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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 10, 2016
Amber Spiders in Oregon Forests  (6 Answers)

Are amber spiders in Oregon poisonous? How dangerous are they? Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 23, 2016
Help!! I5 or hwy 97??  (5 Answers)

Hello! I do not have alot of experience driving through mountain areas and will be travelling along with my elderly mother and 2 dogs from San Diego to Seattle in May. Originally, i was going to take the I5 all the way to make good time but i am a little worried about Siskiyou Summit. Can anyone give me advice?? Is hwy 97 twisty, turny with steep hills?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 24, 2016
Crater Lake in April  (3 Answers)

We have a road trip planned for April, and we'll be going through Washington, Oregon and down to see family in San Diego. I'd like to visit Crater Lake, but we'd arrive there around the first week of April. Based on what I've read the roads may not always be open to view Crater Lake at that time of year. Has anyone visited Crater Lake in early spring? Any advice? Should we just skip it?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2015
Oregon Coast from Napa  (16 Answers)

How do I get to the Oregon coast from Napa, CA? I am driving up to Washington.

I have a GPS, but last time I tried to use it, it took me along unmarked roads that ended after 18 miles in a huge impassable snow drift and I had to turn around and go back to the I-5.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2015
Cowboy experience  (15 Answers)


I hope someone can help me. My husband has always wanted to do a Cowboy experience. I think he means a short horse ride (he has never ridden a horse), camp fires, ranch to stay in overnight, etc, etc. Years ago, he used to play "The Oregon Trail" on our very 1st home PC and whilst that game may not be the best recommendation, he has it in his head that Oregon is the best place to do this.

As we are in the UK and he has a very special birthday next year, I thought I would save up my pennies and surprise him with this as a gift. I think they are called Dude Ranches?

Anyway, I don't know where to start really. I very little knowledge of the Oregon region but thought that as we are travelling so far, it would be nice to incorporate this experience with a fly/drive holiday of the area.

So I guess I am looking for suggestions of sight seeing. i.e. mountains, parks etc to visit and also recommendations of a Dude Ranch. One that can cater for non-experienced riders.

I am thinking of a 14 night holiday, touring.

Thank you so much in advance for any help and suggestions!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 26, 2015
Base camp Walla Walla vs Joseph OR  (1 Answer)

Hi we are traveling from Puget Sound area. Want to take in wineries, art and hike. Should we simply divide our stay 2 nights each or is one location more desirable
Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 17, 2015
One more question : bridge at Longview to Oregon  (9 Answers)

I want to confirm that this bridge is currently closed for construction and what the alternative is. I really do not want to drive over the very long scary bridge at Astoria.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 17, 2015
Good hiking trail at Mount Hood  (5 Answers)

We don't want to hike all the way up Mount Hood ( we have no equipment, a dog that hasn't hiked at those elevations and not enough time) but would like to do some hiking there. Any suggestions? We are all in decent shape and do hike up mountains so we are not looking for a paved half mile trail
Also, it appears you can hike anywhere in that area with a dog, is that correct?

Oh yeah, we will be there in July

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 09, 2015
Craft beer  (6 Answers)

Where can I find the best craft beer in Portland?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2014
Driving through Oregon  (8 Answers)

I will be driving from Seattle to California. We have 6.5 days for the whole trip. I will appreciate any advice on the Oregon part of the journey - what road to take, what to see, where to stay.
We will have camping gear with us but can stay in hotels, if needed.

I have never been in that area, so I will appreciate any advice.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 09, 2014
road trip from California to Eguene OR  (6 Answers)

traveing to eugen or in July, any suggestions on "must see" sights

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 29, 2014
What happened to the cabin on the Williamson River?  (5 Answers)

I used to live in this cabin as a child, from age 3 to 7 years old. I had seen a photograph of one of the pine trees when it fell on the roof of the cabin. I was told that the cabin became a historical landmark. Is this true? If so, has the cabin been restored? and is it possible to view any more recent photos of this cabin and where?
My parents were renters in the early 70's and I believe the property owner's last name at that time was "Love".I appreciate any and all responses to my inquirry.

