RacheyZee’s Top 20 Places to Visit in the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest region of North America is a truly unique and captivating destination that offers something for everyone. From rugged coastlines and towering mountains, to lush rainforests and charming small towns, the Pacific Northwest is a nature lover’s paradise.

One of the main draws of the Pacific Northwest is the abundance of outdoor activities available. Visitors can hike through the lush rainforests of Olympic National Park, explore the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean, or take in the stunning views of the Cascade Mountains. The region also offers great opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, fishing, and many other activities.

The Pacific Northwest is also known for its rich cultural heritage, history, and art. Visitors can explore the indigenous culture of the region, visit historic sites such as Fort Casey State Park and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, or take in the local art scene in towns such as Langley and Coupeville.

The Pacific Northwest also boasts a vibrant food and drink scene, with a wide variety of local produce, seafood, and craft beers and wines. Visitors can sample the famous Pacific Northwest seafood, such as Dungeness crab and oysters, or indulge in a locally brewed coffee or craft beer.

Overall, the Pacific Northwest is a diverse and captivating destination that offers visitors the chance to explore stunning natural landscapes, indulge in delicious local cuisine, and experience the rich cultural heritage of the region. It’s a great place for those who love outdoor activities, nature, culture and art.

January 2023 marks 9 years since I moved to Seattle from Iowa! During my time here I have been grateful to have visited almost all of the below Top 20 Vacation Destinations that I would recommend in the Pacific Northwest. The only ones I have not been able to visit are Whistler, BC and Mt. Baker but I hope to right those wrongs shortly 😋. They make the list due to the overwhelming positive rating I have received from friends and family. To be as real as possible I have only included pictures from my visits. Happy Exploring!

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1. Whistler, BC: is a renowned year-round destination located in British Columbia, known for its stunning mountains, world-class skiing and snowboarding, and vibrant village atmosphere. In the winter, visitors can hit the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb, one of the largest ski resorts in North America, offering over 8,100 skiable acres and 16 alpine bowls. In the summer, visitors can take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain, hike or bike one of the many trails, or take a dip in one of the local lakes. Whistler also has a lively village with plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars to explore. It’s important to be aware that during peak season, accommodations and lift tickets tend to sell out quickly, so it’s recommended to plan and book ahead of time.

Picture from Tourism Whistler since this is only 1 of 2 places I have not been YET on my list

2. Vancouver Island is a large island located off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest island on the west coast of North America, and is known for its natural beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, and charming small towns.

Some of the must-see attractions on Vancouver Island include the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, which offers a variety of hiking trails, beaches, and wildlife viewing opportunities, the city of Victoria, which is the capital of British Columbia and is known for its charming architecture, historic sites, and gardens, and the West Coast Trail, which is a challenging backpacking trail that offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the many opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping, and wildlife viewing on the island. Visitors can also explore the island’s rugged coastline, go kayaking or whale watching in the nearby waters or even go on a bear watching tour in the island’s interior.

Vancouver Island is also home to several small towns, such as Tofino, which is known for its surf culture, and Ucluelet, which is a popular spot for fishing and wildlife viewing. The island also has a thriving arts and culture scene, with many artists and artisans selling their work in local galleries and studios.

😋 RacheyZee’s Triscuit of Information: It’s important to note that the island is quite large and it takes a while to travel from one end to another, so it’s recommended to plan ahead and decide which area of the island you would like to focus on, and plan your itinerary accordingly. Also, be aware that some areas of the island can be quite remote, so it’s always best to be prepared and check the weather forecast before embarking on your trip.

  • Victoria: Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada, known for its charming Victorian architecture, beautiful gardens, and world-class museums. Visitors should definitely check out the famous Butchart Gardens, which are home to a variety of flowers and plants from around the world. The gardens are especially beautiful in the summer, when the flowers are in bloom. Other popular sights to see in Victoria include the Royal British Columbia Museum, the Parliament Buildings, and the Craigdarroch Castle.

😋 RacheyZee’s Recommendations: Tapa Bar, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, Fairmont Express (not need for Tea, but worth a stroll through the lobby or a drink at the bar. Vancouver Island Brewing

😋 RacheyZee’s Triscuit of Information: How to get there: Get there without a car by taking the Clipper (Highly recommend! It is a built in whale watching trip!) Or drive to Port Angeles, WA and take the Black Ball Ferry, which is a car ferry (I have done this as well, it was nice to have car but made the trip a lot longer and expensive).

