The Pacific Northwest covers the northern half of the West Coast and includes the states of Oregon and Washington. From the coastline to the Cascade Mountains to rolling wheat fields, there is no shortage of natural beauty. Vibrant cities such as Seattle and Portland are also among the highlights and provide close proximity to a variety of scenery. While I've selected my four favorite places, there are many other points of interest worth seeing which can be viewed in the photo albums I have linked below.
Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River Gorge is an approximately 80 mile long canyon formed by the Columbia River winding through the Cascade Mountains. Multiple roads, including Interstate 84, traverse the gorge offering spectacular views as the landscape changes from wet forests to dry grasslands. Among the notable sights are Multnomah Falls, the highest waterfall in Oregon.
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Located in Southern Oregon, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in United States. The lake is known for its clarity and deep blue color which has to be seen to be believed. It was formed after Mount Mazama collapsed after which snowmelt and rain water filled the remaining caldera.
Seattle may just be the most beautiful setting of any major city in the United States. Nestled in between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, there are ample views of the water and nearby mountains. Other aspects that make Seattle stand out include the seafood, parks, and the variety of neighborhoods. While touristy, there are a number of attractions in the downtown area such as the Space Needle, Pike Place Market and the Seattle Wheel to visit.