The Pacific Northwest
The Pacific Northwest is a region generally considered to encompass the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and even British Columbia, Canada. The area is awe-inspiring with the splendor of the North Cascades tall evergreen forests, the majestic snow-capped Rocky & Olympic Mountains and beautifully scenic views of lush, green landscapes that surround this region which is bounded by the Pacific Ocean.
A good place to start your scenic road trip is in Seattle, Washington, host of the 1962 World’s Fair. There are many attractions to visit that are well worthwhile. Take in the views of Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains from the Seattle waterfront or visit the Olympic Sculpture Park. The Seattle Center offers a spectacular view from the observation deck of the Space Needle. Enjoy a ferry-ride and explore Bainbridge Island, San Juan Islands, Whidbey Island or visit the quaint Victorian seaport town of Port Townsend with its wonderful marinas, shops, art galleries and Maritime Center.
If time allows, you’ll want to visit famous Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC. There are 55 acres of lush gardens, historic homes to visit, boutiques, museums and art galleries to see. It is a wonderfully quaint place to visit for a day.
While the Seattle area offers boundless opportunities for whale watching, white water rafting, hiking, kayaking, biking and more, there are also mountains to be explored. Heading northwest from Seattle, explore Snoqualmie Falls, home of a magnificent 270 foot waterfall and the Northwest Railway Museum. You’ll not want to miss a trip to a most wonderful little place called Leavenworth, a beautiful and unique Bavarian-styled village in an Alpine setting with a European town square! In the summer you can enjoy arts and craft shows, concerts, marching bands, strolling musicians and more. There is a Nutcracker Museum that showcases over 5000 nutcrackers and you can enjoy wonderful German-style cuisine! Also be sure to explore Mt. Rainier National Park with elevation of 14,411 feet and encompassed by the Wenatchee National Forest. You may also wish to take a side trip to the Gingko Petrified Forest State Park, one of the most unusual fossil forests in the world and a national landmark. There is a wealth of places to explore in the state of Washington that will make for a wonderful RV trip and leave you with lasting memories for a lifetime! To read more about the Washington region, its attractions and events, go to Visit Seattle website.