The Oregon Zoo in Portland

I love a good zoo and one of the better parts about roadtripping is getting the opportunity to stop at a zoo or wildlife attraction whenever one pops up along your route. Whenever I find myself going through the Portland area, I count myself lucky that I have the option to stop off at The Oregon Zoo.

I can spend hours at The Oregon Zoo. This very cool zoo features wonderful walking trails that guide you past displays that very much make you feel like you are looking at wild animals out in their own habitat. With over 200 different species of animals, including 22 endangered, it is easy to stay entertained just knowing that there is something else very cool just around the next corner. In addition to the enclosures, I also like watching the different public feedings and animal exhibitions that are put on there.

If you are roadtripping with kids, your experience there will be even better. There is nothing quite like seeing animals like these for the first time through the eyes of a child.

The Oregon Zoo is nationally known for presenting a great exhibition of wild animals in a way that the public can appreciate them, learn from them, and go away knowing they have seen animals they had never seen before. You are a very lucky person when you get to go and check out The Oregon Zoo.

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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in Vancouver, BC

Experiencing the unusual and the rare is some of what attracts people to taking road trips. By getting outside your home area in a free and independent way, you can stop and visit whatever you want, stay virtually as long as you want, and then move on to the next attraction that catches your eye.


It was exactly this type of reasoning that led me to visiting Capilano Suspension Bridge Park on a recent trip through Vancouver, British Columbia. I remembered hearing about a suspension bridge in the Vancouver area before, there are actually two, but had never had the time or inclination to go check it out. This time was different though so upon entering the city, it was the first thing I headed for.

There has been a suspension bridge at the site of the Capilano Suspension Bridge since the early 1900s. Over the years it has been updated and improved and other attractions have been added, making the site a true destination attraction more than the roadside stop that it once was. Today, in addition to the hugely popular suspension bridge, the park also offers a Treetops Adventure and Cliffwalk attraction. The suspension bridge though is still the key attraction in the park and is the main reason so many people head there all year long.

I loved pretty much everything about my visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. The bridge is incredible, especially the view downto the river and canyon below. The Treetops Adventure was very cool, seeing the thick forest from such a high vantage point. The Cliffwalk portion of the park, one of the newest features, was incredible. Seeing nature from this kind of perspective just doesn’t happen anywhere else.

Why did I wait so long to check out this very cool place in Vancouver? Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is top notch in terms of attractions worth visiting when road tripping through the area.