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Introducing a brand new segment on Swankyrecipes, where we capture every aspect of our lives. From sharing our cherished kitchen hacks and tips, to exciting travel experiences, and everything in between – this space has no limits.

For our debut post, we’re thrilled to showcase glimpses and anecdotes from our recent adventure out West. We can’t wait for you to immerse yourself in our captures and relive our unforgettable moments with us.

San Fransisco, CA

After checking into our hotel we decided to take a stroll over to the famous Fisherman’s Wharf. Fisherman’s Wharf, located in San Francisco, is a popular tourist destination known for its bustling atmosphere, fresh seafood, and stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is a vibrant neighborhood filled with lively street performers, souvenir shops, and seafood restaurants. Visitors can take a stroll along the pier, watch sea lions basking in the sun, or embark on a ferry ride to Alcatraz Island. Fisherman’s Wharf also offers a wide range of activities such as bike rentals, bay cruises, and museums. With its charming ambiance and endless entertainment options, Fisherman’s Wharf is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring the city by the bay.

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is not only an iconic landmark but also a gateway to stunning nature hikes in San Francisco. There are several trails near the bridge that offer breathtaking views of the coastline, mountains, and the bridge itself. Visitors can hike along the Batteries to Bluffs Trail, which winds its way down to the shoreline and provides sweeping panoramic views of the bridge. The Coastal Trail is another popular option, offering a challenging hike through the hills with stunning vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a casual nature enthusiast, the hiking trails near the Golden Gate Bridge are an unforgettable experience that showcases the natural beauty of San Francisco.

Japanese Tea Garden, SF

The Japanese Tea Garden is a serene oasis located in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. It is the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States and has been a popular tourist destination since it first opened in 1894. Visitors can stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens, which feature koi ponds, pagodas, and a variety of Japanese plants and trees. The tea house located in the garden offers traditional Japanese tea and snacks, making it the perfect spot for a peaceful and relaxing break from the bustling city.

Portland, OR

Instead of staying in a hotel for this stint of the trip we decided to rent an Airbnb right in the heart of the city.

Portland, Oregon is a vibrant and eclectic city that attracts visitors from all over the world. Known for its stunning natural surroundings, quirky neighborhoods, and delicious food scene, Portland offers a unique experience for every kind of traveler. The city is home to an impressive array of microbreweries, coffee shops, and food carts that serve up some of the best cuisine in the country. Visitors can explore the city’s many parks, such as Forest Park or Washington Park, or take a leisurely bike ride along the Willamette River. With a thriving arts and music scene, numerous museums and galleries, and a strong commitment to sustainability, Portland is a destination that offers endless possibilities for adventure and discovery.

Japanese Tea Garden & Rose Garden, PDX

The Japanese Tea Garden and Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon are two stunning and unique attractions that should not be missed. The Japanese Garden offers a peaceful retreat from the city with its traditional Japanese design and natural beauty. Visitors can explore the five distinct garden styles, including the strolling pond garden and the tea garden. The Rose Garden, located just a short distance away, features over 10,000 rose bushes and is known for its spectacular views of the city skyline. Together, these two gardens offer a tranquil escape and a chance to immerse oneself in the natural beauty of Portland.

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls is a magnificent waterfall located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, just outside of Portland, Oregon. It is the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest, attracting millions of visitors each year. The waterfall cascades down a height of 620 feet and consists of two drops, with the upper drop being around 542 feet and the lower drop being around 69 feet. Visitors can hike up to the Benson Bridge, which provides a stunning view of the falls and the surrounding lush greenery. Multnomah Falls is a must-see natural wonder for anyone visiting the Portland area.

Astoria, OR

One of the most exciting things to do in Astoria, Oregon is to visit the iconic Goonies house and movie museum. This is the actual house used in the 1985 adventure-comedy film, “The Goonies,” which has become a cult classic and remains popular among movie lovers today. Visitors can take a tour of the house, explore the movie memorabilia and artifacts, and even pose for photos in front of the famous “Goonies” house. The museum is a must-see destination for any fan of the movie, or anyone interested in reliving the magic of the 80s. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual movie-goer, the Goonies house and movie museum is an experience that you won’t forget.

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of our trip was renting a Toyota 4 Runner and embarking on an Oregon adventure. We drove through the stunning mountain ranges surrounding Multnomah Falls and meandered along the scenic coastline all the way up to Astoria. The freedom to explore the picturesque landscapes at our own pace and stop to take in the breathtaking views was an experience we’ll never forget. Renting a car and hitting the open road is truly the best way to fully immerse oneself in the natural beauty of Oregon.

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