One minute you’re belting out Elmo tunes in a duet with your tot and then suddenly you’re performing a solo: welcome to the car nappers club. The next time your kiddo sacks out mid-errand, don’t rush home and unbuckle (we mean wake) them. Just head to one of these scenic spots where you can let them nap while you take in the view, catch up on emails or catch a few winks yourself. Click through the slideshow to see our picks.

Broughton Beach

Over on the North/NE side? Head to this giant parking lot off Marine Drive to let your little snoozer catch some zzzs. On clear days you can even see Mt. Hood from here. And there's no shortage of planes flying by. It's across from the airport, but the sound from the planes isn't bad. Parking is $5, but it's worth it.

4356 NE Marine Dr.

photo: Broughton Beach Columbia River Marine Drive by atul666 flickr creative commons

Do you have a special parking place to offer up to other parents?  Let us know in the comments section!

—Suzie Ridgway


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