Portland: Everything You Didn’t Even Know You Wanted!

Portland Sign

If you’ve read much on VacationThrills.com, you’re probably aware that we’re from Portland, Oregon. It’s not much of a surprise, then, to hear that we love this city. It has a ton to offer, most notably world-class food, great craft beer, some of the best craft coffee you’ll find anywhere, and plenty to keep you busy outside. I’ve often told people there is no better place on earth than Portland on a sunny day.

Today we want to give you a little taste of this fabulous city through a starter guide for planning a trip to the Pacific Northwest. [Continue reading]

St. Petersburg, Russia: The Venice Of The North

Photo by Michal Bošina via Trover.com


For a long time now, I’ve wanted to visit Russia. Specifically, Moscow and St. Petersburg. My wife doesn’t really share my fascination with Russia, nor remotely share my wanting to visit the country, but that hasn’t deterred me from dreaming about … [Continue reading]


Favorite coffee shop that actually serves coffee

The biggest reason we chose to go to Amsterdam was the direct flight from Portland, OR to Amsterdam. Once you are in Amsterdam you must look around, right? Here are a few things you need to know about Amsterdam if you are maybe uneasy about … [Continue reading]

Zion National Park

The very top of that rock is our goal. Angel's landing

It feels like it's been a while since we have gotten away on vacation, so this one was much appreciated. Not only because of where we were, but because Portland got hammered with rain while we were gone and I got a sun burn. Always makes for a … [Continue reading]

Our Favorite Trips of 2014

Chasing waterfalls. That's what we do.

This year brought lots of changes for us. Our youngest child graduated and left home leaving us as Empty Nesters. Having the desire to travel more and the freedom (sorry kids those sport schedules were tough to work around) we decided to try more … [Continue reading]

Things To Do in Phoenix

Hike to a peak and take in the city from afar

  Our travels are becoming more frequent because we are empty nesters. Our travels also take us to where our kids are and that allows us to experience where they are living. Taking a weekend to get away from from the cold and rain in … [Continue reading]

How To Get To the Front of the Plane

Sitting in the front of the plane

Who doesn't love sitting up front when you fly? Yeah, every single one of us.  One of the best things about collecting miles and points is you have the option to take advantage of the best class of service when you want to.  You get to enjoy the best … [Continue reading]

Simple Trick To Keep Points From Expiring

simple travel trick

When you start to get serious about collecting miles, points and other digital currency to help you achieve your travel goals, you end up with lots of accounts spread all over the place. Keeping your miles and points in a single location such … [Continue reading]

Hiking in Central Oregon

Smith Rock in Central Oregon

Tumalo Falls is a spectacular waterfall located in Central Oregon just outside of Bend.  The beautiful thing about this this waterfall is anyone can experience it. You see you can drive right up to it. If you park your car and walk the less than 100 … [Continue reading]

Best of Bend, OR in the Fall

Fall hikes in Bend, OR

With a town like Bend, Oregon the peak times are in the summer, with all the water sports, lakes, fishing, hiking and the list goes on. And in the winter, with the skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and anything else you can think of.  The falls seems … [Continue reading]