DIVERSE CLIMATE & GEOLOGY
Think the Northwestern section of the United States is just one big evergreen forest? Think again.
Two Distinct Regions
The Cascades Mountain Range divides the Northwest into two distinct regions. West of these mountains, the climate is wet and mild. East of the Cascades the weather is drier and more extreme, with cold snowy winters and long hot summers.
Water, Water, Everywhere
Water is part of life in the Northwest, providing abundant opportunities to enjoy recreation and scenery. To the west you'll find the Pacific Ocean and Puget Sound. The entire region is dotted with lakes and rivers.
Dry Desert Conditions
The region that lies between the Cascades and Rocky Mountain Ranges is desert country. The terrain is flat and covered with sagebrush, junipers, and volcanic rocks.
Unique Geologic Wonders
The landscape of the Northwestern United States includes active and dormant volcanoes, fossil beds, river gorges, sand dunes, and ancient glaciers.
The Northwest region is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean; the ocean beaches are wild and rugged and glorious. Beach combing, kite flying, and storm watching are popular activities along the Oregon and Washington coast.
The Puget Sound provides miles of waterfront destinations and is filled with unique island communities and fascinating wildlife.
Steep-sided river valleys make for some gorgeous scenery and exciting recreational opportunities. The Columbia, Snake, and Rogue rivers create some of the major gorges found in the Northwest.
Temperate Rain Forests
Found in coastal areas, these dense moss-covered forests are a green wonderland that always inspires the artist within.
Lakes & Mountains
You'll find hundreds of lakes and rivers throughout the Northwest, ranging from tiny to huge. The mountainous terrain combines with all this water to create many spectacular waterfalls.
The Bounty of Nature
The Northwest is home to a thriving agriculture industry. The region's orchards, fields, and vineyards provide their own scenic beauty.