3. Bellingham: Bellingham is a charming college town located in the northwest corner of Washington state. Known for its laid-back atmosphere and beautiful scenery, Bellingham is the perfect place to visit for a day trip or a weekend getaway. Visitors should definitely check out the historic Fairhaven neighborhood, which is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes. The neighborhood is also home to the beautiful Taylor Dock, which offers fantastic views of the bay and the surrounding mountains. Other popular sights to see in Bellingham include the Whatcom Museum, the Bellingham Farmers Market, and the Western Washington University campus.

😋 RacheyZee’s Recommendations: 1-Up Lounge, Fairhaven Stones Throw Brewery, Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, Fairhaven Village Inn, Little Cheerful Cafe.

4. Mt. Baker is an active stratovolcano located in the North Cascades of Washington. It is known for its spectacular scenery and outdoor recreational opportunities. Visitors can take a scenic drive on the Mt. Baker Highway, which offers stunning views of the mountain and the surrounding area. Some must-see attractions include Artist Point, which offers a panoramic view of the mountain and its glaciers, and the Mt. Baker Ski Area, which is a popular spot for skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Visitors should be aware that the road to the mountain can be closed during the winter months due to heavy snowfall and it’s recommend to check the road conditions before embarking on your trip.

2. Vancouver, BC: Vancouver is a vibrant and diverse city located in British Columbia, Canada. Known for its stunning natural beauty and world-class amenities, Vancouver is a must-see destination in the Pacific Northwest. Visitors should definitely check out Stanley Park, a beautiful urban park that offers fantastic views of the city and the ocean. The park is home to a variety of attractions, including the famous Seawall, which is perfect for walking, biking, and rollerblading. Other popular sights to see in Vancouver include the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Granville Island, and the Museum of Anthropology. For those looking for a more laid-back experience, take a stroll around Gastown, a historic neighborhood that is home to a number of trendy shops, restaurants, and cafes.

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6. The I-90 Pass is a section of the I-90 highway that runs through the Cascade Mountains in Washington state, USA. It connects Seattle, the largest city in the state, to other cities in the eastern part of the state such as Bellevue, Issaquah, and Ellensburg. The I-90 pass is known for its scenic views, including the Snoqualmie Falls, which is a popular tourist attraction, as well as for its challenging and often snowy driving conditions during the winter months. The I-90 pass is also home to several ski resorts, such as the Summit at Snoqualmie, which offers skiing and snowboarding during the winter. During the summer, it’s a great way to access some of the state’s popular hiking and camping spot such as the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and the Norse peak wilderness. Due to the weather conditions and the steep terrain, it’s important to check the road conditions before embarking on your trip and come prepared with chains or winter tires if needed.

  • Snoqualmie Falls is a beautiful waterfall located in the Pacific Northwest, specifically in the city of Snoqualmie, Washington. It is a 268-foot waterfall that is considered one of the most popular attractions in the area. The falls are located on the Snoqualmie River and can be easily accessed from the city center. The falls are a popular spot for visitors to take in the natural beauty of the area. The viewing platform offers a fantastic view of the falls, and visitors can also take a short hike to the base of the falls for a closer look. The area around the falls also offers a variety of hiking trails, which offer great views of the falls and the surrounding forest.
  • Cle Elum: Cle Elum is a small city located in the Pacific Northwest known for its beautiful forests, recreational opportunities, and friendly community. Visitors should definitely check out the Cle Elum River Trail, which offers a great hiking and biking trail that runs along the Cle Elum River. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as fishing and kayaking, in the surrounding area. The city is home to a variety of parks, such as the Cle Elum Lake Park, which offers a playground, a picnic area, and a boat launch. Visitors should also check out the nearby Suncadia Resort, which offers a variety of activities such as golfing, spa, and dining options.
  • Roslyn: Roslyn is a small town located in the Pacific Northwest known for its beautiful scenery, recreational opportunities, and friendly community. Visitors should definitely check out the Roslyn Museum and Coal Mines, which offers a great look into the history of the area and the people who have lived there. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and fishing, in the surrounding area.
  • Lake Kachess: Lake Kachess is a beautiful lake located in the Pacific Northwest, known for its stunning scenery, recreational opportunities, and diverse marine life. Visitors should definitely check out the hiking and biking trails that surround the lake, which offer great views of the lake and the surrounding landscape. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, and kayaking, on the lake.
  • Suncadia: Suncadia is a popular destination located in the Pacific Northwest known for its beautiful scenery, recreational opportunities, and friendly community. Visitors should definitely check out the Suncadia Resort, which offers a variety of activities such as golfing, spa, and dining options. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and fishing, in the surrounding area. The resort also offers a variety of accommodation options, such as hotel rooms, vacation rentals, and even a RV park.

