While the region’s exact boundaries are often the subject of debate (to include or not to include northern California and western Idaho, southeastern Alaska and British Columbia), what is not up for question is the beauty and diversity of the Pacific Northwest. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Rocky Mountains on the east, this region is known for its natural beauty – the mountains (and volcanoes), parks, coastline, lush forests, and the mighty Columbia River – as well as its more human thrills – its wines, fishing, great cities like Seattle and Portland, and the many companies powering the digital economy. The states of Washington and Oregon are home to four spectacular national parks: Olympic, Mt. Rainier, North Cascades and Crater Lake. One or more of these are certain to be at the heart of your Pacific Northwest vacation.
In this corner of the world, you can explore not only by car and on foot, but also by ferry, floatplane, kayak, raft, horseback and more. The variety and diversity of this region is truly amazing. Consider Olympic National Park; it’s really three-parks-in-one, from the park’s namesake mountains to its moss draped rainforest to the rugged Pacific coast. From Seattle, so many adventures are just hours away – Olympic, Mt. Rainier and North Cascades National Parks, the San Juan Islands, Mount St. Helens National Monument and our neighbor to the north – British Columbia. From Portland, you’ve got the Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood, the Willamette Valley Wine Country, the Oregon coast and further south, Crater Lake. Whatever you do, wherever you go, it’s going to be seriously fun. And we guarantee you’ll eat well, too. All this and more await you on your Pacific Northwest vacation.