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.
Southwest Oregon presents itself as a friendly, unpretentious travel destination with three main pleasures: one of the two best-preserved Gold Rush towns in the west, Jacksonville, rivaled only by California's Columbia as a restoration; the most accessible of the eight designated wild and scenic rivers in the west, the Rogue, which you can see via jet boat or raft; and a nationally noted annual drama cycle, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Nearby Crater Lake is also a compelling one-act volcanic play, well worth a visit.
The 363-mile Oregon coast is one of the world's spectacular parks because it is all public land, owned by the people of Oregon.
The Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument celebrates the May 1980 eruption that blew nearly 2,300 feet of earth off the top of the volcano. Today you can tour the area and witness the recovering landscape.