Are you looking for places to visit far and away from where you probably live? But does the idea of leaving the country not thrill you? One of the great things about the United States is just how big the country is with lots of space. Traveling inside the country lets you see new places and have new experiences without having to get a passport or visa, or worry about currency exchange and learning a different language and laws. Destinations in the Pacific Northwest await you, and not only are they cool places to visit, but might be much cooler than your hometown in the summertime. Keep reading to learn about four Pacific Northwest travel destinations that you might want to check out if you venture to the area.
Visit Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park is often called the ‘gem’ of the Pacific Northwest. Getting here really will mean getting away from it all, as the two closest airports are both 60 or more miles away. South-central Oregon is sparsely populated, and there are only a few hundred campsites here. However, the overwhelming sense of awe you’ll get from seeing this place will be something you never forget. The 6-mile wide crater has a deep blue lake following the cave in of a mountain.
Check out Seattle, Washington
If Crater Lake is the gem of the Pacific Northwest, then Seattle is the pearl. See the space needle, go to the theater, do some mountain biking, and visit the fish market all in the same day. Top it off with some great seafood dining before enjoying some Starbucks at the original location, or enjoy an afternoon of visiting places that started the grunge movement.
Visit Portland, Oregon
If coffee and craters aren’t your thing, but you’d like some good beer, then head to Portland. You’ll never be more than 15 minutes away from a brewpub. Here, hand-crafted beers aren’t just used for drinking, but even cooking and as an ingredient in some salad dressings. Enjoy urban amenities and entertainment at night while you explore mountains and waterfalls during the day.
Visit Bend, Oregon
If you’d like a nice balance between the vastness of nature and big cities, look at the Oregon city of Bend. This eclectic city features comfortable places to stay and eat with activities ranging from Yoga classes to shopping local artisans for one-of-a-kind handmade arts and crafts. The city is surrounded by national and state parks where you can enjoy outdoor activities.