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Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs near Eugene, Oregon; pools surrounded by old growth forest.

Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs near Eugene, Oregon; pools surrounded by old growth forest.

We continued down 101 with a stop for lunch at Pacific City (), a popular public beach with a massive 500-foot dune that the kids were eager to climb. For my money, it was a less attractive spot than Cannon Beach, if only because people are allowed to park their cars on the sand, marring the view. We continued on past Newport, site of the Oregon Coast Aquarium (541-867-3474, ), which we skipped. (It seems to get mostly raves on TripAdvisor.)Instead we passed through Yachats and made a pit…

We continued down 101 with a stop for lunch at Pacific City (), a popular public beach with a massive 500-foot dune that the kids were eager to climb. For my money, it was a less attractive spot than Cannon Beach, if only because people are allowed to park their cars on the sand, marring the view. We continued on past Newport, site of the Oregon Coast Aquarium (541-867-3474, ), which we skipped. (It seems to get mostly raves on TripAdvisor.)Instead we passed through Yachats and made a pit…

The Most Magical Place I've Ever Been - It's me, Charlotte! cougar hot springs, oregon

The Most Magical Place I've Ever Been - It's me, Charlotte! cougar hot springs, oregon

Lava Canyon Mt. St. Helens | Photos, directions, tips. This isn't too far from The Ape Caves.

Lava Canyon Mt. St. Helens | Photos, directions, tips. This isn't too far from The Ape Caves.

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