7. The Gorge: The Gorge Amphitheater is a world-class concert venue located in George, Washington, known for its beautiful natural setting and fantastic acoustics. Visitors should definitely check out a concert at the Gorge, which offers a unique and unforgettable experience. The venue is home to a variety of acts throughout the year, including popular bands and musicians.

8. Walla Walla Wine Country: Walla Walla is a charming small town located in southeast Washington, known for its beautiful downtown area and world-class wineries. Visitors should definitely check out the historic downtown area, which is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes. The town is also home to a number of wineries, many of which offer tours and tastings

9. Tri-Cities Area in Washington state refers to the three cities of Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco, which are located in the southeastern part of the state. These cities are situated along the Columbia River, and offer a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities and cultural attractions.

One of the main attractions in the Tri-Cities is the Columbia River, which offers opportunities for fishing, boating, and other water activities. Visitors can also explore the many parks and nature preserves in the area, such as the Horn Rapids County Park, which offers hiking and biking trails, and the Sacajawea State Park, which has a playground, picnic areas and a boat launch.

The Tri-Cities also have a rich cultural heritage, and visitors can explore the area’s history at the Hanford Reach National Monument, which tells the story of the Manhattan Project and the creation of the atomic bomb, and the Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology, which showcases the history and culture of the region.

The Tri-Cities are also known for their wine industry, and visitors can take a tour of the many wineries in the area and sample the local wines. The area also has a variety of local restaurants, shopping centers and golf courses.

😋 RacheyZee’s Triscuit of Information: It’s important to note that the Tri-Cities are located in a semi-arid area, so visitors should be prepared for hot and dry weather during the summer months and pack accordingly. Also, it’s recommended to check the schedule of events and festivals in the area and plan accordingly.

  • Yakima: Yakima is a city located in Central Washington, known for its beautiful natural setting and outdoor recreation opportunities. Visitors should definitely check out the Yakima River Canyon, which offers fantastic views of the Yakima River and the surrounding mountains. The canyon is home to a variety of hiking and biking trails, as well as fishing and rafting opportunities. Other popular activities in Yakima include visiting the Yakima Valley Museum, which offers a glimpse into the history of the region, and the Yakima Valley Trolleys, which offer scenic rides through the city.
  • Richland is a city located in the Tri-Cities area of Washington state. It is known for its scenic beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities and its history. Visitors can explore the Hanford Reach National Monument, which tells the story of the Manhattan Project and the creation of the atomic bomb, and the Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology, which showcases the history and culture of the region. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the many parks and nature preserves in the area, such as the Horn Rapids County Park, which offers hiking and biking trails, and the Sacajawea State Park, which has a playground, picnic areas, and a boat launch. The city also offers a variety of local restaurants, shopping centers, and golf courses.
  • Kennewick is a city located in the Tri-Cities area of Washington state. It is known for its scenic beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, and its rich cultural heritage. Visitors can explore the many parks and nature preserves in the area, such as the Columbia Park, which offers a variety of recreational activities, including a playground, picnic areas, and a boat launch. The city is also home to the Tri-Cities Water Follies, an annual hydroplane race event that takes place on the Columbia River. Visitors can also explore the area’s history at the Pacific Northwest Museum of Natural History, which showcases the natural history of the region, and the Toy and Tool Museum, which showcases the history of tools and toys.
  • Pasco is a city located in the Tri-Cities area of Washington state. It is known for its scenic beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, and its rich cultural heritage. Visitors can explore the many parks and nature preserves in the area, such as the Sacajawea State Park, which offers a variety of recreational activities, including hiking, biking, and boating. Visitors can also explore the area’s history at the Franklin County Historical Museum, which showcases the history of the region, and the McNary Lock and Dam, which offers a glimpse into the history of the hydroelectric industry. The city also offers a variety of local restaurants, shopping centers, and golf courses.

