Scrolling through your photo album on your way to work you finally find those photos from your last trip abroad…a full year ago. Has it really been that long? You can’t even remember where your passport is. This is your wake-up call to take back your calendar and #PlanForVacation! To help you out, we’ve done some of the leg work for you and scouted out these 12 epic snapshots to inspire your next PNW adventure!

1. Stroll Along the Ogden Point Breakwater at Sunset

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2. Whisk Away the Day in Historic Gastown, Vancouver

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3. Soar to New Heights on the Seattle Great Wheel

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4. Delight in the Empress’ Sensational Sips and Fantastic Eats

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5. Meet the PNW’s Real Locals

Part 1 of my sea-kayaking and whale excursion with the girls is now live on the blog! A few weeks ago, the three of us set off to search for whales near the San Juan Islands before heading to Alaska for more kayaking and camping. During the first part of the trip, we were lucky enough to see a pod of orcas with their new calf while aboard a Clipper Ferry. (See him in the back?! 😍) @ClipperVacations has been one of my favorite local companies for many years and it was a treat partnering with them. I'm excited to share that we are offering a giveaway for a whale-watching experience for you and a friend! To enter to win, simply tag the person you’d take along with you in a comment, and the winner will be chosen at random next week. Good luck! #discoverclipper

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6. Soak up the Sun in Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Sittin on the dock of the bay 👵🏻 #discoverclipper

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7. Uncover the San Juan Islands by Kayak

Sunset SUP sessions, full moon floats home. #westcomb

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8. Fall in Love with Fall in the Cowichan Valley

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9. Escape the City at Goldstream Provincial Park

Fall is flying by 🍃🍂

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10. Treat Your Taste buds at Voodoo Doughnut in Portland

Had to do it

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11. Summit the Sea to Sky Gondola Outside Vancouver

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12. Wander Through 55-Acres of Twinkling Lights

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In our culture of 24/7 hyper-connectivity and busy work schedules, it’s about time we all scheduled a break for ourselves. Whether you’re an urban dweller looking for an outdoor adventure or a foodie looking for a hidden hole-in-the-wall, the region’s laid-back lifestyle is the perfect respite for the office-bound workaholic. With even a brief weekend trip, you’ll return feeling renewed, refreshed and already dreaming of your next vacation!

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Feature Photo: Paola Toledo