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

  • Rainy Day Activities in Coastal Oregon Exhibits of preserved historical sailing ships inside a large warehouse sized museum.Although we strongly encourage you to layer up, get out there, and enjoy yourself in the pelting rain, we know that these wet outings need to be brief and interspersed with some inside time.
  • The Five Best Bakeries on the Oregon Coast A man in a white apron tends the till at a homey bakery with chalkboard signs.Nothing beats a ginger scone after a morning of beachcombing . . . unless it’s a still-warm cinnamon roll. The following bakeries are the real deal—no doughy white bread that ends up as gull food.
  • Coastal Oregon’s Dune Country: Coos Bay to Florence About 50 miles long, but only a couple of miles wide, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area stretches along the coast from Coos Bay to Florence.The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area encompasses the largest and most extensive oceanfront dunes in the world. Learn about scenic views and recreation opportunities among the dunes.

Explore Washington

  • The Best Late Summer Hikes in Mt. Rainier National Park The view from Glacier Basin in Mt. Rainier National Park.The late summer offers a window for spectacular hikes on Mt. Rainier, when most of the snow on the trails has melted. Here are the trails you can’t miss.
  • 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 ...