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Oregon Apple Farms – U Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

Follow us to the countryside during the autumn months for some leaf-peeking, then head to the U-pick farms outside Portland, Oregon where you can pick your own of the season's bounty.  With hours worth of family-fun apple and pumpkin picking, you can enjoy a staycation or long weekend road trip and save money on your food bills for weeks to come. At...

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Apple Picking And Pick Your Own Pumpkins

Whether you're hungry or looking for a cheap staycation, u-pick apple orchards and pumpkin picking  at a local farm are among Fall's best family getaways. Read along as the apple-a-day FTF staff divulges the best places across America to pick your own fruit. As the days begin to shorten and the leaves begin to change, apple picking and pumpkin picking...

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Florence, Oregon – A Sandlot Full Of Dune Buggy Fun

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area in coastal southern Oregon provides active families buckets of fun -- in a unique setting of enormous sand dunes near the town of Florence. No matter how you like your dunebashing, Sandland Adventures is the place to begin any visit to this coastal Oregon town, gateway to the spectacular 32,000-acre...

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Road Trip USA: The Pacific Northwest From Portland To The Olympic Peninsula

With its combination of sophisticated citylife in Seattle and Portland, and the scenic wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula, this road trip satisfies all ages.For families that want the flair of cities combined with the best that nature has to offer, a road trip through the Pacific Northwest is the perfect fit.  Along the main road of Interstate 5 travelers can find the major metropolises...

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Bend, Oregon For High Desert Adventure Vacations

Bend is the focal point in central Oregon for youthful living and active adventures, with sun and snow fun and outdoor recreation for all ages and athletic abilities.Nestled at the base of the picturesque Cascade Mountains, the resort communities of Bend, Redmond, Sisters and Sunriver, Oregon offer a spectacular year-round setting for outdoor recreation. Each has a lot to offer an active...

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Portland, Heart of Oregon

Portland, Oregon -- the Pacific Northwest's hippest city -- is also its greenest, most friendly, and a fun place for a weekend away with the family. The show Portlandia also helped put it on the map for its indie vibe, craft beer, and quirky locals.When my family heard that Portland's outdoor "Saturday Market" had become a Saturday-Sunday Market due to popular demand, we...

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In and Around Eugene, Oregon

Below are some highlights for a family visit to Oregon, as selected by a group of "ten something" age children who were my students.The Dorris Ranch at 220 South 2nd St, Springfield, 541/726-4335 was started in 1892. You can learn about how Mr. Dorris grew 9,200 filbert nut trees and harvested more than 50 tons of nuts each year....

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Portland is for Lovers

I once fell in love with one of Portland, Oregon’s 583,776 residents. During the autumn of 2008, I packed my belongings into USPS boxes and made the move from rural Georgia to the city. While the relationship ended weeks later, I remained in Oregon for several months. On my own, I explored the nation’s 29th largest city. FINALIST...

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Sunriver Resort, Sunriver, Oregon

Streams and mountains, bike paths, fairways, gourmet dining, spa and riverrafting, the Sunriver Resort has something for everyone. Oregonians’ legendary love of the outdoors was one of the state’s main attractions when looking for a place to vacation with our active, independence-seeking teen. Because of our limited time and Oregon's size, a central destination convenient to a variety of recreation...

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Multnomah Falls, Oregon

            My friend Addy is studying forensic science in Scotland this year. Her Facebook status frequently updates us on her spontaneous weekend travels across Europe. Hence, my comments often express my jealousy at her situation. Come visit, she replies! Come visit and you, too, can experience the...

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