20 Amazing Pacific Northwest Family Vacation Ideas to Book (2024)

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The Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful places to both live and vacation in. While I’m slightly biased, being from Seattle, there’s no denying the variety that this area has, and it’s great for families. That’s why this post focuses on the best Pacific Northwest family vacation ideas to inspire you for your next trip.

Now that I’m a mom, my priorities have changed when it comes to booking a trip. My requirements are a fun area, scenic if possible, and kid-friendly accommodations. I put this post together to give you ideas of where to go with your kids around the Pacific Northwest and have an enjoyable Seattle weekend getaway.

To write this post, I enlisted the help of experts on this subject – travel bloggers who know their stuff. They have done all the research for you by going to all these destinations with their kids to let you know the must-see places to stop at and add any tips to help your vacation go smoothly (which we all know can be difficult with little ones sometimes!).

Here are 20 ideas for Pacific Northwest family vacations, including British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. Whether you decide to go away for a few days or go on a Pacific Northwest national parks road trip, you’ll love experiencing more of the area.

This post was originally posted in August 2020 and was last updated in February 2023.

Tips for Planning Family Vacations in the Pacific Northwest

Here are some tips to make your Pacific Northwest vacation go smoother.

  • Call the hotel ahead of time to ask for special requests. If you need to rent a crib or rollaway bed, I’ve found better luck talking to someone ahead of time instead of just putting it on the reservation form.
  • Have entertainment for long drives. Kids may get excited about going on vacation, but that might fade away the longer you drive. Check out my road trip essentials guide to pack everything you need. I also list a few essentials below.
  • Plan breaks in your day. Older kids may be able to be on the go all day, but younger kids may need naps or some downtime in their schedule, so plan accordingly.
  • Book summer vacations in advance. Summer in Seattle is the most popular time to go on a vacation in the Pacific Northwest, so I recommend booking your hotel in late winter or early spring if you want a specific weekend.
  • Lower your expectations. It was a huge change to go from traveling the world by myself to suddenly having two little ones dictate what we did, or more so, what we didn’t do based on their moods. It’s good to have a loose itinerary, but be flexible if it’s their nap time or your kid isn’t feeling something.

What to Pack for a Pacific Northwest Family Vacation

Here are a few helpful items I personally use for vacations:

  • Kindle – I’ve had the same Kindle for years and don’t go anywhere without it. It’s ideal for storing dozens of books on it without taking up space in your luggage. They even have a Kindle for kids now that’s waterproof and kid-friendly.
  • Games – There’s no better way to distract kids than with games, and they have ones for almost every age group. Younger kids may like games such as “Would You Rather” Questions, while older kids may like the U.S. Road Trip Atlas to learn about where they’re going. Coloring books are always big hits with both toddlers and older kids (and adults!).
  • Fire HD Tablet – Normally, I don’t let my kids watch too much TV, but sometimes when you’re on a long trip, you just need a little downtime. My boys know they only get to use this on long car trips, so it’s extra special. It’s pretty indestructible, and they can download various TV shows, movies, and games.
  • SlumberPod – I put off getting this for a while, but after my youngest slept horribly on every trip we went on, I decided to invest in it, and he finally slept through the night on our next trip. It’s essentially a black-out tent that goes over a pack-and-play or a crib so they can nap and sleep without distractions.

Need help planning out your road trip? I’ve been using Roadtrippers for years to see exactly how long it’ll take from one point to the next and find new places to add to my itinerary!

Family Weekend Getaways in Washington State

There are numerous places to go on kid-friendly vacations in Washington State, but here are some of the top recommendations.

1. Lakedale

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Lakedale on San Juan Island is one of the few family vacation ideas in Washington state that has accommodations for EVERY type of traveler. This includes a Lake House, an adults-only Lodge, Log Cabins, Canvas Cabins, Canvas Cottages, RV hookups and campsites, and a new Yurt Village (each with its own hot tub!).

With three freshwater lakes, 82 acres of room to roam, boat and fishing rentals, and activities for days (think a t-shirt tie-dye station!), Lakedale is a great choice for a family resort in Washington state. 

Perfectly situated between Friday and Roche Harbor, Lakedale is a short drive to all of the best eateries to stop during a trip to San Juan Island. If you’re looking for an unforgettable dining experience, ditch the kids for a date night across the road at Duck Soup Inn.

