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 year, in different light and different season. For those who aren't lucky enough to live here, there are many reasons to choose the Northwest as your vacation destination.
This list will give you some getaway ideas and help you choose a destination where you can enjoy the experiences that fit your tastes and interests.
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Family Fun in the Northwest
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.
- Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Oregon
- Glacier National Park, Montana
- Mount St. Helens, Washington
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Wildlife Watching in the Northwest
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.
- Denali National Park, Alaska
- Yellowstone National Park, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho
- Klamath Falls Wildlife Refuges, Oregon and California
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Water Recreation in the Northwest
You'll enjoy a broad range of water activities on these Northwest lakes and rivers, including whitewater rafting, water skiing, windsurfing, and houseboating.
- Hood River, Oregon
- Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Washington
- Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho
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Winter Vacations in the Northwest
Downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and sledding and tubing. You'll find it all in abundance in the Northwest.
- Sun Valley, Idaho
- Whitefish, Montana
- Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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Wine and Wineries in the Northwest
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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- Columbia Valley, Washington
- Willamette Valley, Oregon
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Sample the Best of the Northwest
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.
Here are my picks for the best attractions in the Northwest US: