Pacific Northwest Travel Guide Helpful maps and articles about Oregon and Washington.

The Pacific Northwest

From coastal rainforest to outstanding wine trails to stunning alpine lakes, the Pacific Northwest will engage your senses.


Explore Oregon

  • Exploring the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area View from atop a golden grassy hill of a sandy peninsula.Today, in addition to its biological importance, the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area is a mecca for some 6,000 hikers annually and for anglers who target the salmon and steelhead runs on the Salmon River. Learn more about exploring Cascade Head along Oregon’s north coast.
  • Exploring the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in Southwestern Oregon The Chetco River in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.The lure of untrammeled wilderness attracts intrepid hikers to the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, but if you don’t have the slightest intention of hiking the Kalmiopsis, the scenic drive through the Chetco Valley is worth it.
  • Gold Beach Recreation: Taking the Rogue River Jet-Boat Ride Traveling along a seemingly calm river with a steep hill on one side and a narrow pebbled shore on the other.The most popular way to take in the mighty Rogue is on a jet-boat ride from Gold Beach. It’s an exciting and interesting look at the varied flora and fauna along the estuary as well as the changing moods of the river.

Explore Washington

  • Seattle Day Hike: Middle Fork Snoqualmie River At the clear river's edge, overhanging leaves are sprinkled with bright reds amongst the green.The Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River is a fantastic trail close to the Seattle area. Accessible year-round and easy to navigate, this family-friendly hike through lush forest has a little bit of everything.
  • Seattle Day Hike: Cedar Lake View of the San Juan Islands across the water with large rocks and pine trees in the foreground.The Chuckanut Mountains are best known for the colorful drive along Puget Sound during the fall. Open for hiking year-round, Cedar Lake is one of the mountain’s best lakes, a small, quiet swimming hole on the mountain’s northeastern end. Author Scott Leonard shares information about the length of the hike, the optional climb to view ...
  • Celebrating the Marvel of Hot Air Ballooning A gout of flame ignites as a hot air balloon is being filled.Throughout the year and around the world, spectators can watch vibrant hot air balloons take flight at a wide assortment of annual festivals and events. Laura suggests some festivals across America and resources for balloon enthusiasts worldwide.