10. Leavenworth: Leavenworth is a charming Bavarian-style village located in the Cascade Mountains, known for its picturesque setting and outdoor recreation opportunities. Visitors should definitely check out the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, which is home to a collection of nutcrackers from around the world. The village is also home to a number of hiking and biking trails, as well as skiing and snowboarding opportunities in the winter. Other popular activities in Leavenworth include visiting the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm, which offers reindeer feeding and sleigh rides, and the Leavenworth Summer Theater, which offers a variety of live performances throughout the summer.

11. Chelan: Chelan is a beautiful lakeside town located in Central Washington, known for its beautiful natural setting and outdoor recreation opportunities. Visitors should definitely check out the Lake Chelan State Park, which offers fantastic views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. The park is home to a variety of hiking and biking trails, as well as swimming and boating opportunities. Other popular activities in Chelan include visiting the Chelan County Historical Society Museum, which offers a glimpse into the history of the region, and the Chelan Valley Farmers Market, which offers a variety of local produce and crafts.

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12. Hood Canal is a beautiful waterway located in the Pacific Northwest, known for its stunning scenery, recreational opportunities, and diverse marine life. Visitors should definitely check out the Hood Canal Bridge, which offers great views of the canal and the surrounding landscape. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, and kayaking, in the surrounding area. The canal is home to a variety of seafood restaurants that serve fresh and delicious seafood, such as oysters, clams, and salmon. Visitors can also explore the nearby Dosewallips State Park, which offers great hiking and camping opportunities.

  • Belfair: Belfair is a small town located in Western Washington, known for its beautiful natural setting and outdoor recreation opportunities. Visitors should definitely check out the Tahuya State Forest, which offers fantastic views of the Hood Canal and the surrounding mountains. The forest is home to a variety of hiking and biking trails, as well as fishing and hunting opportunities. Other popular activities in Belfair include visiting the Belfair State Park, which offers a variety of recreational opportunities, and the Belfair Farmers Market, which offers a variety of local produce and crafts.
  • Shelton: Shelton is a small city located in the Pacific Northwest known for its beautiful forests, recreational opportunities, and friendly community. Visitors should definitely check out the Shelton Farmers Market, which offers a variety of local produce, crafts, and live music. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and fishing, in the surrounding area. The city is home to a variety of parks, such as the Shelton Memorial Park, which offers a playground, a skatepark, and a BMX track. Visitors should also check out the Little Creek Casino Resort, which offers a variety of games, shows, and dining options.
  • Lake Cushman is a beautiful lake located in the Pacific Northwest, known for its stunning scenery, recreational opportunities, and diverse marine life. Visitors should definitely check out the hiking and biking trails that surround the lake, which offer great views of the lake and the surrounding landscape. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, and kayaking, on the lake. The lake is home to a variety of parks, such as the Cushman Lake Park, which offers a playground, a picnic area, and a boat launch. Visitors should also check out the nearby Olympic National Forest, which offers great hiking and camping opportunities.
  • Bremerton: Bremerton is a city located in the Pacific Northwest, known for its beautiful waterfront, recreational opportunities, and friendly community. Visitors should definitely check out the Bremerton Boardwalk, which offers great views of the harbor and the Olympic Mountains. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, and kayaking, in the surrounding area. The city is home to a variety of museums and cultural attractions, such as the Bremerton Naval Museum, which offers a great look into the history of the area and the people who have lived there. Visitors should also check out the nearby Olympic College, which offers a variety of educational programs and cultural events.

13. Island Life: The Pacific Northwest has a vast number of islands with diverse landscapes, activities and charming towns, making it a popular destination for island-hopping, outdoor activities, and exploring the local culture. In Washington state, there are several island groups, including the San Juan Islands, which are located in the northern part of Puget Sound, near the Canadian border and are known for their natural beauty, wildlife, and outdoor activities. The island group of the Gulf Islands located between the mainland of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, and are known for their picturesque landscapes, charming small towns, and marine activities. The Puget Sound area also includes several other islands like Camano Island, Vashon Island, and Whidbey Island.