Want something more family-friendly with views? Book a table at Downriggers right by the ferry dock.

Grab a coffee at Crows Nest Coffee Shoppe to start your day, load up on groceries at Kings Market, and DIY your meals back at Lakedale. For an easy activity, grab a mid-day ice cream from the Saturday market in Roche Harbor and walk the docks. 

After a busy day watching whales, exploring the island, and roaming lavender fields, unwind with a glass of wine by the lodge fire and grab a s’mores kit from the front desk.

The only downside? With so many ways to stay and play, Lakedale is a place you’ll never want to leave during your Pacific Northwest family vacation.

Where to Stay: Lakedale at Three Lakes (rates start at $189 per night; read reviews on TripAdvisor)

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2. Great Wolf Lodge

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One of the most kid-friendly vacations in Washington state is Great Wolf Lodge. This giant water park is a great place to go no matter what time of the year it is. Winter may be the best, as you can find a way to have fun while staying warm.

Right in the middle of one of the best drives in Washington between Portland and Seattle is a place every Pacific Northwest family will likely debate visiting at some point. You’ll love this Seattle family resort that isn’t too far away, and you can visit it after spending one day in Seattle.

Yes, it’s definitely more for the kids than the grownups. Yes, it’s almost entirely indoors. And yes, it can be on the spendier side.

But it is also a place where the whole family can play and stay together in a giant water park without having to do a lot of preparation or planning. Great Wolf is also one of the best family resorts in the Pacific Northwest

The eateries on site have various choices and can accommodate allergies and most dietary needs. There is even a Starbucks in the lobby, making it one of the best toddler-friendly vacations in Washington state.

The rooms also have a mini-fridge so that you can bring your own snacks. A friend even brings her crockpot and pre-made items in zip-lock bags to create incredible in-room meals.  

FYI, there are no in-room robes, so you might want to bring a coverup for the pool. And if you or your kids are planning to do the outdoor adventure course, make sure you also pack closed-toe shoes. Your whole family will love this Pacific Northwest family vacation idea.

Where to Stay: Great Wolf Lodge (rates start at $250 per night)

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3. Spokane

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In the heart of the Palouse, in eastern Washington state, lies the city of Spokane. This quintessential American town has an abundance of activities to offer for families, from beautiful city parks to kid-friendly museums, as well as a good mix of nature beginner hikes and city amenities. You’ll love this family vacation idea in the Pacific Northwest.

It’s also home to the country’s largest three-on-three basketball tournament and an annual 12k run that attracts thousands of participants from around the country.

For families visiting Spokane, a stroll through Riverfront Park is a must. In the summer months, the park has a splash park for young kids, as well as gondola rides overlooking Spokane Falls along the Spokane River.

In the winter months, a skating rink offers families some fun and festive Spokane activities that are enjoyable for all ages. There’s no shortage of Washington family-friendly activities in this area.

Spokane’s downtown area has great shopping and dining options, but other notable districts to explore include Kendall Yards, Brown’s Addition, South Hill, and the Garland District.

Not to be missed is Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle, a Spokane institution serving up classic American diner fare. The draw is the giant milk bottle that looms at the entrance of the restaurant, beckoning diners to enter.

The city is ideal for planning family weekend getaways in Washington State any time of the year. Spokane is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring Riverside State Park, Washington wineries, and nearby Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho.

In the winter months, visitors can enjoy skiing at Mount Spokane. Spokane is truly a city that families can enjoy all year long.

Where to Stay:

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4. Alderbrook Resort

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Located on the Hood Canal, just two hours west of Seattle, Alderbrook Resort & Spa is one of the best family resorts in Washington State, offering the ultimate family and pet-friendly respite. This is one of the best family vacation ideas in Washington state that isn’t too far away.

Established in 1913 and renovated in 2004, Alderbrook Resort & Spa has 77 guest rooms and 16 private beach cottages, spanning 88 acres with a majestic view of the Olympic Mountains.

Whether it’s s’mores around the fire pit, a soccer match in the field, or oyster shucking on the dock, the resort encourages an organic community experience, a well-preserved Alderbrook legacy.

The resort’s amenities include a heated saltwater pool, spa, fitness center, yoga, golf, nearby hiking, geocaching, creativity kits, and an indoor game room.  The destination was designed for all ages to enjoy in any season, making it one of the more popular family resorts in Washington state.  

