If you’re planning a long-term vacation on the West Coast, or are relocating for the summer, you’ll want to know about some of the outstanding sights to see. There are literally hundreds of contenders – places that command attention, locations that are breathtaking, and sights that are nothing short of extraordinary. To get the most out of your stay on the West Coast, it will help to plan your trip ahead of time. For this task, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 sights to see on the West Coast this summer, including the websites that will help you with your planning:
- Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, is a storied, hilltop mansion that is open for tours, and is a popular place to go back in time as visitors experience dramatic architecture, stunning décor and more. On 127 acres of fountains, pools, terraced gardens and lush grounds, the castle is open daily at 9:00 a.m. each day.
- Balboa Park in San Diego, CA, is a 1400-acre site that has several museums, gardens, beautiful landscaping, historical buildings, and more. The architecture is of the Spanish-Mexican style, and you’ll enjoy the Museum of Man, the Botanical Gardens and lily pond, the San Diego Zoo, and much more.
- Mount Rainier National Park is home to Mt. Rainier, ascending 14,410 feet above sea level. With wildflower meadows, ancient forests and plenty of wildlife abound on the lower slopes, there is no lack of dramatic, natural wonder here. The park is located in Ashford, Washington, near Tacoma, Olympia, and Seattle.
- Emerald Bay State Park, located in the Lake Tahoe, California area, is a sight not to be missed on a tour of the West Coast! With plenty of natural wonders, camping, boating, swimming, museums, geocaching, scuba diving, fishing, and much more, you’ll want to reserve at least two days for this park.
- The Gaslamp Quarter National Historic District is a unique area that has been restored to its 19th-century splendor. It’s a trendy area full of restaurants, galleries and shops, and runs from Broadway to San Diego Bay. The Gaslamp Quarter is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Washington Park in Portland, Oregon, is another stop that you should consider. The park contains museums, a zoo, the Portland Japanese Garden, the International Rose Test Garden, and the Hoyt Arboretum. The land was purchased by the city in 1871, and is located to the west of the center of Portland. You’ll want to reserve one full day for Washington Park!
- Pike Place Market is a public market center that includes farmers markets, crafts, specialty foods, and more. In fact, there are more than a dozen restaurants at the market, featuring fresh ingredients from local vendors. Don’t miss the fish tossing at the Fish Market! Established in 1907, the market is located in Seattle, Washington.
- Point Loma and Cabrillo National Monument near San Diego, is the location where Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first landed on the West Coast in 1542. You can learn the story of his journey through exhibits and displays, and visit the large statue dedicated to him. Be sure to also visit the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, which was built in 1858.
- A great national historic site on the border of Washington State is Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a reconstructed fort and visitor center. The Pearson Air Museum is located here, as are many gorgeous historic homes that make up Officers Row. Hudson’s Bay Company established Fort Vancouver as a fur trading post, and today it is open to visitors from all over the globe.
- Pebble Beach Drive, also known as 17-Mile Drive, is a scenic loop that runs along the Monterey Peninsula in California. Lining the drive are famous golf courses, Bird Rock, stunning mansions, the Lone Cypress, and the Del Monte Forest. The road serves as the main road through Pebble Beach, so be aware that non-residents must pay a toll to use the road.
With hundreds of other options for your travels this summer, you’ll want to be sure to look into fully furnished apartments and short term housing for your accommodations as alternatives to the standard hotel stay. For more information on how corporate housing in San Diego, Portland, and other cities can be an advantage for your vacations, you can contact us at U.S. Suites! Happy Travels!
Portland may have a reputation as a haven for the progressive adults among us, but there are plenty of places for family fun. Whether you and your family are staying for a while in corporate housing in Portland, or you’re visiting the City of Roses for a day trip, these spots will keep the kids happy – and the adults looking to extend their stay.
Parks and Gardens
The International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park should be one of your first stops for a relaxing and beautiful day out with the kids. Since 1919, the garden has been a “testing ground” of new rose varieties. Pack a picnic lunch and a blanket, then walk along the garden paths amid hundreds of types of flowers. It’s hard to take a bad photograph anywhere in the garden, so it’s a great place to go when you want to add to the family photo album.
Portland also has many beautiful parks and playgrounds. One of those parks is on Mount Tabor – an extinct volcano. During construction of the Mt. Tabor Park in 1912, workers discovered volcanic cinders which were later used in making the park’s roads. Are you living in Portland due to a long-term business project? Mount Tabor is a great place to explore. The park features picnic areas, play areas, a basketball court, dog park, horseshoe pit, walking paths – paved and unpaved – a picnic shelter, a performance stage, tennis courts, volleyball court, and wedding site.
