Travel

A Guide to Pandemic Travel

From coastal trailers to secluded forest retreats, here are ways to get out with social distance in mind.

01/12/2021 Edited by Margaret Seiler

Extreme Road Trip

Pandemic Travel: A 5,000-Mile Moving-Bubble Road Trip through 10 States

And I would drive 5,000 miles, and I would drive 5,000 more, just to be the kid who drives 5,000 miles to ... pee in her mom’s backyard.

01/08/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Glamping

4 Great Options for Trailers, Yurts, and Cabins at the Coast

Yurts and cabins in some coastal state parks reopen in January, with a 30-day reservation window.

01/02/2021 By Eden Dawn, Marty Patail, and Margaret Seiler

Winter Adventures

Why Not Try Luge at Loup Loup?

You may not be an Olympic athlete, you say? Well, this isn't the Olympic kind of luge.

12/31/2020 By Riley Blake

Winter Adventures

How to Snow Camp like a Champ

Remember the four W’s: a wall tent, a woodstove, some wool duds, and whiskey.

12/22/2020 By Dan Engler

Rocky Mountain High

Pandemic Travel: Montana’s Glacier National Park, as Packed as Ever

In Big Sky Country, things are more social than distanced.

12/15/2020 By Jason Notte

Travel & Outdoors

Your Next Favorite Winter Activity Awaits

You’ve skied. You’ve skated. May we entice you with something new?

12/14/2020 By Margaret Seiler, Julia Silverman, and Riley Blake

Winter Adventures

Enjoy the Calm of Ice Fishing in the Northwest

All you need is an auger, a short rod and reel, lures, and a bucket to sit on.

12/12/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Travel & Outdoors

Skate Outside in Central and Southern Oregon

The classic winter activity is just a few hours away.

12/09/2020 By Sarah Hutchins

Feature

This Year, Try Not to Be a Grim Winter Headline

Don’t make 2020 worse by becoming one of the sad stories people tell on their way up to the mountain.

12/08/2020 By Morgan Westling

Coastal Escape

Pandemic Travel: A Dreamy Weekend in Astoria

Sea lions, coffee, fish and chips, and a huge bathtub make a trip feel almost normal.

12/08/2020 By Jordan Michelman

Travel & Outdoors

Multimountain Passes Let You Sample Regional Ski Areas for One (Still Not That Low) Fee

We look at some of the multiresort options.

12/04/2020 By Julia Silverman

Light a Fire

At Portland Audubon, There’s Wildlife Rescue, Nature Education, and Environmental Advocacy for All

At our “Caring for the Planet” award winner, it’s always baby bird season.

12/02/2020 By Julia Silverman

Riding the Rails

Pandemic Travel: A Cross-Country Train Trip from Portland

Taking a ride on Amtrak’s Empire Builder … at the end of empire

12/01/2020 By Steffen Silvis

Field Notes

Need a Snowy Change of Scene? Head Up to Bennett Pass

A high-elevation sno-park offers an early-season escape from the city.

11/28/2020 By Julia Silverman

Shopping

Sno-Parks, State Parks & Beyond: Give the Gift of Wilderness Parking Passes

“Honey, I got you a present at the DMV.”

11/25/2020 By Margaret Seiler and Wriik Maui

Up in the Air

Pandemic Travel: Navigating Plane Trips, One Sanitizing Wipe at a Time

Plan A was a cruise, so flying to Vegas felt like a safer Plan B. But Vegas is not built for our current reality.

11/24/2020 By Ainslee Dicken

Road Trip

Pandemic Travel: Time Warp in the Columbia River Gorge

A mere treat in normal times, a Hood River weekend getaway offers some needed relief in 2020.

11/17/2020 By Jessi Bunch

Camping

Hoping to Camp in Oregon State Parks This Summer? You Can’t Book Quite Yet

After COVID cancellations and closures, the state park system is persevering for next year—but needs some time to heal.

10/15/2020 By Ainslee Dicken