The Restaurant at Alderbrook, one of the resort’s most coveted attractions, features a “woodland to waterfront” menu specializing in locally harvested seafood and fresh ingredients sourced from the region. A seasonally-driven experience highlighting the northwest’s inspired bounty.

Whether you’re craving an outdoor adventure or a laid-back holiday during your Pacific Northwest family vacation, Alderbrook Resort & Spa offers a generous playground with an intimate aesthetic.  Curating unique family-friendly vacations for over 100 years, Alderbrook proves to be one of the best resorts in Washington State for families and the perfect Pacific Northwest family vacation idea.

Want to extend your trip? Check out some of the best hiking in Olympic National Park and how to spend one day at Olympic National Park! You can also stop here before heading out on an Olympic National Park road trip.

Where to Stay: Alderbrook Resort (rates start at $209 per night)

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5. Stevens Pass

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The Pacific Northwest family vacation list wouldn’t be complete without a snowy mountain retreat that is fun for all ages. Stevens Pass is most commonly known for its fantastic ski and snowboard attractions, which provide a fun and physically active winter family getaway in Washington state, and it’s one of the best things to do in Seattle in January when you want snow.

Apart from winter, though, Stevens Pass has a flourishing summer season, with plenty of hiking trails and scenic views. Only a brisk 2-hour road trip from Seattle, Stevens Pass offers a quick escape from the hustle of urban life, which is a great way to de-stress during the holidays.

For the kids (and possibly adults), Stevens Pass has a wide variety of ski and snowboard lessons, ranging from absolute beginners to seasoned professionals. If you plan on going up more than a few times per year, you might consider an Epic Pass, which allows you to visit multiple ski resorts on an unlimited basis.

As for the proper attire, you’ll want to have a hat, gloves, long underwear, a waterproof coat, and a waterproof jacket at the minimum.

For food at Stevens Pass, I suggest the Pacific Crest Lodge, which is located at the summit of Stevens Pass. The menu is exactly what you’d need during a snowy day on the slopes- coffee, hot chocolate, tacos, pizza, and much more! You can also pack your own food if looking for cheap activities in Seattle.

Stevens Pass is easily a day trip from Seattle, but you can make it a weekend and spend the night as well. Many people choose to visit Leavenworth in the winter to make a Seattle family vacation out of it. You can also visit hot springs near Stevens Pass if you plan ahead.

Where to Stay:

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6. Seabrook

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Seabrook is one of the best family vacation ideas in the Pacific Northwest. Located just 2 ½ hours drive from Seattle or 3 hours from Portland, Seabrook is the closest sandy beach community with year-round outdoor activities for the whole family, and it makes for a dog-friendly vacation as well! Summer is the best time for this family vacation in the Pacific Northwest.

Seabrook is a walkable community that allows you to get to just about everything in town in about five minutes. If you don’t feel like walking, bring your bike or rent a cruiser bike from Buck’s Bikes for a quick alternative to get where you need to go.

Seabrook has lots of wide-open spaces to play, explore and spend family time together. You can hit the trails for a leisure hike around the property. Don’t miss the popular Gnome Trail, where you can discover hidden handmade habitats for creatures in the woods.

Stop and make your own gnome home with some sticks and leaves and let your imagination go wild in the woods.  Four-legged family members have their very own off-leash dog park to play in and are free to jump and play off-leash in the surf at Pacific Beach. This area is also one of the best areas to surf in Washington.

The main attraction at Seabrook is the beach, where you can kayak, skimboard, fly a kite, dig for razor clams, build a sandcastle, and have a campfire. There is plenty to do on this beautiful coastline. 

Seabrook is full of cozy cottages that are the perfect dream-home backdrop for your family vacation getaway. The rental homes are fully stocked with everything you’ll need to be comfortable.

Seabrook’s homes all have kitchens that are ready for you to create that perfect family meal after a long day of play. Front Street Market can stock your home for you before your arrival, so it’s one less thing you have to worry about.

You can duck over to the Sweet Life Ice Cream and Candy Shop after dinner for a sweet treat. If you don’t feel like cooking, you can pop into Frontager’s Pizza Co. for gourmet Italian, brick-oven style cuisine. 

There is just something about Seabrook that makes you slow down just a bit. It takes you back to the community because it’s a town that is focused on connectedness.