Ursula Barnes
Ursula Barnes

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2014
Good spot along the Columbia river  (5 Answers)

Planning a trip to multiple family gatherings in June/July of 2014. Will fly into Missoula, Montana, rent a car and spend 4-5 days with family north of there on Seeley Lake. Will then drive to Maupin, Oregon, SE of Portland on the Deschutes River. Am looking for advice for a place to stay and rest up along the way. Wife and I really need some downtime between family gatherings. Am wondering about a nice hotel/lodge somewhere along the Columbia River perhaps to spend 2 nights and a full day. Historical or relaxing or both.
Any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 10, 2013
Good Place to Stay near Mt. Hood  (3 Answers)

My wife and I are going to do a road trip around Oregon in September for our anniversary and are looking for suggestions of nice places to stay in the Mount Hood area. We won't be bringing camping gear, so looking for a nice little hotel or B&B in the area with good views and opportunities for hiking and nature.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 12, 2012
10 days in Oregon  (16 Answers)

We would like to spend 10 days touring Oregon by car. We will fly from FL. to a central city (perhaps Portland) although this is not definite Please tell us what not to miss in Oregon.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 25, 2012
Need help for 5 nights in Oregon  (6 Answers)

My boyfriend and I are coming to Oregon for 5 nights in mid August. We've been to Portland a few times. We are stay one night in city for a client dinner. Then we want to head out the next afternoon to the Coast or maybe Crater Lake. It's become a daunting task trying to figure out where to go. We want scenic drive/s and I was thinking we would do the coast but it looks like we need to narrow down where because it's just too big. I have read to go to Astoria, Cannon Beach, Cape Perpetua, Gold Beach. We want to see the beauty of the coast, check out cool small towns that are not touristy, love a great hotel with a view, local restaurants. We are active - hike, run, swim (although, heard it's too cold in pacific). Need help. What are the most scenic towns? We dont mind driving between them - just dont want to drive 3 hours a day.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2012
Hotels in Portland  (8 Answers)

which of the following has a better/more central location? The Eastside lodge, Days inn (North Whitaker)),Kennedy school or The La Quinta (NW Yeon)?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 06, 2012
Waterfalls  (4 Answers)

My husband and I are going to Silver Falls State Park at the end of May and will work our way to Umpqua National Forest. Then to Roseburg area and Medford area. I need advice with scenic route info and hotel choices in those areas. Thanks you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 28, 2012
standing at the station  (5 Answers)

We are planning to travel by Amtrak from Vancouver, BC to Eugene, but we really want to get to Ashland to visit family. Can you tell us how to get from the Amtrak station in Eugene to Ashland, please!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2012
Waterfall photography Tours  (2 Answers)

Can I visit Silver Falls and Ramona Falls in 1 day? I'm trying to research visiting these 2 waterfall areas to snap a few quick photos and get it all done in 1 day. I am also looking for a tour company that would handle both areas in particular (and maybe even Multnomah Falls too) for a reasonable sum for 1-2 people. I've already looked at Eco tours of Oregon and they can offer a private tour for around750/9 hours (!!! and not sure if they handle all 3 waterfalls) but wondering if there were other possibilities for someone who doesn't drive.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 26, 2012
Bachelor/Stag in Summer. Need ideas  (9 Answers)

I've been handed the delightful task as best man and thought of hosting it in Oregon for a weekend getaway in June. I've heard of the Dune Buggy's so that's a good start. We are a group of +_ 10 mature males, ranging 30-39 and enjoy the outdoors. Could you recommend some fun activities to do (No strippers)? We may do it as a group or I may give them options and they can split up in groups.

I'm looking for good restaurants, non-franchised, Oregon touch to it (chowder maybe) for lunches and dinner we don't mind good steaks.
We'll most likely do a club night too. Are there any major events, concerts that are going on in June thatI can plan this around?

Thanks for your time and help. Best Man

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 15, 2012
Driving from Seattle to San Fransisco  (12 Answers)

We are flying into Seattle and then driving down to San Fransisco, and we have a week (this probably in May 2012). Any must stop-overs/great local places to eat/cool inexpensive places to stay?
Especially some hot springs not too far from the coast?
Thanx in advance------

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 30, 2011
Going to the doctors.  (9 Answers)


I'm going to be in Oregon in a few days and need to go to the doctors to have a check up on my leg (I stacked my bike on the Death Road in La Paz, but am still having some pain in my leg). As a tourist, does anyone know what I need to take with me to see a doctor - just my passport - or do I need my travel insurance papers as well? Or does anyone know a website to direct me to that might have the information.

