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Socially distanced attractions and activities for a road trip across the Pacific Northwest that are actually worth the stop

Socially distanced attractions and activities for a road trip across the Pacific Northwest that are actually worth the stop
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Vancouver. British Columbia. Canada.Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Vancouver. British Columbia. Canada.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in British Columbia, Canada.

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  • The coronavirus pandemic has made it unsafe to travel internationally and travel experts previously told Business Insider that they expect people to turn to road trips this summer.
  • We surfed Trip Advisor for the highest-rated attractions in the Pacific Northwest within recommended social distancing guidelines.
  • While there is some debate over which states and regions are included in the Pacific Northwest, Business Insider looked at British Columbia and the US states of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon for this article.
  • Travelers should consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines before embarking on any summer travel.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Oregon: Drive through Wildlife Safari in Douglas County, Oregon, to see animals from all over the world without leaving your car.

wildlife safari oregon map


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Source: Wildlife Safari

Further north in Oregon, towards Portland, explore Silver Falls State Park inside the state’s temperate rainforest.

Silver Falls State Park


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Sources: Trip Advisor, Oregon State Parks

Some parts of the park are closed due to the pandemic, like the visitors center and one of the play areas. Oregon State Parks warns that you may have to turn around if the trails are too crowded.

Silver falls state park, Oregon
Silver falls state park, Oregon

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Source: Oregon State Parks

On the south coast of Oregon, just north of Gold Beach, take a stroll through a garden packed with life-size dinosaur sculptures.

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Source: Trip Advisor

Washington: In Tacoma, Washington, stretch your legs and take some photos at the Chihuly Bridge of Glass.

Chihuly Bridge of Glass


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Source: Atlas Obscura

West of Seattle, in Olympic National Park, drive up to Hurricane Ridge to take a hike or just enjoy the view.

hurricane ridge


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Source: Trip Advisor

It costs $30 per vehicle to get inside the park. Trip Advisor reviews say the view is worth the 17-mile drive up a winding road.

Washington State, Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park, View From Hurricane Ridge, Clouds.
Washington State, Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park, View From Hurricane Ridge, Clouds.

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Source: Trip Advisor, National Parks Service

On the eastern border of Washington, pick and purchase some fresh produce at Green Bluff — a cluster of local farms.

green bluff


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Source: Trip Advisor

They also might have their own coronavirus safety guidelines. For example, Beck’s Harvest House is open for the summer season, but they are requiring social distancing and offering smiles in place of handshakes.

U-pick orchard on Walters' Fruit Ranch on September 18, 2006 in Green Bluff, Washington.
Lexi Pearson (L) and her mother Andrea Pearson (R) pick Honey Crisp apples at the U-pick orchard on Walters’ Fruit Ranch on September 18, 2006 in Green Bluff, Washington.

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Source: Green Bluff Farms

This national reserve is rich with granite rock formations that stretch as high as 70 feet. It is free to enter.

city of rocks idaho
Pinyon pine forest, boulders, pinnacles and mountains of the City of Rocks National Reserve in southeastern Idaho; once a stop on the trail in the 1840s by immigrants bound for California and now a rock-climbing, wilderness and hiking area.

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Sources: Trip Advisor, National Parks Service, National Parks Service

The reserve asked park-goers to social distance and to turn around if the parking lot is full in a Facebook post from late June.

A plaque depicting pioneers viewing the spires of the Twin Sisters granite formation in the City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho, is shown June 14, 2006. A national climbing organization is asking the Park Service to reconsider its 1998 ban on climbing the Twin Sisters, which are considered natural historic landmarks along the California Trail. ()
A plaque depicting pioneers viewing the spires of the Twin Sisters granite formation in the City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho, is shown June 14, 2006. A national climbing organization is asking the Park Service to reconsider its 1998 ban on climbing the Twin Sisters, which are considered natural historic landmarks along the California Trail.

AP Photo/Chris Smith


Source: City of Rocks/Facebook

It’s free to access and outdoors, making social distancing possible.

The Freak Alley Gallery
The Freak Alley Gallery in downtown Boise features walls of alleyways covered in artwork between 8th and 9th streets.

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Source: Trip Advisor

Tickets cost up to $9.50 depending on your age. There are new coronavirus-era restrictions, like parking six feet apart and ordering tickets and food online.

the spud drive-in, idaho



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Sources: Spud Drive-In, Spud Drive-In

The gardens include 55 acres of flowers and other plants from around the world. It costs up to $35 per person to enter, depending on your age.

The Butchart Gardens
A woman takes pictures in the Rose Garden at The Butchart Gardens on July 2, 2011 in Saanich, British Columbia, Canada. The 55-acre garden features Italian, Japanese, and Mediterranean plant life and is major tourist destination near Victoria.

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Sources: Butchart Gardens, Trip Advisor

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are new regulations like limiting how many people can view the gardens at a time and staying six feet apart from other groups.

Butchart Gardens British Columbia, Canada
Butchart Gardens on August 30, 2014 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Sources: Butchart Gardens, Trip Advisor

It costs about $50 to enter, and Trip Advisor reviews say that the views from the bridge are spectacular.

Capilano Suspension Bridge. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Vancouver. British Columbia. Canada]
Capilano Suspension Bridge. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Vancouver. British Columbia. Canada

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Source: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Trip Advisor

The park reopened in June with coronavirus-era regulations. For example, you must not have left Canada in the last two weeks in order to enter.

Capilano Suspension Bridge. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Vancouver. British Columbia. Canada.
Capilano Suspension Bridge. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Vancouver. British Columbia. Canada.

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Source: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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