From forest to park, park to the beach, it isn’t hard to find an activity to keep everyone in your family happy. Your family will leave feeling more connected after a trip to Seabrook. 

Where to Stay:

  • You’ll love this beach walk cottage that has three bedrooms and access to a private beach (rates start at $290 per night)
  • Large families will enjoy this cute cottage with two stories that sleeps up to eight people. (rates start at $250 per night)

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7. Lake Chelan

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When looking for family weekend getaways in Washington state, head to Lake Chelan. The area has long been a family-friendly vacation spot in Washington, and I’ve been there many times over the years. There are so many fun Lake Chelan activities, so it makes it perfect for taking the kids on a trip there.

Established in 2014, The Lookout at Lake Chelan offers guests a lovely vacation home fit for all family sizes, some with up to 6 bedrooms. Each house offers a unique feel as they are all individually owned and decorated. Various properties feature fireplaces and private hot tubs, and some are even pet-friendly!

During the summer months, guests can enjoy outdoor activities in the large outdoor swimming pool with weekly events that offer free snacks and drinks for adults and kids. This is the perfect summer family vacation in Washington state.

Next to the pool area is a pickleball court, an open park for lawn games, a BBQ area, and a handful of hiking and biking routes during one of the most active family getaways in Washington state.

During the winter, the outdoor hot tub is wonderful with the cold snow falling on your nose, and they set up a build-your-own s’mores kit next to the hot tubs. It’s hard to beat this Pacific Northwest family vacation idea, no matter what age your kids are.

Each home is packed with fun things to keep both kids and parents entertained, such as games, puzzles, bicycles, water rentals, and even a full kitchen to prep family mealtime. Lake Chelan is one of the best family getaways in Washington state when you’re looking for active things to do.

One of their newer homes, Happy Hours, offers a full downstairs living area for the kids with a game room with Xbox, their own bathroom, and a large bedroom with a set of bunk beds for the larger families.

When you’re ready to go outside and explore, Lake Chelan offers a variety of things for the family, including our favorites, a visit to Blueberry Hills Farms for some per-the-pound picking of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

Just pick as many as you like and weigh your bag at the entrance to see how much you owe. At $2.50 per pound for peaches and $1.50 per pound for the rest, it’s a deal compared to the grocery store. This tip will help you save money during your Pacific Northwest family vacation.

You’ll want to add Lake Chelan to your list of things to do in the Pacific Northwest with how many activities there are here year-round.

Where to Stay:

  • Campbell’s Resort is a kid-friendly resort with access to a pool and a beach. (rates start at $150 per night)
  • This lakefront home has a private dock and buoy and sleeps up to nine guests. (rates start at $249 per night)

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8. Semiahmoo

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Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington, is one of the best kid-friendly resorts in the Pacific Northwest, so book a stay here when you’re looking for family trips in Washington state.

They have a couple of restaurants on site. Packer’s Kitchen + Bar has locally sourced produce, and they partner with a lot of local companies to create delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

Great Blue Heron Grill offers casual food at their golf club. Seaside Café is a little coffee shop near the lobby where families can get grab-and-go breakfast items. And during the summer, sign up for their Seaside BBQ Dinner.

It’s an awesome place for kids to play outdoors. They have a giant chess set, a big sandbox, and one of the best beaches in Washington to search for sand dollars and geoducks. And they offer s’mores by their outdoor fire pits every night.

There’s also a Beach Activities Center where families can rent bikes, kayaks, and paddleboards. This is an active family vacation in Washington State that the whole family will love and one of the best family resorts in the Pacific Northwest.

And rainy days are still fun at Semiahmoo Resort (just bring your Pacific Northwest rain gear!). Families will love their movie theatre that shows movies each evening. Guests can also request movies to watch in the theatre during the day. And they have a nice game room with many games for kids and adults.

There’s also a kids club, so parents can book spa treatments or have a romantic date night. It’s the ultimate Pacific Northwest resort for families and one of the most unique experiences in Washington State, so make sure to book your stay in advance.

Where to Stay: Semiahmoo Resort (rates start at $199 per night; read reviews on Expedia)

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9. Lake Wenatchee State Park

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Lake Wenatchee State Park is between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass and is an excellent summer camping location for families with kids of all ages and great for family vacations in Washington state! You could also visit the park for the day if you are staying in nearby Plain or Leavenworth. This is one of the best family vacations in Washington state during the summer, especially with the warm weather.

