101 Awesome Date Ideas For The Pacific North West

My husband and I moved to the Pacific Northwest 2 years ago, but it has been a part of our relationship for much longer than that. Before we ever started dating, we were traveling with a group to Lynden, WA every year to work at a summer camp together.


There will always be a special place in our hearts for this majestic part of the world.

pnwdateideasMy husband and I love the Pacific Northwest and we are so happy living here. We have had a running bucket list of things to do together to help us get out and explore the awesome PNW since we moved here. 

I thought it would be fun to share some of our ideas in a Date Idea List for all of you who live in or are visiting the amazing Pacific Northwest!

I broke this list down by nearest large city…however, before we get started, I had to highlight what our special state of Oregon has to offer. These are a bonus!

The 7 Natural Wonders Of Oregon

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Crater Lake


Mt. Hood

Crater Lake

The Oregon Coast

The Wallowas

Smith Rock

Columbia River Gorge

The Painted Hills

101 Awesome Date Ideas For The PNW

  • Bend Oregon  

1) Thump coffee date

Painted Hills
Painted Hills

2) McMenamins Movie Theater

3) McMenamins Soaking Pool

4) Mother’s or Sarah’s Juice bar 

5) Bonta Gelato

6) Maston Bike ride

7) River Trail Bike ride

8) Kayaking/paddle boarding in Sunriver eating at Hola at the marina

9) Hike Benham Falls

10) Mckay’s cottage for breakfast is a must. After breakfast you could take a walk in Sawyer Park 

11) Concert in the park at The Les Schwab Amphitheater

12) Live music- Jacksons corner Friday night

13) Zydeco for dinner

14) Float The Deschutes River

Drake Park
Drake Park

15) Drake Park – especially during Munchin Music.

16) First Fridays go on an art walk in the galleries downtown.

17) Dudleys Book Store Explore. Find the poem section and choose a poem to read to each other (silly or romantic), then get dessert & coffee too.

18) Picnic & Stargazing at Sparks Lake.

19) Tumalo Falls

  • Portland Oregon   

20) Shopping Downtown

21) Go to Salt & Straw Together- plan ahead though, there is usually always a long line for this one.

22) Oregon Zoo -You are never too old to enjoy a trip to the zoo. This zoo is the best one we have ever been too!

23) Visit the Rose Gardens

24) Visit Rhododendron Gardens

25) Go to the Aladdin Theatre

26) The Waffle Window

Downtown Portland
Downtown Portland

27) Tour the Benson Hotel

28) Climb Rocky Butte

29) Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

30) Portland Japanese garden

31) Tour the Pittock Mansion

32) The Screen Door

33) Holcomb Creek Trestle

  • Eugene Oregon 

34) Williamette River Bike Trail

35) Shelton Johnson McMurphy House

36) Strawberry picking

37) Cascades Raptor Center

Oregon Coast
Oregon Coast

38) Mcdonald theatre

39) The Dunes

40) Trestle Creek Falls

  • Medford Oregon 

41) Oregon Vortex House

42) Rogue River

43) Prehistoric Gardens

44) FaceRock Creamery and check out the town of Brandon while you are there.

  • Salem Oregon 

45) Word of Mouth Bistro. This place has such GOOD food! Please get the cinnamon roll pancakes. You’re welcome!

46) Visit the State Capitol

47) Hallie Ford Museum of Art

48) Oregon Garden

49) Salem Riverfront Park

50) Enchanted Forest

  • Astoria Oregon 

51) Antique in Downtown

Cannery Pier Hotel
Cannery Pier Hotel

52) Columbia River Maritime Museum

53) Fort Stevens State Park

54) Stay at Cannery Pier Hotel

55) River Front Trolley

56) See the Goonies House

57) Wreck Of Peter Iredale

  • Newport Oregon 

58) Aquarium

59) Pirate Plunder Antiques

Yakina
Yakina

60) Historic BayFront

61) NewPort Bay Fishing Pier

62) Yakina Lighthouse


  • Seattle Washington 

63) Oak harbor drive in

64) Underground old city tour

65) Space Needle

66) Pike Place Market

67) Rent A Canoe At The U Of Washington

68) Waterfront Park

69) Freemont Troll

70) Theo Chocolate Factory

71) Freemont Outdoor Theater

Great Seattle Wheel
Great Seattle Wheel

72) Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

73) The Great Seattle Wheel

74) Gas Works Park

75)Take A Ferry To Bremerton

76) Take An Ice Cream Cruise

77) Snoqualmie Falls

  • Puget Sound Washington 

78) Tiliucum Village Excursion

79) Watch the sunrise at Smith Tower

80) Take a ferry

81) Whale watch with Puget Sound Express

82) Browns Point Lifehouse

83) Fort Nisqually living History Museum

  • Vancouver BC 

84) Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park

85) Robson Square

86) Lions Gate Bridge

87) Spanish Banks

  • Bellingham Washington 

88) Watcom Falls

89) Mount Baker Theatre

90) Nooksack Falls

91) Interurban Trail

92) Old World Deli

93) Pure Bliss Dessert & Downtown

  • Lynden Washington 
Downtown Lynden
Downtown Lynden

94) Stroll Through Downtown and admire the old Dutch Windmill

95) Dutch Mother’s

96) Go Big Paint Ball Park

97) Overflow Tap

98) Edaleen Dairy Tour

99) Lynden Pioneer Museum

100) Lynden City Park or known as Million Smiles Playground

101) BelleWood Acres 

 Have you done any of these fun things already? If so, or if you have more fun places to add to this list, please share in the comments!

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