The whole reason I traveled to the PNW was to visit my best friend, Cassandra, while she was living there (she’s since relocated to Philly after an epic cross-country camping road trip — shouldn’t she blog too!?). We spent the first few days hiking around Portland (Angel’s Rest Trail with a great view of the Columbia River Gorge was awesome), eating Voodoo donuts, drinking tequila (Aalto Lounge is recommended), taking in Multnomah Falls, eating the best brussels sprouts of our lives at pFriem Family Brewers, and marveling at how green everything was in early March. After our road trip through Washington and a day-trip to Bend, we ended with a gorgeous sunrise overlooking the city at Pittock Mansion, a short hike in Forest Park, more donuts at Blue Star Donuts (better than Voodoo, just sayin’), and a fantastic brunch of shakshuka and hot tea at Tasty N Sons before I flew back to Pittsburgh that afternoon. It was the perfect spring break for me in the middle of my first year of grad school. Mountain air! Pine trees! GREEN! I loved it so much, as I do all trips I take with my favorite travel partner. Time to start planning another one.