Welcome to the Great Pacific Northwest, a region of the United States where the geography and landscapes are unique to America and vary dramatically within the region. Several majestic mountain ranges including the Coast Mountains, Cascade Range, the Olympic Mountains and the Columbia Mountains dominate the region.
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Distance: 132 miles
Distance: 122 miles
Distance: 44 miles
The scenic drive around the Olympic Peninsula is a virtual panorama of unfolding ecosystems, each a part of the greatest true remaining wilderness forest in America. The spectacular Olympic Mountains, the centrepiece of the Peninsula, form a circular range in the central area of the park. The ice and snow covered slopes are a great contrast to the deep green forested areas of the lower elevations. The Quinault Rain Forest, and the ever present mountains, are an even greater contrast to the 57 miles of Pacific coastline that are part of the Park. Ruby Beach, covered with driftwood and rocks, features prominent views of the seastacks, remains of the headlands that used to be attached to the mainland and now protrude from the sea. Take a side trip to the Hoh Rain Forest visitors centre deeper in the interior of the Park, about 30 miles south of Forks, to learn more about the west valleys that are drenched in more than 12 feet of rain each year.
Distance: 155 miles
The city has seen gold rushes and labour strikes, business booms and busts, fires and earthquakes, only each time to bounce back even stronger. With the original descendants of the settlers now as entrenched in the Pacific Northwest as a red flannel shirt, Seattle has developed a rich and diverse multi-cultural mix that is overlaid with the sophistication brought by several of America’s largest corporations including Boeing Aircraft, Microsoft and Starbucks. It’s a short drive from Quinault to Seattle, leaving plenty of time to begin exploring this very special city.
Distance: 182 miles
Distance: 269 miles
Distance: 180 miles
A bit farther south, it will be apparent when you have reached the Columbia River Gorge, an 80-mile long geologic wonder that forms the border between Oregon and Washington. The cliffs rise as high as 4,000 feet. The canyon-like walls of the Gorge create ideal conditions for windsurfing. The Columbia Gorge Discovery Centre is the official interpretive centre for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Nearby Hood River and The Dalles are also replete with wineries. A different climate here delivers a different taste.
A series of scenic roads unfolds as you make your way to the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River. No visit to the area would be complete without experiencing the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Centre with 50,000 square feet of exhibits, art, Native American and immigrant crafts, plus narrated presentations. Free guided tours of The Dalles historic area take you past the stunning 1897 St. Peter Landmark, the Baldwin Saloon, old Ft. Dalles and Pulpit Rock. The Hood River area is also particularly well known for its great wineries.
Distance: 62 miles
Call the travel specialists at Bon Voyage to discuss your ideal Great Pacific Northwest adventure.