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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 Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West, 4th Edition by Fodor's. This guide provides information on 36 national parks in the northwest including an overview of each park, illustrated features, trip planning tools, outdoor recreational activities, recommendations and advice. Order now...
Best Pacific Northwest Trips by Lonely Planet. This guide offers itineraries, theme icons, easy-to-use maps along with driving times and tips for 8 different trips including the Whistle Stop Brewery Tour, 48 hours in Seattle and the International Selkirk Loop. Order now...
Fodor's Pacific Northwest: with Oregon, Washington and Vancouver, 20th 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...
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...
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