A Spring Break that won't "break" your bank account.

Spring Break Ideas

A Spring Break that won’t “break” your bank account!

By Linda Duffy, Pacific Parent Association Director of Events       

I live and work in an incredibly beautiful area of the United States. There are thousands of places to visit and explore. If you and /or your student plan to be in Oregon over Spring break and you don’t want to spend a lot of money, here are a few suggestions.  These day trips are easily accessible by car but some are also accessible by bus and MAX:

A little further away:

     *      Columbia River Maritime Museum is open year round.

         Astoria Column, where you can climb the 164 stairs of the spiral staircase and take in the view of the Coast Range, the mouth of the mighty Columbia River and southwest shore line of Washington State.

 You can go to www.crgva.org/ for more information on activities in the Columbia River Gorge.

      *  Take in an eye-to-eye view of Salmon swimming up the Columbia River at the Bonneville Dam Fish Ladder and the tour of the Corp of Engineers gigantic power house room with the turbine generators.  You can feel the ground shaking! It is awesome!

      *  Stop by beautiful Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington (State Route 14) after a long hike up Beacon Rock or keep driving just a bit further to Horse Thief State Park on the Washington side across from The Dalles, OR and see ancient Native American Rock Art and Petro glyphs. If you like rock climbing then Horse Thief Butte a bit further up the road is just the spot.

 If you want to stay closer to the Forest Grove area there is the Rainbow Lanes Bowling Center, Forest Grove Aquatic Center, movie theaters in Forest Grove and Cornelius; or dinner and a movie at McMenamins Grand Lodge.

I hope these few ideas will give you an enjoyable Spring Break. And, remember… don’t forget your camera!

Posted by Angela Surratt (asurratt@pacificu.edu) on Mar 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

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