4 PNW Road Trips for Your Ultimate Summer Vacation

Nothing says summer quite like packing your bags and hitting the road for a Pacific Northwest adventure with loved ones. Road trips offer a unique opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime and only require the right ride, a great destination, and a cool place to stay.

If you’ve been longing for some road time with your partner, family, or closest friends, you’re in luck. We’ve done the hard part and put together all of the details (including finding the right wheels and where to get your game on) for four unique getaways. Now, all you need to do is call your copilots, pack your bags, and enjoy the drive.

1. Family Road Trip to Pendleton

Pendleton is the perfect road trip for a family looking for an outdoor, ranch-style vacation or a taste of the Old West.

The Ride

family road trip car

Gone are the days of the mini-van snub, and the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a perfect example of why. This vehicle is designed to seat seven. It’s so spacious that the kids won’t have a reason to pick and nag at each other, and if they do start to get snarky, mom can simply turn on the entertainment. The Uconnect Theater features a duel-screen entertainment system that has built-in games and apps or each family member can sync up their own devices for an individualized experience. This tiny home on the road does its part to protect the environment and makes long rides go by fast!

The Court

Stillman Park has all of the amenities a family needs for a fun day both on and off the court. From horseshoe pits to playground equipment to tennis courts and basketball hoops—once there, your family will be set up for a day of play.

Location: 413 SE Byers Ave., Pendleton, OR

More Fun

The Pendleton Round-Up is exciting for the whole family. Once a year, every September, family members young and old have an opportunity to experience a traditional rodeo with bucking broncos, barrel racing, bull riding and more! It’s the perfect excuse to plan a family vacation.

If your road trip is scheduled before or after the rodeo is due in town, don’t despair. Your family can still enjoy an Old West experience when you sign up for a Pendleton Underground Tour. Learn all about the town’s history including the Chinese in Eastern Oregon and their role in building the west. The tour is designed to captivate and entertain both young and old.

Where to Stay

The Red Lion is an all-in-one hotel with a restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After a long day exploring the outdoors, playing at the park and out on the court, your clan will be eager to cool off in the swimming pool before sinking into their pillow top beds. Rooms come with standard amenities including WiFi and television, and they’re pet friendly too.

Location: 304 SE Nye Ave, Pendleton, OR

Where to Eat

Roosters is a locally owned family restaurant that serves up hearty meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that the whole family can enjoy. Try one of their loaded pancake stacks for breakfast or their Cobb Salad for lunch. There are tons of healthy, tasty options that will please the whole tribe.

Location: 1515 Southgate, Pendleton, OR

2. Romantic Rendezvous in Seattle

Get some time away from work and/or the kids and head to the city for an active, artsy, and romantic rendezvous with that special someone in your life. With opportunities to catch live theater and unmatched fine dining establishments, Seattle is the perfect destination for romance.

couple's road trip PNW

The Ride

The 2017 Infinity Q60 Sport is everything you want in a romantic ride. Your date starts the minute you get behind the wheel. The Q60’s elegant exterior and powerful V6 engine combine for an exhilarating ride. The only draw back is that it may have you arguing about who gets to drive first.

The spacious interior has modern accents, and gives both the driver and passenger their own defined space for comfortable long rides, so you can focus on each other. The Q60 also comes with a technology package designed to keep you safe, including lane departure warning and intelligent parking assististance to help you settle in.

The Court

Solstice Park tennis courts Seattle

Solstice Park offers tennis courts and so much more. Before you break out your rackets, you and your partner can enjoy a leisurely hike along a scenic trail that takes you through a veggie patch up to an overlook where you will find a sundial designed for marking the equinox and solstice. There are beautiful stone and earthworks aligned for sunset on the winter and summer solstices as well as the equinoxes, but it is a romantic spot to watch the sunset anytime of the year.

If you are worried about getting on a court, one of the major perks this space offers is the ability to reserve your playtime in advance. Reservations can be made ahead of time over the phone by calling (206) 684-4764 or in person. In between games you can rest on nearby benches while enjoying views of the Sound and the Olympics. Or, bring a picnic lunch and steal a romantic moment together.

Location: 7400 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA

More Fun

Make your way to Seattle Center and the International Fountain where you will witness a giant dome spraying water into the air in blasts set to music. It’s a great place to relax on a blanket in the sun, grab a bite or drink, or get wet and a little wild running between the sprays.

For a sweet evening out, kick off your active gear and get dressed up. The 5th Avenue Theater hosts some of the biggest and best live theater shows to hit the stage. Purchasing tickets ahead of time is advised.

Where to Stay

Located in Downtown Seattle just off of I5, the Crown Plaza Seattle Downtown hotel is a great option if you are looking for a legitimate Seattle experience. Only a seven-minute walk from the Seattle Art Museum and a 1.3 miles from the Space Needle, you can spend a good part of a day seeing sites on foot.

