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The Northwest is truly unique. Few other regions in the Western Hemisphere can claim the diversity and sheer expanse of changing climates as the Northwest. From the glaciers of the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia, to the hot, Mediterranean sands of the southern Oregon Coast, the Northwest has it all.
And few other regions in the world can offer as many diverse choices for activities as the Northwest. Whether you enjoy sea kayaking, birding, bicycling, golfing, or whitewater rafting; whether you're a deep-water diver, ice climber or backpacker; whether you are an historian who revels in the history of the Old West or a backcountry aficionado who hates crowds, the Northwest can pretty much accommodate any skill or passion.
Do you have a hankering to walk the rim of a volcano? Pick your state. Between the Craters of the Moon in Idaho, Crater Lake in Oregon or Mount Rainier in Washington, there are more than a just few environments from which to choose. Have rainforests always fascinated you? There's no place on earth to camp or hike like the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Can't decide between snow skiing and lake-skiing? The sunny Okanagan Valley of British Columbia offers both in the same day. Looking for a lake to try out your kayak? Flathead Lake, Montana has 200 square miles of pristine beauty to explore.
And for every sport or recreational pastime that's been created, there's plenty of room for more. The Northwest's many seasonal festivals are testament to ingenuity - and to its residents' staunch refusal to be satisfied with the common path. Even those who don't enjoy hiking, skiing, fishing or swimming can find a festival to celebrate or awe-inspiring vista to appreciate. Discovery is, after all, what the Northwest is all about.
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Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Fodor's Pacific Northwest, 18th Edition: with Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver. Fodor's helps you unleash the possibilities of travel by providing the insightful tools you need to experience the trips you want. While you're at the helm, Fodor's offers the assurance of our expertise, the guarantee of selectivity, and the choice details that truly define a destination. Order now...
Trout Fishing in the Pacific Northwest by Larry E. Stefanyk. As the saying goes, to catch a fish, you've got to think like a fish. This book instructs readers on how to think like a fish, but more specifically, how to think like a local trout! Tried and true advice from old-timers with the most up-to-date information from fishing guides and the latest findings from biologists. 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...
Pacific Northwest Trips by Danny Palmerlee, Mariella Krause and Bradley Mayhew. Within these chapters is a compendium of short (and some not-so-short) trips exploring the quirkiest, most vibrant, most epic and iconic trips - all guaranteed to show you a new Pacific Northwest - whether you know it already or not. Order now...
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