  • San Juan Islands: The San Juan Islands are a group of islands located in the Pacific Northwest, known for their stunning natural beauty and abundance of marine life. Visitors should definitely take a ferry to one of the islands, such as Orcas Island or Lopez Island, and explore the various parks, beaches, and hiking trails. The islands are also home to a number of wildlife, including seals, sea lions, and whales, which can often be seen from the ferries or on whale-watching tours. Other popular activities on the islands include kayaking, sailing, and bird-watching.
  • Camano Island: Camano Island is a beautiful island located in the Puget Sound, known for its beautiful beaches, parks, and hiking trails. Visitors should definitely check out the Camano Island State Park, which offers fantastic views of the island and the surrounding waters. The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, raccoons, and eagles, which can often be seen from the hiking trails. Other popular activities on the island include fishing, boating, and bird-watching.
  • Bainbridge Island: Bainbridge Island is a popular destination located in the Pacific Northwest, known for its beautiful scenery, recreational opportunities, and friendly community. Visitors should definitely check out the Bloedel Reserve, which offers a variety of beautiful gardens and hiking trails. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, and kayaking, in the surrounding area. The island is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries, which offer a great opportunity to explore the local culture and art scene. Visitors should also check out the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, which offers a variety of art exhibits and educational programs.
  • Vashon Island is a rural island located in Puget Sound, near Seattle. Visitors can explore the island’s many parks, such as Point Robinson Park, which offers stunning views of the Sound and is a popular spot for birdwatching, and the Vashon Island Land Trust, which has a variety of hiking trails and outdoor activities. Visitors can also check out the island’s many art galleries and studios, such as the Blue Heron Art Center, which features local artists, and the Vashon Island Pottery Studio, which offers pottery classes. The island can be reached by ferry from Seattle and it’s recommend to check the schedule ahead of time.
  • Whidbey Island is home to several small towns, including Langley, Coupeville, and Oak Harbor. Langley is a picturesque town located on the south end of the island and is known for its art galleries, shops, and restaurants. Coupeville is the island’s historical hub, it’s home to the Island County Historical Society Museum and the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, which is a protected area that preserves the island’s historical and cultural resources. Oak Harbor, on the other hand, is the largest city on the island, it’s home to the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, and offers a variety of amenities such as restaurants, shops, and recreational activities. The island is also home to several state and county parks, including Fort Casey State Park, Deception Pass State Park, and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. These parks offer a variety of activities such as hiking, biking, and camping, and offer stunning views of the surrounding area.

14. The Olympic Peninsula is a large peninsula located in the northwest corner of the state of Washington in the United States. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, and Puget Sound to the east. The peninsula is known for its diverse landscapes, which include old-growth rainforests, rugged coastline, and snow-capped mountains. The Olympic Mountains, which are the centerpiece of the Olympic National Park, are located on the peninsula. The Olympic Peninsula is also home to several small towns, such as Forks and Port Angeles, as well as several Indian reservations. It offers a great variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, skiing and more. Visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty of the region and the many recreational opportunities it offers.

  • Olympic National Park is a vast and diverse park located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. Visitors can explore the park’s three main regions: the Pacific coastline, the rainforest, and the alpine areas. Some must-see attractions include the Hoh Rainforest, a temperate rainforest known for its lush vegetation and hiking trails, Hurricane Ridge, which offers stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and is a popular spot for skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, and the Sol Duc Hot Springs, which offer natural hot springs for soaking. It is recommended to bring warm clothing and waterproof gear as the weather can be unpredictable.
  • Port Angeles: Port Angeles is a beautiful coastal city located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, known for its stunning natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities. Visitors should definitely check out the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, which offers information and exhibits about the park’s natural and cultural history. The city is also home to a variety of hiking and biking trails, as well as fishing and boating opportunities. Other popular activities in Port Angeles include visiting the Feiro Marine Life Center, which offers information and exhibits about the marine life of the area, and the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, which offers a variety of art exhibits and performances.
  • La Push and Forks: La Push is a small coastal town located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, known for its beautiful natural setting and outdoor recreation opportunities. Visitors should definitely check out the First Beach, which offers fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding mountains. The beach is home to a variety of hiking and biking trails, as well as swimming and boating opportunities. Other popular activities in La Push include visiting the Quileute Reservation, which offers a glimpse into the culture and history of the Quileute tribe, and the Forks Visitor Center, which offers information and exhibits about the area’s natural and cultural history.
  • The Hoh Rainforest is a temperate rainforest located within Olympic National Park. This is one of the most popular and unique places to visit in the Pacific Northwest. Visitors can take a hike on the Hall of Mosses trail, which is a short, easy trail that offers a chance to see the forest’s lush vegetation, including mosses, ferns, and giant trees. The Hoh River trail is another popular hike that offers a chance to see a variety of wildlife, including elk and black bears. It is important to be prepared for wet weather and to pack rain gear and warm clothing.

