Northwest Travel Ideas

Bison (or Buffalo) below the Grand Teton Mountains
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The Northwest is so rich with fun things to do and gorgeous sites to see, it can be difficult to narrow down your list of vacation options. Those who live in this region know that it would take a lifetime (or more!) to visit all the wonders that the Northwest holds. And while there are always new places to explore, old favorites can draw you again and again. You'll want to experience these places at different times of the year, in a different light and different seasons like Winter and Fall. For those who aren't lucky enough to live here, there are many reasons to choose the Northwest as your vacation destination.

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Family Fun

Cracker Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana
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These Northwest destinations feature a broad range of activities in uniquely scenic locations. They offer opportunities to learn and play and share quality time with your loved ones.

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Romantic Getaways

On the shore of Pend Oreille Lake.
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Charming lodging, fine dining, and romantic strolling options make these destinations ideal for couples who want to spend quality time focusing on each other.

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Wildlife Watching

Dall Sheep at the Polychrome Overlook
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Whether you're interested in seeing creatures with fur, fins, or feathers, these locations offer the opportunity to view the region's gorgeous wildlife in their natural setting.

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Golf Getaways

Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course

 Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course

These Northwest golf destinations offer a range of challenging courses along with a broad range of visitor services and amenities.

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Experience History

Old log cabins and wagons in Cody, United States
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These historically-significant destinations offer interesting learning experiences in combination with hands-on activities and recreation.

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Water Recreation

USA, Idaho, Middle Fork of Salmon River, man fly-fishing on log
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You'll enjoy a broad range of water activities on these Northwest lakes and rivers, including whitewater rafting, water skiing, windsurfing, and house boating.

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Winter Vacations

Snow Covered Mountain Against Clear Blue Sky in Jackson, United States
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Downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and sledding and tubing. You'll find it all in abundance in the Northwest.

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Wine and Wineries

King Estate Winery Overhead View

 King Estate Winery

Tours vineyards and wineries and sample the fruits of their labor in these scenic Northwest wine regions that take pride in their hospitality.

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Sample the Best

winding mountain road in Olympic National Park
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When selecting where to go and what to do during your Northwest vacation time, you can choose to focus your travels around one major attraction, such as a national park, a historic area, or a scenic wonder. Another choice is to combine a few of the Northwest's great visitor attractions into a multi-day road trip. You'll enjoy a number of memorable visitor attractions along with the local flavor of the Northwest's lively cities and charming towns.