Vacations To Go


The August Long Weekend


Day 1 Thursday August 9th  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Spokane  
11:15 a.m. Arrive: Kennewick 142
  Do: Gas & Lunch  
12:00 p.m. Depart: Kennewick  
4:00 p.m. Arrive: Portland, OR 205
  Do: Dinner-McMenamins Ringer's Pub & Crystal Ballroom  


Day 2 Friday August 10th  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Portland  
10:00 a.m. Arrive: Castle Rock 57
  Arrive: Mt St. Helens National Monument  
  See: Forest Learning Center (Free)
Mile marker 33 on SR 504, this is  undoubtedly the best exhibit on the mountain. Children  will joyfully play in the playground, as well as climb into the helicopter and pretend to be flying around the  mountain. The eruption chamber is an awesome  experience.     They also feature the best gift shop on the  highway.
    Johnson Ridge Observatory (May-Oct 10-6) $8 per adult
at the 52  mile marker on SR 504, is named after the volcanologist  David Johnston, who was camped out on this ridge  observing the volcano when it blew. His final words were  “Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it.” He was never found.  This site has an awesome view, as well as great  exhibits.
  Depart: Johnson Ridge  
2 hr 50 min Arrive: Long Beach 136


Day 3 Saturday August 11th  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Long Beach  
    (Turn left on Hwy 103. Turn right on Oysterville Rd. Across from the post office.)  
9:30 a.m. Arrive: Oysterville 15
    Oysterville Historic Cemetery Letterbox  
    Historic School House Letterbox  
10:30 a.m Depart: Oysterville  
    (Go back out on Oysterville Rd. Turn left on Hwy 103. Turn left at Scoopers on 2nd. Travel this avenue until you find a Tsunami Siren .. Turn right at the siren, and travel to the end of the gravel road, it also serves as a parking lot to the Ball fields.)  
  Do: Turtle Pond Series #4 Base-a-Ball Letterbox  
11:00 a.m. Arrive: Long Beach 15
  See: Shops  
    Candy Man
115 Pacific S
    Scoopers (11-10)
101 Pacific N
    (Go across the street and turn left on Bolstad..)  
    Anna Lena's
111 Bolstad
    (Go back to Pacific and turn left/south.)  
    Cottage Bakery (4am-7pm)
118 Pacific
    Werner's Candy and Gift Shoppe (Scrappacino)
408 Pacific S
    Marsh's Free Museum (9-5)
409 Pacific
  Optional: Dinner-The Lost Roo (11:30-8:30)
1700 Pacific
  Depart: Long Beach  
  Arrive: Astoria 19


Day 4 Sunday August 12th  
    (From Marine Dr go up 15th St to Madison.)  
8:00 a.m. Do: Remember Letterbox-Astoria Pioneer Cemetery  
    (Go past the bridge and take the first right on Portway St. Go past Riverwalk Inn and turn right on Industry.)  
    Sitting on the Dock of the Bay Letterbox  
    (Continue right on Marine. Go left at the roundabout continuing on Marine to Tapiola Park.)  
    Goonie Never Die Letterbox  
10:00 a.m.   Sunday Market (10-3)  
12:00 p.m. Depart: Astoria  
12:15 p.m. Arrive: Ft. Stevens State Park $5 9
  Do: Peter Iredale  
1:00 p.m. Depart: Ft. Stevens  
    (Just before crossing the river before you get to Seaside. Turn right into North Gateway Park.)  
    Snug As a Bug Letterbox  
    Your Humble Serpent Letterbox  
1:45 p.m. Arrive: Seaside 14
    (Turn right on Broadway. Just past the river on the right.)  
    Broadway Stars Letterbox  
    (Continue to the next street, Edgewood. Go two blocks right.)  
    Pocket Park: Love Letterbox  
    (Go back to Broadway and turn right.)  
  See: Shops  
4:00 p.m. Depart: Seaside  
5:00 p.m. Arrive: Tillamook 46
  Do: Dinner: Tillamook Cheese Factory  
6:30 p.m. Depart: Tillamook  
8:00 p.m. Arrive: Portland 73
    Portland Aerial Tram (5:30 am-9:30 pm) $4.70
3303 SW Bond Ave.
Portland, OR 97239
The tram is typically crowded weekdays 7am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm. We recommend visiting any time we're open on weekends.
Many restaurants nearby the upper level.


Day 5 Monday August 13th  
Optional: See: Jackpot Records (10-7)
3574 NE Hawthorne
    Mississippi Records (12-7)
5202 N Albina Ave
Portland, OR 97217
    Vinyl Resting Place (Closed Mon & Tues)
 8332 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203


Day 6 Tuesday August 14th  
  Depart: Portland  
4 hrs Arrive: Kennewick 205
2.25 hrs. Arrive: Spokane 142