Pacific Northwest Overview
The beautiful and rugged region of the Pacific Northwest is a lesser-discovered treasure waiting to be explored. Comprising of Oregon and Washington State, the region offers a fantastic combination of interesting cities, national parks, a stunning coastline, wineries and jaw-dropping natural beauty featuring deep canyons, crystal clear lakes and mighty rivers.
Take your time journeying through either one of the states or perhaps combine them for a true Pacific Northwest holiday. Portland is the gateway to Oregon. Start by exploring this interesting city before heading south to the wine country and onto the beautiful coast. Great towns dot this beautiful coastal byway where you can enjoy the quirky highlights of this state and rugged views. Then make your way onto Grants Pass known for the Caves National Monument and also, Rogue River. Afterwards proceed to the breath-taking Crater National Park and then onto Bend in Central Oregon where there is a great downtown and outdoor pursuits.
Sophisticated Seattle is the gateway to the beautiful and rugged Washington State and the magnificent National Parks of Olympic, Mount St Helens and Mount Rainier. It’s afantastic destination for shorter fly drive holidays with three main loops appealing to the discerning traveller, all of which extend out from the vibrant city of Seattle. The most popular is the Olympic National Park Loop showcasing the beautiful scenery of this area. Another popular drive is around the wine region and rolling hills, yet Washington’s scenery can also be similar to that of Nevada and Utah with its high sierra desert landscapes.
Pacific Northwest Highlights
Learn about the Battle of the Little Bighorn
Visit the Little Bighorn National Battlefield in southern Montana, the site of General Custer’s famous last stand.
Drive along Sun Road in Glacier National Park
Driving down the Sun Road in Glacier National Park is one of the most scenic mountain drives anywhere in North America.
Visit North Cascades National Park
North Cascades National Park is an area of glacier-riven mountains, best seen from the Cascade Loop drive.
Go walking in Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park, not far from Port Angeles, is an oasis of temperate rainforests, remote lakes, driftwood beaches and mountains.
Enjoy spectacular views of the Columbia River Valley
The Columbia River is the mighty river that separates Washington from Oregon, and provides mile after mile of memorable panoramas.
Explore Crater Lake National Park
The vivid blue iridescent waters fill the vast basin of this volcanic terrain in Crater Lake National Park.
Best Time to Visit The Pacific Northwest
The coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest are best explored during the summer months between May and September when temperatures are warm and rainfall is lower.