The campground is great for families because they have bathrooms and showers along with playgrounds and good trees for hammocks. 

Lake Wenatchee State Park has lots of opportunities for family activities in Washington. The park is divided into two parts, separated by the Wenatchee River. The south side of the park has a roped-off swimming beach and kayak and paddleboard rentals for your Pacific Northwest family vacation.

If you prefer a quieter scene, the beach on the north side is less crowded and developed. There are about 4 miles of mellow wood chip-lined trails that are mostly flat. Bikes are allowed on most of the trails in addition to the road through the campground.

In winter, you can try winter camping, or you can stay at a cozy vacation rental in Plain or Leavenworth and spend the day cross-country skiing, going on winter hikes, or snowshoeing in the park.

On your way in or out, try the 1950s-themed 59er Diner at the turnoff from Highway 2, or visit Leavenworth and eat at Munchen Haus for brats, sausages, pretzels, and adult beverages. It’s year-round outdoor seating with most tables covered and warm heaters.

Where to Stay:

  • If you don’t feel like camping, you can book a stay at this Leavenworth cabin that has beautiful views of the river and sleeps eight. (rates start at $269 per night)
  • This alpine cabin sleeps ten people and has a private hot tub overlooking the valley. (rates start at $857 per night)

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10. Mount Rainier

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One of the most scenic things to do is take a day trip to Mt. Rainier, so put this on your list of Pacific Northwest vacation ideas. This national park shows off the outstandingly beautiful mountain that is Mount Rainier. It is one of the quintessential Washington areas that everyone needs to visit. Make sure to pick up your America the Beautiful pass before visiting!

This national park is filled with lakes, rivers, fire lookouts, surrounding mountains, and beautiful waterfalls. It is a perfect summer getaway for the family. 

One of the best things to do is, of course, hike! Mount Rainier has some of the best hikes I have ever witnessed. One of my favorite hikes is Comet Falls.

This waterfall is stunning and is around 380 feet tall! It is one of the best waterfall trails in Washington, and it is a great hike when the weather is not cooperating. 

An easy hike to do with the family is the Grove Of The Patriarchs Loop. This trail takes you through a path surrounded by gigantic trees and stunning river views! It is an excellent hike for beginners, and you’ll love this Pacific Northwest family vacation idea.

Of course, the best thing to do in Mount Rainier is to hike the Skyline Trail. This trail has some of the best views of the mountain. It is the most popular hike in the park, and it is easy to see why, as the views are magnificent the whole way during one of the most scenic family getaways in Washington state. There are also many other Mount Rainier hikes to check out if you feel like being active.

Where to Stay:

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11. Whidbey Island

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You don’t have to go far for one of the more popular Pacific Northwest vacation ideas. A weekend on Whidbey Island is the perfect kid-friendly vacation in Washington state. Taking the Mukilteo Ferry into Clinton is a great way to start a trip. 

While on the ferry, be sure to keep an eye out for seals and whales while on the boat. The island is a great family staycation in Washington due to how close it is to Seattle.

There are also three Washington State Parks on Whidbey Island that are all worth a trip to visit. Fort Casey, Fort Ebey, and Deception Pass all have amazing camping and views of the sound as well. 

Camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, and exploring, if available, at all corners of the island.  Also, you can check out Penn Cove Shellfish for fresh oysters, mussels, and clams, as well as the local town of Coupeville. Plus, you can also catch the ferry to Port Townsend for another place to explore. 

If you’re looking for kid-friendly breweries, there are several here that allow kids, such as Double Bluff Brewing Company. Many Whidbey Island wineries also are happy to host families. That’s why Whidbey is one of the best family vacation spots in Washington state.

Whidbey Island has festivals year-round and an amazing farmers market to check out with locally made goods. You can visit for a Whidbey day trip or spend the weekend there.

Where to Stay:

  • This waterfront home has views of both Camano Island and Puget Sound and sleeps up to eight people. (rates start at $229 per night)
  • This beautiful home has a wraparound deck that will give you stunning views at sunset. (rates start at $199 per night)

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12. Wenatchee

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The Wenatchee Valley, in North Central Washington, is one big outdoor family playground and perfect for your list of family vacations in Washington State. Surrounded by a diverse landscape of mountains, rivers, lakes, and high deserts, you will not run out of things to do in Wenatchee and the surrounding communities.

