Portland to Sandpoint Road Trip Guide

Introduction

There are so many great options for a weekend trip in Oregon and Portland is the perfect destination to kick off your next short getaway. Known for its alternative culture, Portland has a huge arts scene as well as being home to some awesome attractions, such as the Oregon Zoo, Washington Park, and the International Rose Test Garden.

You and your partner could easily spend your whole weekend in Oregon's largest city, but if you head out northwest you will be able to combine city attractions with some of the best natural areas in the country. Since there are only a few days for your RV road trip it is best to plan ahead so that you don't forget about any destinations that are a must-visit.

A great final destination on this short trip is the city of Sandpoint. Located on the banks of Lake Pend Oreille, Sandpoint is a perfect place to relax after a few days on the road, and also great for travelers who want to have some more fun in the sun or snow. The city is also home to many special events (such as the Sandpoint Winter Carnival and Vintage Car Show) so you can plan your trip to coincide with one if you want to see the city in full flight!

So drag your partner out of bed, pack up your rig, and hit the road. There's plenty to see on this weekend trip!

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Details

60'
Max RV length
60'
Max trailer Length
Road trip length: 2-3 days
Recommend rig: motorhome
audience: couple

Point of Interest

Spokane

After a day out on the water, you may be craving a relaxing day in civilization. Spokane is located around two hours from Kenneth and contains plenty of things to keep you entertained. The city is home to the gorgeous Riverfront Park that is a wonderful picnic location and it was also the location of the 1974 World's Fair.

Downtown Spokane is a great place to walk around thanks to its compact size, so feel free to park your RV and explore on foot during your visit. You have several restaurant and bar options if you want to treat yourself and your partner for the night, or there are plenty of supermarkets to cook up a meal in your RV.

To the east of Spokane is the Spokane KOA Journey if you want a reliable place to stay at a decent price, or there are also many other private campgrounds available.


Rafting the Columbia River

One of the most exhilarating activities you can enjoy on your trip northeast to Sandpoint is to join a whitewater rafting tour and experience the full force of nature. Dozens of companies run tours throughout the spring, summer, and fall months from near the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, including River Rider, ECHO River Trips, and Northwest Rafting Company.

Taking on the river is so much fun, but be prepared for a rough trip that may end up with you heading overboard if you don't hang on tight! All of the guides who operate tours on this area of the river are extremely experienced and will be able to answer any questions you may have about the flora and fauna in the area.

Since this area of the Columbia River is only around an hour from Portland you will still have time to hit the road and find a great camping destination further east before the end of the day. One of the best options is within the city of Kenneth in Washington where you can stay at the luxurious Pasco / Tri-Cities KOA Journey. With full hookup, WiFi, and Cable TV options available, the campground is a great place to call home.


The Witch's Castle

Feeling spooky? If you and your partner feel like skipping the main attractions in Portland there are plenty of weird and wonderful attractions to check out, including The Witch's Castle. Visited only by those who aren't afraid of ghosts, The Witch's Castle is also known as Stone House and has many tales about how it is haunted by those who used to live in the area.

The most famous story revolves around a worker on the property who fell in love with the owner's teenage daughter, and as you can expect, that didn't end well. This is where the origins of The Witch's Castle begins, as the landowner believed his wife bewitched him into killing his daughter's new husband. This tale has grown in size over the years and now many are convinced that spirits haunt the house and the surrounding area.

It is a little bit of a trek to get to The Witch's Castle since you will have to take a half-mile hike from the Portland Audubon Society in Macleay Park, but it is well worth it if you are interested in the abnormal.


Summary

As you end your epic RV road trip it is only normal to wish that it would continue on for longer, but for places to end at, you can't beat the relaxed vibes at Sandpoint. Located in Idaho around an hour and twenty-minute drive from Spokane, Sandpoint is right on the banks of Lake Pend Oreille, so if you want to hit the water you will most definitely be able to do so during the warmer months.

Sandpoint City Beach Park is the best place to go for a swim due to the sandy beach and designated swimming area, while if you are a keen angler you must take the time to throw out a line and try to catch a large trout or bass. Boats are also allowed on the lake, and if you didn't travel with one don't stress because there are plenty of places where you can rent one from a few hours to a whole day. Being on the water means that your dining options will often come with a view, so a sunset dinner is a must.

RV camping is available throughout Sandpoint, including at the US Forest Service managed Sam Owen Campground. This is a wonderful place to stay at the end of your trip and is open from mid-May until Mid September each year.

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