The Pacific Northwest is home to famous cities, hidden gems and plenty of places to travel. While there is no agreed boundary, the Pacific Northwest generally refers to Oregon and Washington, and the land bounded by the Cascade Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean. Even in this small section of land, there are many beautiful places to see.
Located in the North Cascade mountains in Washington state, Diablo Lake is a beautiful reservoir. The lake is 1,201 feet above sea level, making this a favorite spot for hikers and runners. Kayakers and canoeists also love this spot due to the intense and unique turquoise hue of the lake’s water.
Abiqua Falls is a beautiful location within the Silver Falls State Park. Being one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Oregon, the fall drops 92-feet and is accompanied by lovely stone and various greenery surroundings. Travelers love this destination spot because it is hard to find but that makes the end destination even more rewarding.
Located on the Oregon Coast, Cape Kiwanda is a must-see. Cape Kiwanda is part of the Three Capes Scenic Route (along with Cape Meares and Cape Lookout). Although it’s the smallest, Cape Kiwanda is a spectacular spot to watch the Pacific waves, experience a tidal pool area and hiking to watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
The San Juan Islands
Known for its beautiful landscapes, the San Juan Islands are an archipelago in the state of Washington. There are three main islands filled with adventure, natural wonders, fun activities and historical sites. The San Juan Islands are filled with an abundance of choices, and you cannot go wrong with visiting here.
State Route 20, also known as Highway 20 and the North Cascades Highway, is arguably one of the most scenic drives in Washington State. It’s recommended that travelers drive in a counter-clockwise direction to take in the full beauty of the region. Highway 20 also passes through Skagit Valley and Fidalgo Island, which is home to the most fertile agricultural land in the Northwest.
No matter where you go, the Pacific Northwest is a charming area to see and visit!
Mitch Levy has spent nearly 30 years in radio and sports broadcasting after earning a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse. Read more of his advice for the radio industry or check out his Twitter!