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If you’ve ever thought of taking a trip to the Pacific Northwest, you’ve come to the right place. It’s a stunning part of the United States with so much to see and do that you could keep yourself entertained for months on end without ever going to the same place twice.
Because of that, no article could ever hope to contain absolutely everything, and so instead we’re going to take a look at just a few of our highlights. Here’s what we’d recommend checking out during your visit.
Trips Just Beyond the Seattle Area: Washington, Bainbridge Island, and Beyond
If you want to experience the Pacific during your trip to the Pacific Northwest, consider taking to the ocean. The sailing in this part of the United States is fun for active travelers, especially if you don’t mind getting a little wet while exploring Puget Sound. If that’s too adventurous for you, another option is to go island hopping.
Take a cruise
Taking a cruise to Alaska from Seattle can be a lot of fun because it allows you to see the Pacific Northwest in style before moving on to another beautiful part of the world. Just remember to pack some warm clothes if you’re planning on heading to Alaska.
Portland is known for being a happening city with plenty going on, from live music and theatre to its culinary scene and its wide range of tourist attractions. There’s so much going on in Portland that it would take a full blog post to explain it all – just rest assured that you won’t want to leave.
Climb Mt. Rainier
If you tend to prefer more active vacations then it’s worth climbing Mt. Rainier, or at least taking one of its trails. It’s a major local highlight and so you won’t find it too tricky to find a guide who can lead you – just make sure that you do take a guide, because at over 14,000 feet, Mt. Rainier isn’t to be underestimated.
One of the great things about visiting the Pacific Northwest is that it’s so near to Canada, and in particular to Vancouver in British Columbia. It has its own unique natural beauty that makes it worth a visit, but it also has some fantastic spots for culture buffs and history fans too. In fact, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.
Head to Bainbridge Island
Hop on a ferry to Bainbridge Island just beyond the Seattle metropolitan area, and you’ll find a nature getaway that feels like a different world entirely. The foggy landscape and evergreen forests on Bainbridge Island are peak PNW. There are plenty of local shops and restaurants on this quaint island, too.
Now that you know just a few of the top places that we’d recommend in the Seattle area, it’s over to you to decide which ones take your fancy the most so that you can start making an itinerary. Better still, you can often save money if you book things in advance. And with the Pacific Northwest providing such a tempting destination, perhaps it’s time for you to take the plunge and book that vacation. Happy travels!