Everything from mountain hiking and camping to lakeside lounging and boating, Wenatchee has it all covered. It is conveniently located within a 50-mile radius between three popular resort destinations of Lake Chelan, Leavenworth, and Crescent Bar.

But for the purpose of this post, Wenatchee gets the attention as THE fun, affordable and accommodating place to vacation with your family in Washington.  

You can ski at Mission Ridge Ski Resort in winter, which is only 25 minutes from downtown Wenatchee. The area is one of the best family vacation spots in Washington, but many people don’t know about it.

Bike, walk, and skate on the 12-mile Apple Capital Loop Trail.  A scenic trail that is handicap-friendly will take you full circle along the Columbia Riverfront, connecting Wenatchee and East Wenatchee by footbridges.  

Visit Pybus Market, a modernized old steel warehouse made into an open-air market with restaurants and retail (much like Pike Place Market, but a quarter of the size). You can eat, shop, taste wine, and pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, and cured meats for your visit. Arlberg Sports @ Pybus is where you can rent pedal bikes, electric bikes, and paddleboards. 

Explore Ohme Gardens, a 40-acre forest garden overlooking Wenatchee and the Columbia River that was started in 1929 by a family who transplanted small evergreen trees from the nearby Cascade Mountains. Ohme is a beloved historic landmark and a great place to escape the summer heat in Wenatchee.

Where to Stay:

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Oregon Family Vacation Ideas

Oregon has some incredible places to explore, whether you’re staying out in the country or enjoying views of the Pacific Ocean.

13. Sunriver

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Sunriver is a resort community about 20 minutes south of Bend, Oregon. It’s an ideal location for family travel, as there is plenty to do for all ages. Summer and winter are our favorite times to visit, with plenty of seasonal activities available. This is a fun choice for a Pacific Northwest family vacation if you love the outdoors.

Sunriver has a resort, and many rental options, with bike and walking trails situated throughout the community. Most of those trails lead to a central Village with dining, shopping, and activities (like ice skating in the winter and go-karts in the summer). 

Sunriver Brewing is a popular spot for families to eat in the village, and they have a play area for kids inside too.

You’ll also find two aquatic centers with a mix of waterparks, rock climbing walls, and tubing hills in Sunriver. One of them even has Oregon’s only Flowrider!

Hike to nearby waterfalls, explore a lava cave, or watch the stars in the Sunriver Observatory to create special family memories. Many of the rentals offer complimentary bikes, and tickets to the SHARC waterpark, so look for those extras when booking.

We always run into deer on our bike rides, and the sunsets are magical. There are plenty of low-cost activities in the area, but enjoy a white water rafting trip or head down to the stables for some horseback riding for splurge activities.

There are plenty of golfing options for young and old as well. It makes a perfect week away for families with kids of all ages!

Where to Stay:

  • This four-bedroom home has plenty of space to spread out during your vacation. (rates start at $195 per night
  • You can also rent this dog-friendly house for eight with a fenced backyard. (rates start at $291 per night)

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14. Pacific City

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Give yourself some blissful beach views and your children a nature-made playground with a trip to Pacific City, Oregon. Located about a half-hour south of Tillamook, this off-the-beaten-path beach town is a gem for families traveling along the coast for a road trip on the Oregon coast

Kids will love the secluded beaches and sand dunes of differing sizes, though most of your attention will likely be on the massive one to the north. The main beach in Pacific City is located by a hotel and restaurant and has a decent-sized parking lot.

But as soon as you go down the small sand dune at the start of the beach, you can barely notice the hustle and bustle behind you. Instead, you’ll just enjoy the massive rock in the middle of the bay, the soft sand, and the small tidal pools to splash in if the tide is out, making it perfect for Pacific Northwest vacations for families.

The large sand dune that’s part of Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area to the north of the bay is a fun journey if your kids are old enough to navigate the steep dune. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the top, and lots of fun to slide back down!

Toddlers and preschoolers may prefer the smaller sand dunes along the back of the beach during this Pacific Northwest family vacation. For a crowd-free beach experience, head a bit farther down the coast to Bob Straub State Park, where you can find hiking trails and a short path to a beach that usually doesn’t have many people on it. 

