The Pacific Northwest states of Washington and Oregon are scenically stunning areas, laid back in attitude and have far fewer tourists than other areas. The landscapes are varied from snow-capped mountains to raging rivers, ancient forests to remote beaches: there is plenty to see and explore. This area is geared up for outdoor enthusiasts with endless activities on offer, go hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing or fishing to name a few.
As well as the scenery, the area is perfect for foodies. There is a passion for farm-to-table produce, plenty of wineries to visit, dozens of artisan coffee roasters and microbreweries.
About the Pacific Northwest
With more scenic byways than any other state, this is the perfect destination to hit the road. Snaking through the region, these byways link the best of what is on offer. Route 101 is known as the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway and trails the entire coastal stretch from the Colombia River to the California border, winding past pristine beaches, rugged cliffs, rolling sand dunes and temperate rainforests
The Cascade Mountain Range creates the spine of this region running from California in the south to Washington in the north. The dramatic and scenically spectacular Columbia River Gorge cuts through the range and marks the state line between Oregon and Washington. The gorge is a canyon stretching over 80 miles and over a 1,000 metres deep, the largest National Scenic Area in the US. The views from Crown Point, a headland 200 meters above the river, are panoramic and unforgettable. A popular destination for both adventurers and families alike, it offers a wealth of outdoor activities from mountain biking to white water rafting the Hood River.
- Explore the seven natural wonders of Oregon from the snow-capped peak of Mount Hood to the craggy cliffs of Smith Rock
- Taste the fine wines and food to fork cuisine of the world renowned Willamette Valley
- Hike the forests of Crater Lake overlooking the pristine blue waters of this volcanic crater
- Drive the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway and explore the pristine beaches and hidden tide pools
- Get active in the Columbia River Gorge with forest trails and plentiful outdoor adventures
- Walk all or part of the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650 miles trek through California, Oregon and Washington
- Visit two active volcanoes, Mount Rainier and St Helens, whilst doing outdoor activities