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15. Tacoma: Tacoma is a city located in Western Washington, known for its beautiful natural setting and outdoor recreation opportunities. Visitors should definitely check out the Point Defiance Park, which offers fantastic views of the Puget Sound and the surrounding mountains. The park is home to a variety of hiking and biking trails, as well as swimming and boating opportunities. Other popular activities in Tacoma include visiting the Tacoma Art Museum, which offers a variety of contemporary art exhibits, and the Tacoma Glassblowing Studio, which offers glassblowing classes and demonstrations.

Movies filmed in Tacoma, WA:

  • “10 Things I Hate About You” (1999): This romantic comedy, starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles, was filmed in several locations around Tacoma, including Stadium High School, which served as the backdrop for the high school scenes.
  • “Say Anything” (1989): This romantic comedy-drama, starring John Cusack and Ione Skye, was filmed in several locations around Tacoma, including the University of Puget Sound and the Tacoma Mall.
  • “The Ring” (2002): This horror movie, starring Naomi Watts, was filmed in several locations around Tacoma, including Point Defiance Park, which served as the backdrop for the forest scenes.
  • “Twilight” (2008): This supernatural romance film, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, was filmed in several locations around Tacoma, including the Henry M. Jackson High School and the Forks High School.
  • “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” (1992): This psychological thriller, starring Annabella Sciorra and Rebecca De Mornay, was filmed in several locations around Tacoma, including the Tacoma Public Library and the Tacoma Art Museum.
  • Point Defiance Zoo: Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is a popular destination located in Tacoma, Washington known for its diverse collection of animals, interactive exhibits, and educational programs. Visitors should definitely check out the Zoo’s tigers, elephants, and red pandas. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of interactive exhibits, such as the Zoo’s North Pacific Aquarium, which offers a variety of marine life.
  • Downtown Tacoma: Downtown Tacoma is a vibrant and historic area of the city, known for its great restaurants, shops, and cultural attractions. Visitors should definitely check out the Tacoma Art Museum, which offers a variety of art exhibits and programs. Visitors can also take a walk along the Ruston Way waterfront, which offers beautiful views.

😋 RacheyZee’s Recommendations: McMenamins Elks Temple

16. Mt. Rainer National Park: Mt. Rainer National Park is a beautiful national park located in Western Washington, known for its stunning natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities. Visitors should definitely check out the Paradise Visitor Center, which offers fantastic views of Mt. Rainer and the surrounding mountains. The park is home to a variety of hiking and biking trails, as well as camping and picnicking opportunities. Other popular activities in the park include visiting the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center, which offers information and exhibits about the park’s natural and cultural history, and the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center, which offers information and exhibits about the park’s geology and ecology.

17. The Oregon and Washington Coast: The Oregon and Washington coast are known for their stunning natural beauty, with miles of sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, and scenic views of the Pacific Ocean. Visitors should definitely check out Cannon Beach in Oregon, which is home to Haystack Rock, a famous sea stack that is a popular spot for photography and bird-watching. Another must-see spot on the coast is Ecola State Park, which offers beautiful hiking trails and panoramic views of the ocean. In Washington, visitors should check out Ruby Beach, which is known for its beautiful sunsets and tide pools. Another popular spot is Rialto Beach, which offers great hiking trails and an excellent spot for sea-lion watching.