Where to Stay:

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15. Bend

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Bend, Oregon, is a fun getaway for families, couples, or singles. The city itself has more than 20 breweries, a burgeoning downtown area, and a constant influx of young people and families moving to town.

In the summer, you can float the Deschutes River right through the Old Mill District, you can golf at one of the dozens of resorts in and around the city, and you can find hundreds of hikes within an hour of downtown Bend (and even a few within city limits).

One of those hikes is a short 1.5-mile walk into the Tamolitch Blue Pool, a bright blue lake right off the McKenzie Highway. There are longer hikes, including one to the top of the South Sister mountain and a hike up Smith Rock, a rock formation formed by a volcano millions of years ago.

In the winter, there are plenty of opportunities to ski in the Bend area for a fun Pacific Northwest family vacation. Mount Bachelor is the main area ski resort, and people from all over the world visit Bend to ski in Central Oregon.

There are plenty of opportunities for families to ski, whether it’s been a lifelong hobby or you are brand new to it. For the more experienced, you can also ski South Sister as well. 

Bend is also home to the last Blockbuster on earth! Ten years ago, Bend was a small Central Oregon town. But now, it’s considered a growing city and a great vacation spot.

Where to Stay:

  • This home with a hot tub is great for large families, as it sleeps up to 10 people. (rates start at $195 per night)
  • You can also stay at this one-bedroom condo that’s a close walk to Sunriver Village. (rates start at $95 per night)

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16. Arch Cape

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When you need a Pacific Northwest family vacation idea, check out Arch Cape. One of my favorite stops was spending a couple of days here, where we rented a house right on the beach. This is the perfect weekend getaway from Seattle.

Arch Cape is a quiet beach town located just 10 minutes south of the more popular seaside town, Cannon Beach.  We decided to rent a beach house to take advantage of the Pacific Ocean views and made sure to walk along the beach in the mornings and late afternoons, as well as sit on the back deck to watch the sunset. 

Hug Point State Park is just a couple of minutes away and provides families with short hiking trails along the coastline, ocean cliff views, and caves right on the beach. 

Since Arch Cape is located only 10 minutes away from Cannon Beach, families will enjoy visiting during low tide to walk to Haystack Rock or stroll the downtown area, which is home to some delicious food and local shops.

Just 45 minutes away is the Tillamook Creamery, which is home to a cheese factory that can be toured for free. In addition to touring the factory, families will sample loads of cheese options and can choose to eat breakfast, lunch, or some fresh Tillamook ice cream. Arch Cape makes a perfect home base for your Oregon explorations or as a stop on a Pacific Northwest Road Trip. 

Where to Stay:

  • This oceanfront home is only 200 feet from the beach and tidepools and has a beautiful view. (rates start at $235 per night)
  • Larger families will love this three-bedroom house that has stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and sleeps 10. (rates start at $268 per night)

Contributed by Margie of DQ Family Travel

17. Eugene

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If you’re looking for a Pacific Northwest family destination, Eugene, Oregon, is an excellent choice! Just a two-hour drive south of Portland, this town is popular for outdoor adventures, interesting downtown activities, and lots of good food! This is perfect for a Portland day trip or a long weekend of adventures on a weekend getaway from Portland.

Use the city as your home base for several Eugene day trip options from the Cascades mountains all the way to the coast! Just a short day’s drive in either direction will bring you the Oregon sand dunes, historic lighthouses, covered bridges, and amazing waterfall hikes.

If you want to stay close to town, consider taking the Ridgeline Trail Loop from Fox Hollow to Mount Baldy or Skinner Butte Park just north of downtown. If you love the hustle and bustle of the city, consider taking a walking tour of the still-growing 20x21EUG Mural Project, an initiative to commission unique artwork around the city! You’ll love visiting during summertime in Portland when the weather is warm.

Pick up a free map and find your favorite new piece of art! For hungry families, come visit 5th Public Street Market for lots of choices. They’ve got everything from burgers to ramen and even pastries and coffee at the Provisions Market Hall

No matter the choice of trail, mural, or meal, Eugene is an excellent destination for Pacific Northwest families for a fun and easy weekend away!

See everything you need to know about Portland vs. Seattle to decide where to go next.

