The water-positive side of a Seattle visit includes possibly seeing orcas, lodging with water views at Inn at the Market Seattle, dining on crab and other local seafood at Chandler's Crabhouse, kayaking on Lake Union, seeing a sunset from Alki Park. and exploring the San Juan Islands from Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Possibly travel one way on the ferry Victoria Clipper III and the other way on a Kenmore Air deHavilland Otter seaplane.
Boise Idaho appeals to travelers because of its historic architecture, such as the Old Idaho Penitentiary, and its downtown greenbelt, the Julia Davis Park. Nearby you can raft the Salmon River, overnight at the Shepp guest ranch, and visit the World Center for Birds of Prey, where the peregrine falcon was saved.
Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington State intrigues with its white summit of glaciers, its volcanic legacy, the Paradise Visitor Center and Longmire family heritage, and the hiking and climbing opportunities as a visitor circles the mountain.
From Portland, an exploration of the Columbia River offers you Astoria, Fort Clatsop, Multnomah Falls, and the Bonneville Dam.
"Saving the peregrine falcon from extinction has been the finest conservation success story in the history of wildlife," asserted Morley Nelson. He helped create the World Center for Birds of Prey, near Boise, Idaho, and the nearby Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.
North Cascades National Park in Washington State, near Seattle, provides a traveler with good hikes, mountain scenery, and river views with salmon fishing along the Skagit River. Camping is possible at Goodell and Newhalen.
The Bohart Ranch (seven rooms) and the Lone Mountain Ranch (20 cabins), both near Bozeman in southern Montana, do a booming winter business for cross-country skiers.
Mt. Hood is the loveliest of the Cascade chain of extinct volcanoes in Oregon.While touring, see the Hood River Valley, lumbering at Elkhorn, and the Timberline Lodge.
Though the Grand Canyon of the Colorado is the best known "canyon" in the U.S., it is not actually the deepest. That honor falls to spectacular, 7,900-foot Hells Canyon on the Snake River of Idaho.
Washington State's Olympic National Park appeals to travelers because of its majestic mountain Mt. Olympus, its rain forests including the Hoh Queets and Quinalt , its rugged coastline with beaches such as Rialto Beach, and over 600 miles of hiking trails. Circle Mt. Olympus and Hurricane Ridge and visit Sequim, Winslow, the Scandinavian towns of Poulsbo, the historic lumber community of Port Gamble, the lovely Victorian legacy of Port Townsend, and the Makah Indian Museum at Neah Bay, Diversions to consider include the Kemper Brewery, an example of micro breweries, and the Olympic Game Farm in Sequim, as well as the state capital in Olympia.