School is coming to an end. If you’re looking for a summer vacation that offer something for everyone, look no further than the Pacific Northwest.
1. For the Outdoor Adventurer
- Crater Lake: As the deepest lake in America at nearly 2,000 feet, it is only accessible via Oregon’s national park. Here, you can enjoy swimming, hiking, fishing and camping.
- Olympic National Park: Located in the very northeast corner, it is one of the less crowded parks. Here, you can enjoy glacier-capped mountains, Lake Crescent and beautiful falls.
- Deception Pass: Arguably one of Washington’s most scenic spots. Snap a photo from the historic bridge and swing by Rosario Beach for whale watching.
- Mount Rainier National Park: The breathtaking views of glaciers and waterfalls are reason alone to visit. But a stop by Tipsoo Lake will allow you to capture that iconic photo of Mount Rainier’s reflection in the lake’s gleaming waters.
2. For the City Dweller
- Seattle: Known as the “Emerald City”, it’s also the largest in the Pacific Northwest. Some places to be sure to visit…
- Pike Place Market: Shop rows of fruits and vegetables, check out locally made jewelry and clothing, take a guided tour and don’t forget to check out the fishmongers throwing the day’s fresh catch!
- Pioneer Square: Known as the birthplace of the city, Pioneer Square boasts rich history and beautiful Renaissance Revival architecture.
- Kerry Park: For that iconic skyline shot, head up to the city’s most well-known lookout spot.
- Space Needle: What visit to Seattle isn’t complete without a trip up the 605 feet to check out a beautiful panoramic view of nearby scenery, such as Mt. Rainier, Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Puget Sound and of course, Seattle.
- Portland: Known for its quirkiness this city offers something for outdoor enthusiasts to art collectors. A few spots to check out…
- Portland Saturday Market: The nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. Here you can find handmade goods, live music and food.
- Stumptown Coffee Roasters: More than just latte art, coffee lovers can rejoice in the delicately roasted and unique flavor profiles of coffee beans that have traveled from all corners of the earth.
- International Rose Test Garden: With more than 8.000 roses, visitors can enjoy the sight (and smell!) of the country’s oldest continuously operated public rose test garden.
- Pittock Mansion: Praised for having the best view in town. This 1914 mansion features beautiful architecture, traveling art exhibits and 23 beautifully decorated rooms with art and antiques.
3. For the Wine Connoisseur
Home to several hundred wineries, Willamette Valley claims some of the world’s best Pinot Noir. The 150-mile long valley in Oregon is dotted with quaint bed and breakfasts, hiking and biking trails, hot springs and waterfalls, wineries (of course!), and more. Prefer to spend a night in a tipi? They have that, too!