The Pacific Northwest in home to some of the most lush forests and landscapes in the country, from Oregon to Washington to Alaska. Rocky shorelines, crystal lakes, mountains filled with wildlife… don’t miss a visit to this special part of the country.
Wildlife can be found at every turn, from sea to land. Breaching whales, seals, streams filled with trout, bears and more are common sightings.
Got outdoor-loving kids? This is the place for them with hiking, kayaking, biking and fishing top of mind for most visitors.
The Pacific Northwest is home to large National Parks such as Crater Lake, Olympic, Denali and Glacier Bay national parks.
The beautiful arboretum in Washington Park in Portland has several easy loop trails to choose from for hiking in Oregon. You’ll see some amazing trees as well as one that has been struck by lightning.
Let kids run wild with water works, a veterinarian office, grocery store, recycled art room, clay play, and a big stage they can perform on to their heart’s content!
There are few things in this world more magnificent and mesmerizing than the blue ice of a glacier. Most families reach at least one glacier during their time in Alaska, whether they’re cruising past the face of one on a multi-day or day-long cruise or hiking a trail to the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau.
The iconic Space Needle is a must for families to visit. Originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, you can ride a monorail to around the city.
Learn about science with hands-on exhibits and see the stars at the planetarium.
Explore the Columbia River Gorge and the hundreds of waterfalls throughout Oregon. Kids will love visiting Multnomah Falls and walking across the bridge where they can feel the spray from the 620 foot waterfall!
Introducing kids to Alaska Native culture is a perfect way to share U.S. history and open their minds. The Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage is the perfect place to learn about Alaska Native history and contemporary culture through exhibits, artist demonstrations, movies and performances.
Take your pick: Olympic National Park or Rainer National Park in Washington, Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, or Denali National Park in Alaska – there’s more than enough land to explore in all three states.
With its expansive wilderness beckoning to be explored, you’ll want to rent a car to see as much of it as you can. Consider a road trip along the coast between Vancouver, Canada, to the California border to enjoy pristine views. Even if visiting a city like Seattle, you may still want a car to explore outside. If cruising in the waters off of Alaska, tour groups will get you to interior and land-based activities.