The rooms are comfortable, but sophisticated with breathtaking views of the Seattle skyline. You will love sinking into their Plush Sleep Advantage beds and curling up together to for an end of night movie. For onsite bites, check out Regatta Bar & Grille where you can nosh on pizza and burgers, and grab a happy hour cocktail or two.

Location: 1113 6th Ave, Seattle, WA

Where to Eat

If you want to up the romance, get a reservation at Canlis. It offers stunning views of Lake Union and a four-course meal with a multitude of options to choose from or a preset nine-course meal. Think Salmon, Filet Mignon, and Souffle. This is a dining experience that won’t soon be forgotten.

Location: 2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA

3. Girls Getaway to Medford + Ashland

girls PNW road trip

From wine tasting to tennis, a roadtrip to the Ashland and Medford area has everything the ladies need to let down their hair and have a bit of fun.

The Ride

Speaking of letting hair down, drop the top on the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible and hair will fly! This sweet compact SUV is just what the doctor ordered for women looking to take a break from the daily grind of balancing work duties with mom duties. From the exhilaration of the convertible experience to luxury technologies like climate control and the InControl Touch infotaimnet system with 10” touchscreen, the ride to your destinations is guaranteed to be fun, comfortable, and easy. The kind of experience every girl deserves.

The Court

bear creek park

Located in Medford, Bear Creek Park is home to four tennis courts. Chances are, you and the ladies will be able to get on the court fast. There is an outdoor performing amphitheater, a covered pavilion and several barbecue areas if eating on site before an evening out appeals. The park is also next to Bear Creek Greenway, a paved biking path and walkway.

Location: 1520 Siskiyou Blvd, Medford, OR

More Fun

Ashland is home to a variety of wineries that offer tastings. Check out the Weisinger Family Winery at 3150 Siskiyou Blvd. in Ashland, or visit the Southern Oregon Winery Association online and check out the winery list and map to find your ideal wine tasting experience.

Another option is to book a tour with Wine Hopper Tours (leaves from both Medford and Ashland). They provide guided wine tastings that include tastings, appetizers, lunch, and dessert along with a sober driver.

Where to Stay

Located in Downtown Ashland, the Ashland Springs Hotel offers a boutique experience for travelers who are looking for a unique stay. A downtown landmark, the hotel was built in 1925 and restored to preserve the small European hotel feel. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. The rooms are elegantly appointed and a stay comes with a deluxe continental breakfast, afternoon tea and cookies, Wi-Fi, Frete Linens, and soaker tubs in select rooms. What more could a girl ask for?

Location: 212 E Main St, Ashland, OR

Where to Eat

Every pasta dish you’ve ever loved or longed for is made to perfection at Cucina Biazzi. Capellini, ravioli, rigatoni and more—a well-earned dining experience after a long day on the court. Don’t forget to end your meal with a bite of Tiramisu, after all, chocolate is a woman’s best friend.

Location: 568 E Main St, Ashland, OR

4. Guys Weekend in Spokane

From mountain biking and craft breweries to white water rafting and wineries, Spokane offers everything for the best guys weekend away.

The Ride

guys road trip car

The 2017 GMC Acadia Denali is a bold-looking luxury SUV that puts comfort and confidence first.  With three rows of seating, the Acadia can accommodate up to seven passengers and offers easy access to the third row. If you need room for gear, the fold-flat second and third row seats and the covered under-floor cargo storage ensures plenty of room for luggage and more.

Staying connected is not a problem in the Acadia. This vehicle comes with 4G WI-FI Hotspot and the navigation with Intellilink so you can enjoy great tunes—and best of all— your crew will never have to stop for directions.

The Court

Spokane tennis courts

Sky Prairie Park offers 26.25 acres packed with fun. After your group finishes with the tennis court, you can play ball on the baseball field, skate at the skate park or just kick back and grab a quick bite at the shelter.

Location: 8501 N Nettleton Ct, Spokane, WA

More Fun

Whether you are looking for a whitewater adventure or an afternoon of kayaking, the Spokane River is the perfect place to be. Flow Adventures is just one of the businesses that offers rafting tours and rentals so your group can either go at it alone or get the help of a professional.

Where to Stay

The Davenport Grand, Autograph offers visitors modern rooms and suites designed for comfort and relaxation. The pillow top beds guarantee a good night of sleep after a day on the court and rafting down the river, and the 55-inch flat-panel TV means you can catch a game or a show before drifting off. Dining is easy when you stay at the Davenport, with three onsite restaurants and a whiskey bar, you have access to everything you could possibly need.

Location: 333 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA

 Where to Eat

If you do decide to wander out for a bite to eat, stop by Iron Goat Brewing for amazing craft beer and great bites. This brewery offers up sandwiches and bowls made for big appetites as well as a great selection of pizza (we suggest you try the spicy bahn mi).

Location: 1302 W 2nd Ave, Spokane, WA

 

Before you head out on your road trip, checkout our RecTennis programs in each destination! Our Friends + Family Tennis and Serve Rally Play programs are perfect for families, couples and groups of friends.