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By definition, "gateway cities" are going to see a higher throughput of travelers. Even so, the gateway cities of Vancouver in British Columbia, Seattle in Washington, and Portland in Oregon, contain attractions that in themselves see visitors in the millions. These are all coastal cities, hence the identification of this part of north America with the Pacific Rim. (You will hear talk of "Pacific Rim cuisine", for example).In addition to containing major ports that help fuel their economies, these are the cities in which the long-distance traveler is likely to find him- or herself at major airports changing transportation in order to explore the interior of the region. The gateway cities share the good fortune of being economic and cultural centers, with expanses of wilderness close by. This mix is what lies behind their reputations as very "livable" cities.
In addition to the three Gateway cities, you also might like to check out the many popular small towns known for their resort-like atmosphere, art colonies, historical backgrounds, unique cultures or unusual attractions such as coastal fishing towns, or the "Old West" mining towns. You will find throughout Go Northwest that our descriptions of individual towns and cities will reveal such characteristics.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest: A Romantic Travel Guide by Teri Citterman. Hundreds of detailed reviews cover the coziest inns, resorts, B&Bs, hotels, and restaurants in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, with all-new "lip" rankings that rate each spot's kiss-ability. Order now...
Pacific Northwest Haunts by Joe Teeples. This ghostly field guide lists over 270 haunted locations in the Pacific Northwest that ghost hunters can easily visit. Includes street addresses, photographs, and historical information about the spirits and areas involved in spectral hauntings. Order now...
Where To Find Hundreds Of Spectacular Waterfalls In Washington, Oregon, And Idaho by Gregory Alan Plumb. At-a-glance table for selecting waterfalls by scenic rating, form, how to access, best season to go and defining characteristics. To help you select, each waterfall is keyed for accessibility by car, on foot, or by canoe or raft and rated for magnitude and aesthetic value. Order now...
Fodor's Pacific Northwest: with Oregon, Washington and Vancouver, 21st Edition. Written by local experts, this guide has the latest information with expansive insights, illustrations, recommendations, advice and trip planning tools, such as easy to read maps, to plan your exciting adventure in the Pacific Northwest. Order now...
Hidden Pacific Northwest: Including Oregon, Washington, Vancouver, Victoria, and Coastal British Columbia by Eric Lucas. The ultimate guide with information on over 300 hiking trails, 700 campgrounds, and 200 beaches, parks, and wilderness areas. The book reviews a wide range of unique accommodations, including boutique hotels in Seattle, stone-and-wood lodges in the Cascades, and seaside B&Bs. Order now...
Lonely Planet Washington Oregon & the Pacific Northwest (Regional Guide) by Sandra Bao. Local authors, detailed maps, easy to use maps, parks and reserves, planning tools and at-a-glance practical information. Order now...
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