Do your customers request unique and adventurous trips, that leave you a little perplexed? The Pacific Northwest is a fantastic option for those intrepid travellers and this itinerary really does have it all. It starts in Portland, Oregon, which is a food lover’s paradise, with its homegrown craft breweries, food carts, and restaurants specialising in locally sourced produce. Travellers shouldn’t miss a visit to the International Rose Test Garden, where they can view more than 10,000 roses, or the Pittock Mansion, former home of the Portland Rose Festival founder.
Next, travel to Astoria, Oregon, where your customers can visit the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and follow trails through forests and wetlands, along the river and by the beach. Then head to Olympic National Park in Washington, a diverse park spanning many ecosystems, including ancient rainforests and the shores of Lake Crescent and the Pacific Ocean. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to do here, from climbing and hiking to skiing and sightseeing.
Next up is Seattle, Washington, home of the famous Pike Place Market and Seattle’s Chinatown. Be sure to see the panoramic views from the top of the Space Needle, marvel at the glass sculptures at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and explore the Frank O. Gehry-designed Museum of Pop Culture. There is an option to also take a harbour cruise for picture-perfect views of the city, mountains, and bay.
Leaving Seattle, travel southeast to Mount Rainier National Park, where travellers will find the dominant feature of the park, the frozen peak of Mount Rainier, an active volcano. Then continue along the Pacific Crest Scenic Trail to Mount Hood in Oregon, another active volcano known for its year-round snow-capped peak and six ski resorts.
At Oregon’s southern end of the Cascade Range and the Pacific Crest Scenic Trail is Crater Lake National Park, home to Crater Lake, the deepest in the USA and one of the deepest in the world. From there, head to the Siskiyou Mountains and the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve to explore the caves, known as the ‘Marble Halls of Oregon’.
Finally, follow the Oregon Coastal Highway, exploring quaint towns and seascapes, before entering the Willamette Valley, considered Oregon’s Wine Country, known worldwide for its pinot noir. More than 300 wineries operate in the region, making it the perfect place to stop for some wine tasting and lunch on the way back to Portland.
This itinerary offers a unique blend of outdoor adventure, stunning scenery, and culinary delights, making it the perfect trip for anyone looking to explore the Pacific Northwest!
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