Cannon Beach: The Best Place to Travel in Oregon with Kids

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Best Place to Travel in Oregon with Kids Cannon BeachWhile Seaside, Oregon, might aim to be the family-friendly option on the state’s coastline with its carousel, amusement rides, and promenade that spans a busy beachfront, it’s an awful place. After fifteen minutes of walking the main strip, I found a coffee shop that was knowingly selling fake eclipse glasses, spotted seven drunks piling into the backseat and trunk of a sedan, crossed paths with a young man wearing a shirt that read “Take Yo Panties Off” in neon pink font, and observed other family-unfriendly events.

 

For a more family-oriented experience, I’d suggest Cannon Beach.

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The U-Pick Fruit Loop Trail in Oregon

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U-Pick Fruit Loop Trail in Oregon Hood River CountyOne fond memory of my own childhood is of driving to upstate New York to pick apples off the trees. But on the last year that I had visited the orchards, I found no pleasure in the activity. Perhaps it was the year that I had transitioned into adolescence. While I had grown insolent, it certainly didn’t help that the orchard employees had plucked the fruits themselves and had them available only in wooden bins, transforming the back-to-nature event into a three-hour car ride for an outdoor grocery store that sold one product. Gone were the days of apple picking; gone was childhood.

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Kansas: A Series of Lies

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Kansas City

When I was growing up, my grandparents had returned from Kansas with a souvenir mug, which they oddly kept in the bathroom. The mug listed the top ten things to do in the state. The list recommended a visit to the largest ball of twine. I can’t remember the other nine items, but none seemed as exciting as the ball of twine, which spoke volumes about Kansas. From quite a young age, I knew it’d be quite unlikely that I’d ever plan a trip to Kansas. I should point out that I came to that decision despite having nine family members–aunts, uncles, first cousins–living in the state.

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Street Art in Wynwood Miami and Art Hotels

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Street Art in Wynwood Miami

A decade ago, Wynwood, Miami, was sixteen square blocks of gray walled factories. The neighborhood featured little more than the detritus of a city section ignored. But after famed street artists like Books Bischof and Shepard Fairey—lauded even in the mainstream for his iconic Barack Obama “Hope” poster—started spraying the neighborhood, art galleries, seeking to take advantage of the low rents, moved to town. Then, the late developer Tony Goldman bought property and handed over his walls to muralists, who, using the ephemera of graffiti, left an indelible mark on the neighborhood.

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Eating Through Downtown Portland

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The Best Food in Downtown PortlandDowntown Portland is not Portlandia. It even seems to have ditched the adage “Keep Portland Weird,” unlike the odder Eastside of the city. But like most downtowns, a visit is necessary or inevitable, and still wholly worthwhile. The area is a strange mix of scrubbed modernity and human scrums. (I can’t even count how many literal piles of people I saw stacked up on the sidewalk. Addicts, I suppose. Or perhaps there is a pastime in Portland–People Piling?–that I’m unaware of.)

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