  • Ocean Shores: Ocean Shores is a coastal town located in Western Washington, known for its beautiful natural setting and outdoor recreation opportunities. Visitors should definitely check out the Ocean Shores Beach, which offers fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding mountains. The beach is home to a variety of hiking and biking trails, as well as swimming and boating opportunities. Other popular activities in Ocean Shores include visiting the Ocean Shores History Museum, which offers a glimpse into the history of the region, and the Ocean Shores Farmers Market, which offers a variety of local produce and crafts.
  • Long Beach: Long Beach, Washington is a small coastal town located on the southern coast of the state. It is known for its long stretches of sandy beaches and the iconic Long Beach Peninsula, which separates the Pacific Ocean from Willapa Bay. The town is a popular destination for those looking to enjoy the outdoors and the beach. One of the main attractions in Long Beach is the beach itself, which stretches for 28 miles along the coast. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities on the beach, such as swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing. There are also several parks in the area that offer great spots for picnicking and barbecuing, as well as playgrounds for children. For those who are interested in outdoor activities, Long Beach offers a variety of options such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The Discovery Trail, which runs along the beach for more than 20 miles, offers great opportunities for hiking and biking. Visitors can also explore the nearby Willapa Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to a variety of bird species and other wildlife. Long Beach also offers a variety of cultural and historical attractions, such as the World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame, which showcases the history of kite-flying and features a collection of kites from around the world. Visitors can also check out the historic Cranberry Museum, which offers an in-depth look into the history of the area’s cranberry industry.
  • Cannon Beach is a popular coastal town located in the Pacific Northwest, known for its beautiful beaches and scenic views. Visitors should definitely check out Cannon Beach, which is home to Haystack Rock, a famous sea stack that is a popular spot for photography and bird-watching. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding, in the surrounding area. The beach is also home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries, which offer a great opportunity to explore the local culture and art scene. Visitors should also check out the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum, which offers an in-depth look into the history of the area and the people who have lived there. For those who are interested in outdoor activities, the surrounding area offers a variety of options such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The Ecola State Park is a popular spot, which offers beautiful hiking trails and panoramic views of the ocean. Visitors can also explore the nearby Tillamook Head Trail, which offers great views of the coast and the surrounding forest.
  • Lincoln City: Lincoln City is a small coastal city located on the Oregon Coast, known for its beautiful beaches, scenic views, and outdoor recreational opportunities. Visitors should definitely check out the Lincoln City Beach, which offers 7 miles of sandy beach and great views of the Pacific Ocean. The beach is home to a variety of hiking and biking trails, as well as swimming and boating opportunities. Other popular activities in Lincoln City include visiting the Lincoln City Cultural Center, which offers a variety of art exhibits and performances, and the Lincoln City Outlets, which offers a variety of shopping opportunities.
  • Pacific City, which is home to the famous Pelican Brewing Company and Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area. Visitors can also take a drive along the Three Capes Scenic Loop, which offers beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding mountains.
  • Tillamook Cheese Factory: Another must-see spot in the area is the Tillamook Cheese Factory, which offers tours of the factory and the opportunity to sample a variety of delicious cheeses. Visitors can also take a short drive to the nearby towns of Newport and Depoe Bay, which offer a variety of shops, restaurants, and other attractions. Visitors should be aware that the Oregon Coast can be very windy, so it’s best to bring a jacket and dress in layers.
  • Rogue Brewery: Rogue Brewery is a popular destination for beer lovers visiting the Pacific Northwest. Located in Newport, Oregon, the brewery offers a variety of tours and tastings that allow visitors to learn about the brewing process and sample a variety of delicious beers. The brewery is known for its unique and innovative beers, which are made using locally-sourced ingredients. Visitors can also purchase merchandise and take-home growlers of their favorite beers. It’s a must-visit spot for beer enthusiasts, and it’s best to check the website for tour availability and timings.
  • Oregon Zoo: The Oregon Zoo, located in Portland, is a must-see destination for visitors of all ages. The zoo is home to a wide variety of animals, including elephants, lions, and gorillas, as well as a variety of birds and reptiles. The zoo also features a variety of educational exhibits and programs, which provide visitors with an in-depth look into the lives and habitats of the animals. Visitors should also check out the zoo’s famous train ride, which offers a scenic tour of the zoo. The zoo is open year-round, but it’s best to check the website for the seasonal hours and ticket prices.
  • Cape Disappointment: Cape Disappointment State Park is a beautiful coastal park located in the town of Ilwaco, Washington. The park offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, such as hiking, fishing, and camping. Visitors can also take a tour of the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, which offers beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding landscape. The park is also home to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, which tells the story of the famous explorers and their journey through the area. Visitors should be aware that the park can be very windy, so it’s best to bring a jacket and dress in layers.