No matter how long you’re staying in one of the many furnished apartments Portland has to offer, there is something for everyone to explore. Portland has a unique culture that befits the slogan “Keep Portland Weird” but, there’s also another side to Portland – it is full of museums dedicated to art, history, and spreading artistic culture. Here are some of our favorites:
- Portland Children’s Museum. The Portland Children’s Museum caters specifically to children with exhibits and studio opportunities for youths to get their hands dirty. Popular exhibits include the Baby’s Garden – a multi-sensory space for young children from birth to three years of age; the Twilight Trail allows children to experiment with light and shadows, while the zany maze is an outdoor exhibit full of hedges that allow children to feel safely hidden as they explore the little garden. The Portland Children’s Museum is located at 4015 SW Canyon Road in Portland.
- Oregon Rail Heritage Center. Train enthusiasts will be enthralled with the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. From railway cars dating back to the 1870s to light rail train cars like the city’s Max line, the Oregon Rail Heritage Center features three locomotives – the Southern Pacific 4449 the Portland and Seattle 700 and the Oregon Railway and Navigation 197, all of which were donated to the city of Portland in 1957. The ORHC is located at 2250 SE Water Ave., in Portland.
Portland’s Best Parks
If you’re new to Portland and looking for a park to relax in when you’re not working, you’re in luck. Oregon’s largest city is home to more than 70 different parks and you’ll have lots to explore. We’ve compiled a list of the five best parks in Portland (in no particular order) —and we think there’s something on the list for everyone.
1. Lovejoy Fountain Park
At SW Third and Harrison in downtown Portland, this might be the smallest park on the list – Lovejoy Fountain Park is just .75 acres. This park was completed in 1966, and features a copper-clad pavilion in addition to a fountain that draws many visitors, especially during the city’s warmer months.
2. Laurelhurst Park
In the Laurelhurst neighborhood, there’s a 26.81 acre park that was called the “most beautiful park on the west coast” by the Pacific Coast Parks Association in 1911. Visitors who wish to be active can choose from horseshoes, basketball, volleyball or soccer. There’s also a picnic site and an off-leash area to let your dog run.
Our series for intern relocation continues with more great information on things to do and places to see during your relocation to Portland, OR. We hope you enjoy your stay!
Portland, Oregon has a little bit of everything for anyone looking to get away. Unique art, music, and food scenes distinguish this Northwest adventure from any other city in America, while trips to the ocean and mountain views make Portland a must see travel destination across the world. The following are just a few reasons why Portland should be your next stop across the continental US.
- Bikes Rule. Portland is a pedal powered city. Almost every street is equipped with a bike lane, which has supported a thriving cyclist community. Bikes are available to rent at Portland Bike Tours.
- Food A La Carte. Portland is littered with food trucks, each serving up their own brand of culinary magic. One walk down the street and you can experience a world of cuisines from deep fried chimichangas to classic Italian spaghetti.
Relocating to Portland? Or are you helping with the process of relocating a group of interns to Portland, Oregon? At US Suites we’re launching a series focused on intern relocation and all the great places available for them to visit while they’re visiting Portland during their internship.
Between San Diego and Portland, the West Coast has established itself as one of the best places for craft brews. Whether you’re a local, staying in one of our furnished apartments, or just spending the day in town, a cool drink is much more than a beverage when in Portland. Here are a few of our favorite places to grab a brew, relax with friends, and enjoy the art of craft beers.
Nearly 21 years old itself, this Portland fixture carries over 1,200 beers to suit your every need. Pick up goodies for your night with friends or grab some cold ones at the Beircafe. There is always something new going on at Belmont Station, so be sure to check their site for the latest news.
Portland is a beautiful and vibrant city that has grown immensely in popularity over the years. Despite its reputation as a friendly city however, the decision to relocate to Portland is a daunting one that will require adapting to a completely new location. To help with this transition, here are some tips on how to make your move to Portland, Oregon an enjoyable one.
Pick Your Apartment’s Location Carefully
The location of your apartment is perhaps the most important factor in how you will enjoy your time in Portland. Whether you have an executive rental or a furnished apartment, your apartment’s location can determine where you play, meet new friends, and more. Once you have decided on a neighborhood that is when you can decide on the right house for you.
Embrace Alternative Forms of Transportation
Instead of driving, many Portland residents prefer to bike or take public transportation. Portland’s public transportation system has been consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation, and the growing biking community is going stronger than ever. If you must use your car, be sure to be patient out on the roads, prepare to drive in rainy conditions, and keep an eye out for bikers.
The best way to start making Portland feel like home is to start engaging in some of the many different scenes Portland has to offer. Just about everything has its home in Portland: music, local beer, barista-approved coffee spots, a burgeoning culinary community, food trucks, art festivals, devoted soccer fans, and plenty of outdoor activities.