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Choosing Your NW US Vacation Destination

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The Northwest is so rich with fun things to do and gorgeous sites to see, it can be difficult to narrow down your list of vacation options. Those who live in this region know that it would take a lifetime (or more!) to visit all the wonders that the Northwest holds. And while there are always new places to explore, old favorites can draw you again and again. You'll want to experience these places at different times of year, in different light and different season. For those who aren't lucky enough to live here, there are many reasons to choose the Northwest as your vacation destination.

This list will give you some getaway ideas and help you choose a destination where you can enjoy the experiences that fit your tastes and interests.

Family Fun in the Northwest

View of Mount St. Helens from the Johnston Ridge Visitor Center © Angela M. Brown (2009)
View of Mount St. Helens from the Johnston Ridge Visitor Center

Romantic Getaways in the Northwest

View of Hwy 95 Bridge over Lake Pend Oreille © Angela M. Brown (2007)
View of Hwy 95 Bridge over Lake Pend Oreille
Charming lodging, fine dining, and romantic strolling options make these destinations ideal for couples who want to spend quality time focusing on each other.

More Romantic Getaways in the Northwest

Wildlife Watching in the Northwest

Caribou Browsing Among the Fall Color in Denali National Park © Angela M. Brown
Caribou Browsing Among the Fall Color in Denali National Park

Whether you're interested in seeing creatures with fur, fins, or feathers, these locations offer the opportunity to view the region's gorgeous wildlife.

Golf Getaways in the Northwest

View of Floating Golf Green at The Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course ©Angela M. Brown 2009
Floating Golf Green at The Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course

You'll enjoy a variety of challenging courses surrounded by the Northwest's scenic wonders at each of these golf vacation spots.

More Golf Getaways in the Northwest

Experience History in the Northwest

Grave of Jeremiah Johnson at Old Trail Town in Cody, Wyoming © Angela M. Brown (2008)
Grave of Jeremiah Johnson at Old Trail Town in Cody, Wyoming

These historically-significant destinations offer interesting learning experiences in combination with hands-on activities and recreation.

Water Recreation in the Northwest

Windsurfer at Hood River (courtesy of Gorge Games)
Windsurfer at Hood River

You'll enjoy a broad range of water activities on these Northwest lakes and rivers, including whitewater rafting, water skiing, windsurfing, and houseboating.

Winter Vacations in the Northwest

Downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and sledding and tubing. You'll find it all in abundance in the Northwest.

More Winter Vacation Destinations in the Northwest

Top Ski Resorts in the Northwest

Wine and Wineries in the Northwest

Picture of King Estate Winery in Oregon ©Angela M. Brown (2010)
King Estate Winery in Oregon

Tours vineyards and wineries and sample the fruits of their labor in these scenic Northwest wine regions that take pride in their hospitality.

The Best of the Northwest

You can also choose to focus your Northwest vacation around one major attraction, such as a national park, a historic area, or a scenic wonder. Another choice is to combine a few of the Northwest's great visitor attractions into a multi-day road trip. Here are my picks for the best attractions in the Northwest US:

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