You can visit the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, or take a trip up to Mt. Adams to see the Ice Caves. You can go out to Vancouver Lake to watch the bald eagles, or go to Mt. St. Helens to see the Volcano. You can take a mountain biking trip up to Siouxon Creek or a 1 1/2 hour drive out to Long Beach, the world's longest beach. Play a round of golf at the Skamania Lodge resort course and enjoy their incredible Sunday Champagne Brunch while you enjoy views of the gorge.

3. Commercial Activities - You can catch a movie at Cinetopia where you are served gourmet hors d'oeuvres and wine while you watch, with live jazz in the balcony before the show, then hang at the wine bar and listen to piano while you sample one of their hundreds of wines on tap. You can have dinner at the new Hilton restaurant downtown, or head out east to Bacchus for some great upscale live music and dancing. Hit the lively happy hour at Beaches restaurant and enjoy views of the Columbia, or go for a walk on the promenade below. Go to Mestizzos for some Salsa and Latin music, or the Inn at the Quay for some live music and dancing.

It's usually raining here by then, so all the fun summer events at the town square (Ester Short Park) are done by then...

Oh yeah, and if all else fails - go over to Portland! Ask your ?? in that forum for Portland info.

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