Susan Stephens

15 Flips | 1 Magazine | @ExplorerSue | I am a travel writer based in Portland, OR. My articles are the perfect place to start when planning your next trip to the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.

Bavarian Weekend in Leavenworth: Perfection in the heart of Apple Country - Explorer Sue - Your Pacific Northwest Travel Guide

Nestled in majestic, wooded mountains, Leavenworth, WA is one of those unique, tiny towns that seem to exist solely for visitors. So where do the …

23rd St & The Alphabet District, Portland: An Outdoor Shopping Gem - Explorer Sue - Your Pacific Northwest Travel Guide

Sitting on a park bench, the cool spring breeze gently combs my hair as I bite into my carne asada burrito from a local taqueria down the street. …

How to Beat the Heat During an Oregon Summer - Explorer Sue - Your Pacific Northwest Travel Guide

The unseasonably hot, hot temperatures in the Willamette valley beckoned us to head for cooler environs, so on to the beach we went! This wasn’t a …

Discover Portland's Hawthorne Neighborhood - Explorer Sue - Your Pacific Northwest Travel Guide

Continuing my series on Portland’s neighborhoods, this week’s focus is on the Hawthorne neighborhood. Despite some mild gentrification over the past …

Get Your Music, Food & Shopping On in Portland, Ore. - Explorer Sue - Your Pacific Northwest Travel Guide

My series on the wonderful and diverse neighborhoods of Portland, OR continues…<p>I hopped off of the Number 4 bus to meet my husband at one of our …

Antique Shopping, Anyone? Portland's Historic Sellwood - Explorer Sue - Your Pacific Northwest Travel Guide

“How much for this gramophone?” I asked. The elderly gentleman behind the counter in Stars Antique Mall smiled at me, then peered expertly at the …

Who Knew Dormant Volcanoes Could be So Much Fun? - Explorer Sue - Your Pacific Northwest Travel Guide

Portland is home to several dormant volcanoes and cinder cones, which are part of a series comprising the Boring Lava Field of Washington and Oregon. …

Misadventures in Olympic National Park - Explorer Sue - Your Pacific Northwest Travel Guide

Here I go again, flying by the seat of my pants.<p>As I stood staring at the makeshift park trail information board, my heart sank a little. For the …

Alberta Arts District Portland: An Artist's Haven - Explorer Sue - Your Pacific Northwest Travel Guide

“Two hundred, sixty dollars for an almost-new commuter bike? Wow!” As I stood in front of the Community Cycling Center, a handful of cycling …

5 Hot Springs in Oregon You Must Visit | Explorer Sue - Your Pacific Northwest Travel Guide

Have you ever been to a naturally occurring hot spring? How about actually soaking in one? A perfect hot tub brought to you by mother nature! Many …

Cocktail Bars in Portland: The Definitive List | Explorer Sue - Your Pacific Northwest Travel Guide

Weather you’ve been exploring Portland all day, working hard for ‘THE MAN’, or hell, even cooped up in your home office working on your blog (who …

Searching for the Elusive Underground Tunnels in Chinatown, Victoria, B.C. - Explorer Sue - Your Pacific Northwest Travel Guide

Victoria, B.C. has such an inviting and picturesque waterfront, with its majestic Empress Hotel and a delightful downtown area full of wonderful …

10 Things NOT to do in Portland, Oregon - Explorer Sue - Your Pacific Northwest Travel Guide

It’s easy to find things to do in Portland. Just a quick Google search will turn up a vast array of “Top” attractions. Everyone from the NY Times to …

Ultimate, Classic New York City: My New York - Explorer Sue - Your Pacific Northwest Travel Guide

It’s ironic that I’m a west coast girl…because my favorite city in the world to visit (by far) is New York.<p>While I’ve been to New York City only a …

Yurt Camping in Oregon: A Different Way to Camp | Explorer Sue - Your Pacific Northwest Travel Guide

Oregon has some of the finest camp grounds in the world. With magnificent forest land, mountains and beaches as a backdrop to your camping …

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