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

  • The Best Oregon Coast Beaches for Surfing A trio of surfers carrying longboards cross the sand.Surfing is increasingly popular in Oregon, but it can be a little confusing to know where to go. Spend a week dropping in on these spots, selected with a special nod to places where beginners are welcome.
  • Visiting Pacific City and Cape Kiwanda Overlooking Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon coast.Located along the Three Capes Scenic Loop, the small town of Pacific City attracts an increasing number of vacationers. Read more about the area, including the authors’ top choice for the nicest place to stay along the loop.
  • Oregon Camping: Little River, North Umpqua River, and Diamond Lake View of the shore of a placid lake with the verdant shore and reeds reflecting in the water.North Umpqua is a premier fishing river full of trout and salmon, as well as a source of excitement for white-water rafters who shoot the rapids. Learn more about where to camp when visiting this stunning region, including information on pricing and amenities.

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.