Basking in the April Showers


iStock_000016544728Small.jpgFeeling too sunny? Want to go cloud watching, but you live in the middle of the blue skies in Las Vegas or Tampa? There’s nothing wrong with loving the view of a gentle drizzle falling over the mountains or sporting a raincoat next to the sea. As the month of April (and April showers) approaches, we take a look at three U.S. cities that are known for having the most rainy days each year, visit them and you may just catch a few drops:

Portland, Oregon
Known as the “City of Roses” with many rose gardens, including the International Rose Test Garden, Portland is a natural choice when looking for some precipitation. From a walk through Forest Park, the largest wooded urban park in the United States, to delicious food carts dotting the urban landscape, there is plenty to do out in the rain or curled up inside with a good book at Powell’s City of Books (and yes, you’ll need a map to navigate this city of books), Portland gives the aura of something fresh falling in the rain that will wash those stresses right way. To dry off a bit before heading back into the damp, warm up at the BEST WESTERN Inn at the Meadows, located just north of downtown Portland.

Seattle, Washington

What would a rainy day be without mentioning Seattle? Situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound and Lake Washington and with the Cascade Mountains in the distance, Seattle is a bustling city that averages six cloudy days a week. From watching fish being tossed at Pike Place Market or taking a Washington State Ferry to a close-by island, Seattle can keep you entertained for days. Have a romantic dinner atop the Space Needle or walk along the shores of Puget Sound while viewing Mount Rainier in the distance. The sights of this coastal city will take your breath away much more quickly than the cold wetness falling around you. If you decide to stay for a while, make sure to check out the BEST WESTERN PLUS Pioneer Square Hotel in the heart of downtown Seattle.

Columbus, Ohio
The capital of and largest city in Ohio, Columbus is somewhat of an unknown rainy destination in the middle of America. This classic Midwestern city is home of The Ohio State University, one of the largest college campuses in the U.S., and Franklin Park Conservatory, which boasts over 90 acres of outdoor green space and is open to the public in any season. Whether you explore the life-size replica of Christopher Columbus’s Santa Maria ship or hang out with the elephants at the Columbus Zoo, there is plenty to do to keep your soles soaked and umbrella busy. To keep things classy, make sure to stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Port Columbus located just 6 miles from downtown Columbus.


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