Pacific Northwest

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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Pacific Northwest Money-Saving Tips

Trail Time

Plan ahead to trek the trails of your choice: Many National parks operate a first-come, first-serve permit system for hiking and camping within their boundaries. Check the Plan Your Visit section of each park site for details.

Rain on Your Parade

Pack your rainwear. From Hoh Rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula to B.C.’s Haida Gwaii archipelago, this is one region where you’re going to want your galoshes, even in summer.

Hot and Cold

Pack warm clothes. Although the Pacific Northwest has a reputation for rainforests, eastern Washington and Oregon are high desert and that means cold nights (temperatures can drop to mid 40s in summer; low 20s in winter).

Dividing Line

If crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada, try to get there as early in the morning as possible to avoid delays. Expect the worst delays on Friday and Sunday nights.

Hail Not

It’s illegal for taxis to pick up passengers in Seattle, so call ahead for your ride.

On the Menu

Celebrating the freshest and most wholesome produce from the region, Pacific Northwest cuisine features boat-fresh seafood, fine beef, artisan cheeses, hazelnuts, raspberries, blackberries, marionberries, and local wines like Pinot Noir and Reisling.

Bite of Oregon

Sink your teeth into fresh produce and mouthwatering entrées, washed down by the Beaver State’s best brews and vintages. Over 100 items are on the menu at this delicious mid-August showcase event.

Festive Seattle

With everything from the famed SEAFAIR, with its races, derbies, and contests, to jazz, blues, and arts events like the International Film Festival, Seattle has more than 60 festivals to keep the city celebrating.

Symphony Splash

Come August, canoes, kayaks, and small boats crowd Victoria’s Inner Harbour and crowds fill the harbor’s walkways, for the annual waterborne classical and pops symphony performance, staged from a barge.

Leave No Footprint

The Pacific Northwest’s major cities and college towns display a definite green tinge. Sustainable architecture and environmental design are buzzwords in Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland, with Portland leading the country in numbers of LEED environmentally certified buildings.

Find Airfare Deals

Southwest and WestJet are budget options when flying into the Pacific Northwest.

Portland Airport Transfers

In Portland, the MAX Light Rail’s redline will take you from Portland International Airport into the heart of downtown in 37 minutes for only $2.

Public Transportation

In downtown Portland, all mass transit – buses, light rail, streetcar, and vintage trolley – is free. In Seattle, all downtown buses are free from 6am to 7pm daily.

Seattle Museums

Check out the Seattle Art Museum’s notable modern and ethnic art collections, including a coffin shaped like a Mercedes Benz (free on the first Thursday of the month).

Free Entertainment in Seattle

Drop into City Hall during lunchtime for free local folk, jazz, and world music performances (most Thursdays).

Seattle Theatre Discounts

For half-price, day-of theater tickets, head to the Ticket/Ticket booth. It’s not a sure bet, but if you have time to stand in line, you might score tickets.

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