Where to Stay:

Contributed by Emily of The Mandagies

Pacific Northwest Getaways in British Columbia

I have always loved exploring Canada, and it’s great for families of all ages. There are many advantages of visiting – beautiful landscape, sometimes cheaper shopping depending on the dollar, and of course, Tim Hortons (my kids’ favorite!). Here are some cities and resorts in British Columbia to explore for a family vacation in Canada that you can reach from a Seattle to Vancouver road trip.

18. Parksville

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Parksville, BC, may not be as well-known as Victoria (think Butchart Gardens, where I often take a Victoria, BC day trip from Seattle) or Vancouver (think mainland Canada), but it’s a hidden gem that needs to be on your Pacific Northwest family vacation itinerary. You can take a fun road trip to Vancouver Island along the way.

I’m talking about Parksville Beach. The view from our balcony was spectacular at all times of day, including low tide, high tide, and sunset beauty. Experiencing the sand, tide pools, and water firsthand, however, is yet another experience.

Your family, like ours, can have hours of fun just walking around and exploring the vast flat sandy beach.

Beyond Parksville Beach and The Beach Club Resort are more natural (and man-made) wonders that families will enjoy. Provincial parks (like U.S. state parks) are just a short drive away and offer old forest, easy hiking, and rushing rivers and waterfalls. Goats on Roof Old Country Market offers goats on the roof and a country market…yes, seriously, check it out!

When your family gets hungry, try Serious Coffee for breakfast, Old Country Market for lunch, and local grocery stores for Canadian favorites, and a picnic dinner on the beach or on your hotel room balcony.

Another Canadian classic you have to try is poutine, which you won’t regret. And, before you leave Canada, make sure to stop by a Tim Hortons for a treat!

Where to Stay:

Contributed by Nicolette of Semi-Budget Travel

19. Coquitlam

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Welcome to one of the Lower Mainland’s best getaways: Coquitlam, British Columbia. This beautiful metropolis is a fun urban getaway 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver (and I recommend spending 3 days in Vancouver).

I grew up in the area, and it was a fun place to be a kid. It’s always great to revisit your roots and explore new stopping points.

Coquitlam offers something for everyone and truly lives up to its slogan: Fun is our nature. All types of travelers have endless options to explore. 

The Town Centre Park is the hub for all things exciting and adventurous.  A popular spot with both tourists and locals: one can spend hours enjoying a nature walk, bike ride or an outdoor concert in the summer.

The city is family-friendly and appeals to all ages. Not to be overlooked is the fantastic food scene and options for shopping. Coquitlam Centre is a fashionista’s paradise with over 200 stores: shop ‘til you drop!

This is the perfect weekend trip if you are a neighbor to the south in Seattle.  Eat the tastiest pizza ever at La Ruota and grab a cuppa jo at C Market Coffee. You are now set to enjoy an epic Vancouver weekend getaway, whether you visit Vancouver in the winter or spring in Vancouver.

Where to Stay:

Contributed by Valerie of Maple Leopard

20. Sparkling Hill Resort

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When we think of family vacations, we often relate to Disneyland or even cruises. However, a luxurious spa getaway also makes for the perfect family trip – especially with Mom or with sisters.

Located in British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan Region, Sparkling Hill Resort is a 4-star wellness resort known for its extravagant Swarovski crystal displays.

From in-room soaker tubs to relaxing KurSpa treatments, you are sure to feel rejuvenated after a stay here. Now whether it is mountain views or Okanagan Lake views, each room is equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow you to marvel at the spectacle of Mother Nature.

More importantly, the resort is pet-friendly as well. Every member of the family can join in on the fun, and no furry friends will be left behind.

Tips: Don’t forget to try the seven different themed steam rooms and saunas + four nature-themed experience showers! If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, book the Cryo Cold Treatment.

This is a treatment in which you enter a  -110 °C chamber, and the treatment is meant to boost your nervous and circulatory systems.

Where to Stay: Sparkling Hill Resort (rates start at $272 per night; book your room on Booking.com or Hotels.com)

Contributed by Jasmine of My Suitcase Journeys

Whether you want to take a family-friendly vacation in Washington, Oregon, or British Columbia, these 20 Pacific Northwest family vacation ideas will give you plenty to choose from!

3 thoughts on “20 Amazing Pacific Northwest Family Vacation Ideas to Book (2024)

  1. Alicia says:

    Thanks for sharing these great ideas! I just noticed that the MY Rainier Creekside Cabin is only for ages 13 and up. Just a heads up for anyone looking. It caught me by surprise.

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