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Amazing Pacific Northwest Road Trip Destinations for Families

Pack the kids and hit the road for these 5 iconic family road trip destinations around the Northwest

Published on: August 26, 2023

Amazing Pacific Northwest Road Trip Destinations for Families

the beach at Lincoln City, Oregon, a popular Pacific Northwest road trip destination for Seattle families
A tree grows on a intertidal rock in Siletz Bay in Lincoln City, Oregon.

Lincoln City, Oregon

Lincoln City is a showpiece of the amazing Central Oregon coast located approximately five hours’ drive from Seattle. Stay just off the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway at the Salishan Coastal Lodge. Go beachcombing, explore tide pools with Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, go crabbing, go clamming for purple Vanish clams on the mudflats of Siletz Bay and search coastal forests for birds with the Lincoln City Audubon Society. “Exploriences” are a series of free, hands-on learning events led by local experts. Complete five “exploriences” and become a member of the Explorers Club.

In addition to perfecting your sandcastle-building skills and searching for seashells, try your hand at a new artistic endeavor with a glass-making class with Lincoln City Glass. Explore the endless possibilities with glass and take home your one-of-a-kind creation. Throughout the year the “float fairies” place glass floats all over Lincoln City beaches for visitors to find and keep. Now that would be an awesome souvenir for your kids to take home!

From seven miles of walkable beach to famous seasonal kite festivals and fresh-catch feasts, there is something to capture the imagination and interest of all ages in Lincoln City.

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