Moving to a new part of the country can be exciting and a little overwhelming. While we are looking for our next home we have made a list of all the places to visit in the Pacific Northwest. The Pacific Northwest most commonly refers to Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For now we are focusing on Washington and Oregon, but I can’t wait to explore British Columbia!
There are numerous hiking trails found everywhere. We can head west to the Olympic Mountains or head east to the Cascades. My husband received several books for Christmas so we’ll know where to look for ideas.
Mount Rainier has numerous hiking trails, you can find alpine meadows and waterfalls. We’ll wait for a clear day so we can enjoy the wonderful views of Mount Rainier.
Tacoma Glass Museum. This will be the first museum we plan to visit in the near future. Our library has free passes so we just need to schedule a time to go and visit.
Seattle. Although I am not a big fan of cities there is so much to explore in Seattle. One of our favorite places to visit in Seattle is Pike Place Market. You can find everything from delicious doughnuts to fresh flowers. It’s been years since we’ve visited but I can’t wait to go again!
There are also numerous neighborhoods to explore from Queen Ann to Aurora where you will find the giant troll under the Aurora Bridge.
San Juan Islands. This summer we would love to visit the San Juan Islands. Getting to the San Juan Islands is an adventure in itself, as you have to take a ferry. Friday Harbor has museums, art galleries and places where you can enjoy the fresh seafood.
Snoqualmie Falls. There are numerous waterfalls to be found in both Washington and Oregon. Snoqualmie Falls is about an hour drive from where we are currently renting and well worth the drive. The water falls 286 feet from the Snoqualmie River into a 65 foot deep pool below. If you go in the spring the noise is incredible.
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, not to be missed in April! You will see acres and acres of brightly colored tulips. Even on a cloudy day the colors are magnificent.
Port Gamble. If we are homesick for New England this will be the place to visit. It is a Victorian seaport town set on the northwestern shore of the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington surrounded by water and mountains. It is the most picturesque small town and I can’t wait to visit again.
Astoria. After reading the book Astoria I look forward to spending more time in this historic city. Astoria is located right on the Columbia River and offers numerous places to eat and explore.
Portland. I love the city of Portland and I can’t wait to spend more time exploring the city. It’s full of microbreweries, Forest Park for hiking and numerous neighborhoods to explore. Plus it is home to Powell’s bookstore!
Columbia River Gorge. If we are exploring Portland we will take the time to explore the Columbia River Gorge as well. The Columbia River Gorge divides the states of Washington and Oregon. Lots to explore in this area from wonderful hiking trails to excellent microbreweries. Multnomah Falls is one of the many waterfalls found along the Columbia River Gorge.
Cannon Beach. The Oregon coastline is just beautiful, wild and rocky. There are numerous places to stop and explore. Cannon Beach is home to Haystack Rock, which you see in many photos of the Oregon coast.
There are so many places to visit in the Pacific Northwest. It’s not often that one makes such a crazy cross country move and leaves behind all that is familiar. We’re looking forward to re-visiting many of the places we’ve already seen and exploring new areas. After all we want to be able to show our friends that come visit the many wonders that can be found in the Pacific Northwest.
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