Whale, dolphin, Starbucks and craft breweries: Pacific Northwest holidays
One of the most progressive states in America, holidays in Oregon are as vibrant and trendy as the state itself. In Portland you’ll find craft breweries, funky cafes and farm-to-table restaurants. Throughout the state, boutique wineries and artisanal food producers and farms surrounds small towns.
A holiday in Oregon is full of foodie pleasures. You’ll also find countless walking trails. Hike to over 90 waterfalls, including the whopping 188m-high Multnomah Falls. If you prefer the coast, Oregon’s shoreline is pleasingly quiet.
One of the best coastal drives in the world can be enjoyed on the twists and turns of Highway 1.
Washington offers a wonderful mix of alternative cultures, fascinating marine life and dramatic hikes. In Seattle the headquarters of Starbucks vies for your attention with the new-age hippies and the space-age viewing platform.
It’s not all big city in Washington, however. Over on San Juan islands, life is lived at a very different pace. The mellow island vibe is complemented by a temperate year-round climate. This is the place to relax and gaze out to the distant waters for whale and dolphin. If you must do something here head for the reefs and enter snorkelling paradise.
Those who want a sense of achievement can set their sights on the dramatic hike to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. At an elevation of 5,242ft, strap on your walking boots in summer or your skis in winter.