What Do Nirvana, Pinot Noir, and Goonies Have in Common?

We’re about to embark on five days of sightseeing, hiking, wining, cheesing, and more on our road trip through the Pacific Northwest—and we’re bringing it all to you on ProjectTimeOff.com. It’s safe to say this is the best work trip ever (and answers the question what Nirvana, pinot noir, and Goonies have in common). But it is one with a purpose.

Project: Time Off’s research showed that a commanding 85% of American workers feel that they can take one more day of vacation. We’re on this road trip to show what a difference a day can make. If you live in Seattle or Portland, everything we’re doing is a day trip, but can easily be turned into a long weekend or more. Even better, we’re taking in sights and National Parks that are budget-friendly. So if it’s good for your health, the people you care about, your career, and it can be done easily and on a budget, what are you waiting for?

If you want to follow along with us or plan a similar adventure, here’s what’s on our itinerary.

Day 1: Seattle

The Emerald City awaits. We land in Seattle with enough time to grab the rental car, head to downtown, and grab lunch with our friends at Visit Seattle. From there, we’ll take in every tourist attraction we can—Space Needle, EMP Museum, maybe a harbor cruise—thanks to our CityPass.

Day 2: Olympic National Park

After a drive from Seattle along the coast, we’ll stop at Olympic National Park’s Storm King Ranger Station and don our hiking shoes. While the adventurer in me wanted to take a run at Mt. Storm King, my pregnant lady sensibilities got the better of me and decided that Marymere Falls might be a more realistic option.

Day 3: Mt. Rainier

We’ll dip our toes in the Pacific when we head to Astoria, OR. We’ll also get to check out the filming locations of some of my childhood favorites, Goonies and Kindergarten Copand try some suds at the Fort George Brewery.

Day 4: Wine and Cheese

After all that hiking, it’s time to relax and make sure we replace the calories burned! We’ll hit the Tillamook Cheese Factory and then try one or two of the famed Willamette Valley vineyards. (Pro tip: it’s pronounced Will-AM-it.) As home to some of the best pinots in the world, I’ll leave it to my co-pilot Cait to do the tasting while I drive. We’ll then get some well-deserved rest at the brand new Best Western Boulder Falls Inn in Lebanon, OR.

Day 5: Portland

Portland, your reputation precedes you, and we’re excited to see for ourselves what you have to offer. An abundance of gardens, Powell’s Books, the Pittock Mansion, and Voodoo Doughnuts (although we hear Blue Star is a local favorite)…we’re going to pack in as many Stumptown favorites as we’re able.

The Project: Time Off team is on the road, exploring the Pacific Northwest, showing how easy—and affordable—it can be to turn a vacation or day or two into a memorable experience. Follow our adventures on Twitter and Instagram via @ProjectTimeOff and using the hashtag #TakeADay.

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