You never realize how truly "beautiful" America the Beautiful is until you actually go and see it. Work had slowed down and last weekend we decided to take a Friday off and go up to the Pacific NorthWest since we've never been there.
We spent the first part of the weekend in Portland, which is a 2.5 hour drive south from Seattle. The best way to describe Portland is weird - that's what everyone says. None the less it is definitely a charming cute town. We went to a delicious brunch place and a few cute coffee shops. The coffee there is amazing!! And of course you must try the famous Vodoo Donut shop - don't be intimidated by the long line outside the door, it really does go by fast as everyone says. The donuts are delicious!!
There are tons of beautiful waterfalls and trails all outside of Portland, unfortunately we only had time for one. About a 35 minute drive west of Portland is a beautiful waterfall called Multnomah Falls (see pictures below). The drive to get there is along a beautiful scenic road through the Columbia River Gorge. There a bunch of viewpoints and stop along the way - be sure to stop at them, it will be worth it!
Portland also have a beautiful Japanese Garden and Rose garden that are a must do! The Portland Japanese Garden is a traditional Japanese garden occupying 5.5 acres. It is soo beautiful and serene! Just a cross the road is the Porltand Rose Garden and it's FREE! There are over 7,000 rose plants of approximately 550 varieties. It literally felt like walking through a rose heaven, every type and shade of rose was there.
If you're planning any trips to Portland in the near future, let us know if you have any questions!
~xoxo, VB Sisters