18. Oregon Wine Country: Oregon Wine Country is known for its beautiful scenery, world-class wines, and delicious food. Visitors should definitely check out the Willamette Valley, which is home to over 500 wineries and offers a variety of tasting rooms and vineyards to explore. Some popular wineries to visit include Willamette Valley Vineyards, Ponzi Vineyards, and Adelsheim Vineyard. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful scenery by taking a bike tour or a hot air balloon ride.

  • McMinnville: McMinnville is a charming small town located in Oregon, known for its beautiful natural setting and outdoor recreation opportunities. Visitors should definitely check out the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, which offers information and exhibits about the history of aviation and space exploration. The town is also home to a variety of hiking and biking trails, as well as fishing and boating opportunities. Other popular activities in McMinnville include visiting the Linfield College, which offers a variety of cultural and educational events, and the McMinnville Farmers Market, which offers a variety of local produce and crafts.

19. The Columbia Gorge is a spectacular natural area located in the Pacific Northwest, specifically in the states of Oregon and Washington. It is known for its stunning scenery, including deep canyons, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests. The Columbia River runs through the gorge and provides many recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating and swimming.

One of the most popular attractions in the Columbia Gorge is the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. This protected area offers a variety of hiking trails that take visitors through the gorge and provide breathtaking views of the river and the surrounding landscape. The Eagle Creek Trail is a popular hike that takes visitors through a narrow canyon and past several waterfalls, including the spectacular Punchbowl Falls.

  • Pacific Crest Trail: The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,650-mile trail that runs from Mexico to Canada, passing through California, Oregon, and Washington. Visitors should definitely check out the section of the trail in the Pacific Northwest, which offers beautiful views of the mountains, forests, and rivers. The trail is perfect for hiking and camping, and offers a chance to see a variety of wildlife and plants. Some popular spots on the trail include Crater Lake National Park, Mount Hood National Forest, and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
  • Bridge of the Gods: Bridge of the Gods is a beautiful bridge located in the Pacific Northwest, known for its stunning natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities. Visitors should definitely check out the Bridge of the Gods, which offers fantastic views of the Columbia River and the surrounding mountains. The bridge is home to a variety of hiking and biking trails, as well as fishing and boating opportunities. Other popular activities in the area include visiting the Bonneville Dam, which offers information and exhibits about the history and operation of the dam, and the Cascade Locks.
  • Multnomah Falls: Multnomah Falls is a beautiful waterfall located in the Columbia River Gorge, known for its stunning natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities. Visitors should definitely check out the Multnomah Falls, which offers fantastic views of the waterfall and the surrounding mountains. The waterfall is home to a variety of hiking and biking trails, as well as picnicking and fishing opportunities. Other popular activities in the area include visiting the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, which offers beautiful hiking trails, and the Benson Bridge, which offers great views of the waterfall. Visitors should be aware that the parking lot at the falls fills up quickly, especially on weekends, so it’s best to arrive early or take public transportation.
  • Where to stay: Columbia Gorge Riverside Lodge

20. South Oregon offers a great experience for visitors. Eugene and Bend are two different destinations that offer visitors a glimpse into the rich history and cultural heritage of the area. Both destinations offer a variety of outdoor activities, recreational opportunities and a friendly community. Visitors can enjoy both destinations on a day trip or a vacation.

  • Eugene: Eugene is a city located in the Pacific Northwest, known for its beautiful parks, recreational opportunities, and friendly community. Visitors should definitely check out the University of Oregon, which offers a variety of educational programs and cultural events. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and fishing, in the surrounding area. The city is home to a variety of museums and cultural attractions, such as the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, which offers a great look into the history of the area and the people who have lived there. Visitors should also check out the nearby Alton Baker Park, which offers a variety of hiking trails and picnic areas.
  • Bend: Bend is a popular destination located in the Pacific Northwest, known for its beautiful scenery, recreational opportunities, and friendly community. Visitors should definitely check out the Bend River Promenade, which offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and fishing, in the surrounding area. The city is home to a variety of parks, such as the Drake Park, which offers a playground, a picnic area, and a boat launch. Visitors should also check out the nearby Tumalo State Park, which offers a variety of hiking trails and picnic areas.


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