Beat the heat, find an adventure, be spontaneous, get out of the routine! There are many reasons for a last minute summer getaway. There are even more choices of where to go. The fabulous thing about the West Coast is you can be in the mountains and at the beach on the same day. There are so many options, try one of these West Coast Getaways.
Yosemite National Park, CA – a pretty easy day trip from central California. A one-of-a-kind place to explore, hike and camp. If last minute however, you would have to camp outside the park, or hike in to a quiet lake that doesn’t require reservations.
Columbia Gorge, OR – Drive through the gorge along the river, near Mt. Hood and see waterfalls and beautiful views. There are many great hiking trails and camping spots too.
Central Coast, CA – There are too many cool places to list here. Santa Cruz has the mountains and the warm beach. Monterey is a fabulous coastal town with an amazing aquarium for kids. Carmel is a cute town with personality, good restaurants, and lots of shopping.
Lake Tahoe, CA – This is a very accessible, adventurous place. You can hike, bike, and swim all in one day easily in this mountain town.
Olympic Peninsula, WA – National parks, rivers, lakes, snow covered mountains, lush green valleys, wildlife and cute towns. So much to explore, you’ll just have a hard time choosing.
Seattle, WA – Pike’s Place Market, The Space Needle, amazing coffee, mountains, lakes and forests.
San Fransisco, CA – Alcatrez Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and the ocean. Lots of history here.
San Diego, CA – Great beaches, warm weather, a world class zoo, Sea World, whale watching.
Portland, OR – Bridges galore, culture and art, coffee and beer, outdoor recreation, OMSI, a great walking city.
When choosing any major city to visit, be sure to check out the City Pass for that place! This is a great way to save money by getting a pass to multiple attractions. It saves you time and helps with your itinerary. Some passes even include the transportation. Check out: City Pass, Smart Destinations, and Travel Portland.
Catalina Island, CA – Your family’s own island paradise for the beach, hiking, biking, zip lining, snorkeling, museums and more.
San Juan Islands, WA – Whale watching, a sunny alternative to Seattle, “glamping,” farmer’s markets and good food.
Mexico Cruise – Because if you are thinking about a boat, well Why Not!? You can find great last minute deals.