7 of the Top Family-Friendly Destinations in the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is packed full of fun activities for the whole family, including ferry rides, children’s museums, food tours, and staying in a Bavarian-styled village. Though most known for its outdoor recreation, the Pacific Northwest is also home to some amazing cities and towns that offer world-class cultural activities as well as opportunities to get outside. We at ROAMERICA have put together a list of some of the most family-friendly destinations in the Pacific Northwest and cities so that you and your family can enjoy both the city and the wilderness on your next trip to the West Coast.

1. Spokane, Washington

Located near the border with Idaho in eastern Washington State, Spokane is the state’s second largest city, only behind Seattle. Within the city there are plenty of family activities. You can visit Riverfront Park, where you’ll find many events throughout the year.

Other fun activities include the Mobius Science Center, the Mobius Children’s Museum, and the Cat Tales Zoological Park.

2. Whistler-Blackcomb, British Columbia

This popular resort town is located just under two hours north of Vancouver, British Columbia. You will, of course, find world class alpine skiing and snowboarding recreation here, but there is actually a lot more to do, whether you’re interested in skiing or not. There are options for tubing, family après at the Olympic Plaza, a Ziptrek tour, and much more.

Also, the resort is also open for summer activities, so the fun never really stops around here!

3. Pacific Northwest Coast

There are countless villages, and towns, and cities you can visit along the Pacific coastline, but two we’d recommend are Seaside, OR and La Push, WA.

Seaside is known for its picturesque beaches and resort-town charm. Here, there are plenty of worthwhile activities, like whale watching, feeding the seals, hiking, cycling, and more.

La Push is for beach goers and avid fans of the movie, Twilight. Home to the Quileute Tribe and the Quileute Oceanside Resort, it’s a place of tranquility where you can go whale watching, camping, and/or hiking.

4. Portland, Oregon

Oregon’s most populous city is also one of its most family-friendly. Here, you’ll find activities for all ages, like the Portland Children’s Museum, the Oregon Zoo, and the Portland Saturday Market.

Portland Oregon ZooNear to Portland you’ll find plenty of outdoor activities in places like the Columbia River Gorge and the Mt. Hood National Forest.

5. Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth, Washington is one of those places you have to see to believe. A Bavarian-style village in the middle of Washington sounds like the stuff of fairytales, but believe me, it’s real.

Once you’re done marveling at the Bavarian architecture and clothing, get your family exploring the outdoors with the different seasonal activities like dog sledding, sleigh rides, horseback riding, camping, and rafting.

6. San Juan Islands, Washington

If you like playing on the water, then you’ll love spending some time in the San Juan Islands, located between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. The only ways to get here are by ferry or plane, so you’re in for a sightseeing treat before you even arrive!

Once you arrive, the choice is yours between all of the available family activities. Hiking, ziplining, and kayaking are a few on the list.

7. Seattle, Washington

Washington’s largest city is one of the best family-friendly destinations in the Pacific Northwest. You can visit places like the Seattle Children’s Museum, the Museum of Flight, the Woodland Park Zoo, and the Seattle Aquarium.

Unique activities like walking tours or attending a festival could make your family visit especially memorable.

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