And can anyone recommend a general doctor's office for me to go to - in Portland or Eugene?

Thank you for any help!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 14, 2011
Bicycle Oregon Coast

I will be bicycling the Oregon coast through the Redwood forest in early Sept. and I have searched VT for guides on this activity but the results seem to be focus on driving or visiting.

If anyone else will be touring the coast via bicycle, let me know.

I have found plenty of information via the web but would welcome feedback on the following:

1) General comments and recommendation for the tour (I will be camping).

2) Getting from PDX to Coast. I get in late into Portland and will most likely have to spend the night and travel via train and bus to the coast. Any recommendations on where to stay and best transportation to the coast with a bicycle?

3) Any "must dos" or "must stops"?

4) Best places to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner

5) Best camp sites

6) Best places for a beer

7) Any information on the airport in Arcata, CA, and getting there

8) What and where to avoid

9) Must take/bring

Thanks for the help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2011
Driving from San Francisco to Portland, Oregon in early October 2011  (11 Answers)


I will be driving from San Francisco to Portland Oregon on October 7th-8th.
My questions are:

1) How are the driving conditions on the I5? October will be during winter...I will for sure bring some chains. What else should I know?
2) I hear the breweries in Portland are the best! Any ones I should stop by?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 05, 2011
Fall Foilage  (8 Answers)

I want to see some pretty fall leaves this year without having to drive all the way to the midwest (I live in So California).

So, how are the leaves around Portland/Columbia River Gorge area in the fall? Do they change? Or would I have to go further, like maybe the Seattle area or British Columbia?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 01, 2011
Tentative plans for my first Oregon Trip - 11 days.

Thanking everyone in advance for any suggestions as I have been trying to put together a last minute, 11 day "taste of Washington & Oregon" photographic trip.

Thus far these are our plans:

June 16th - MIA - SEA (spend 2 & 1/2 days in Seattle exploring City)
June 19th Seattle - Port Angeles (spend overnight at Port Angeles)

***June 20th - (Open for suggestion as to where to stay. We want to visit Hoh Rainforest & Ruby Beach) - should we stay a 2nd night in Port Angeles or is there a better suggestion?***

June 21st and 22nd - Cannon Beach to photograph sunrises/sunsets and visit Ecola state park.

June 23rd = Bandon by the Sea
June 24th - Crater Lake National Park (but open to suggestions - I can skip)
June 25th - Portland
Junr 26th - Portland - visit Mt. Hood National Park area
June 27th - PDX - MIA

I'm open to suggestions either adding or subtracting.

Thanks all. I'm hoping for some quick answers so I can finalize my mid-trip hotels/stays.

Homer (and Ed)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 10, 2010
North Bend/Twin Peaks visit  (8 Answers)

I would dearly love to visit the primary filming locations of Twin Peaks. Could I please have details of holiday bookings including accommodation for this area?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 10, 2010
What not to miss - driving Oregon and Washington coasts  (6 Answers)

My wife and I will be driving a rental car from Seatac airport on September 20 to Beaverton Oregon. We want to take a scenic route so we will drive south from about Aberdeen WA to about Bay City ORE driving as much as possible along the coast. We will probably spend a night somewhere along the way. We have never driven this route before so know little about it except that it is supposed to be very scenic. Some questions we have are 1. Which of the towns along the way in both states do you recommend as having worthy sights to see and/or things to do? 2. Where are the most scenic sights we should not miss? 3. Any other words of advice you may have. Thank you very much.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 23, 2010
two days and two nights in Portland--Hotels?  (2 Answers)

My husband and I are taking a whirlwind trip--renting a car, two nights and two days in Portland, two nights and two days in Newport. I'm trying to get ideas about where to stay for our two Portland nights. We're on a tight budget. I'd like to keep it at about100/night if at all possible. Can we get a good Portland experience without staying downtown? We don't care a whole lot about the swankiness of the place, but the cleanliness and close proximity to cool stuff to do is important. Suggestions?

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