Talk about scenery! The Northwest is a lush region known for its pristine beaches, green forests, live volcanoes, and dramatic coastline. We highly recommend visiting the vibrant cities and charming historic beach towns, plus keep an eye out for migrating whales.
Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry – Wasilla, Alaska
Zoom on over to the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry and explore te trains, planes, and heavy machinery.
Burke Ghost Town – Wallace, Idaho
This ghost town is hauntingly cool. Soar on over to this abandoned mining town built in a canyon so narrow the railroad ran through a hotel lobby.
Shoshone Falls – Twin Falls, Idaho
The 212-foot-tall Shoshone Falls along Snake River is a beautiful sight and is even nicknamed the “Niagara of the West.”
Boise River Greenbelt
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The Boise River Greenbelt in Idaho stretches 30 miles on both the North and Southside of the Boise River. The tree-lined pathway follows the river through the heart of Boise and provides scenic views, wildlife habitat, and pedestrian access to many of the city’s popular riverside parks. It’s an amazing part of Boise! Walk or rent a bike along any stretch and grab a seat along the way at one of the local breweries for a cold drink.
Museum of the Rockies – Bozeman, Montana
This dino-mite museum has an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils, including one of the largest Tyrannosaurus skulls. You can also see artifacts of the Plains American Indians, pioneer exhibits, and log cabins.
Glacier National Park – Montana
Visit the Crown of the Continent and experience pristine forests, spectacular mountains, beautiful lakes, and alpine meadows. The activities are endless and include camping, fishing, hiking, boating, and you can drive the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Thor’s Well – Yachats, Oregon
Thor’s Well is an old sea cave that collapsed and is now a seemingly bottomless sinkhole that swallows up the surrounding seawater. It’s a spectacular sight watching the waves crash in and out, especially during hightide.
Crater Lake National Park – Crater Lake, Oregon
This extremely deep lake makes an excellent spot for camping and hiking with intense deep blue waters and lava cliffs.
Bend Oregon is a nature lovers paradise. All summer long you can find trails to explore and camping under the stars. Start with the Deschutes National Forest, Tumalo State Park, or Pilot Butte. For an out of the ordinary tour, visit the Lava River Cave where you can explore lava tube that’s a mile long. Drake Park, LaPine State Park and Deschutes River Trail offer scenic water views.
Hall of Mosses – Forks, Washington
Explore the Hoh Rain Forest and Hall of Mosses to witness Washington’s lush and beautiful rainforests.
Brewery Park Tumwater Falls – Tumwater, Washington
Walk around the scenic loop trail along the Deschutes River and enjoy the cascading waterfalls. In September and October make sure you watch the fish ladder and keep an eye out for the salmon making their way upstream.
Ye Olde Curiosity Shop – Seattle, Washington
This 100-year-old souvenir shop and collection of bizarre things is truly one-of-a-kind. If you’re looking for shrunken heads, mummies, and mermaids, this is the shop for you.
Pioneer Park – Puyallup, Washington
Located in downtown Puyallup, this park is perfect for relaxing and spending family time outdoors. Play chess at the built-in tables or visit the farmers market in the spring and summer months.
Japanese Peace Garden – Moses Lake, Washington
From bamboo tea huts and waterfalls to a granite pagoda and tranquil ponds, this garden is worth a visit.
The Moses Lake area is filled with action packed activities. For some water fun, head over to the Moses Lake Surf ‘n Slide Water Park or Cascade Park. Ride Dunn Buggies at the Moses Lake Mud Flats and Sand. Ready to slow it down? The Japanese Peace Gardens and Moses Lake Museum & Art Center is calling your name.
Grand Prismatic Spring – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Take in the vivid, stunning colors at the largest hot spring in the United States. The rings of color that surround the pools piercing blue center are gorgeous.
Devils Tower– Devils Tower, Wyoming
Check out the first declared National Monument in the United States. Nature lovers and climbers would love the unique-looking iconic landmark.
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