Hiking Trails in Oregon and Biking in Washington
From the vast forests of evergreen trees to the rocky coastline of the Pacific Ocean, the Pacific Northwest is an active vacation playground just waiting to be explored. Composed of Washington, Oregon and Alaska, the Pacific Northwest features national parks, miles of hiking, biking and river rafting adventures and all the makings of an incredible adventure holiday.
Between the Pacific Ocean, Puget Sound and Cascade Mountains, Washington is the perfect location for people seeking adventure travel. Biking in Washington is a popular pastime, both through the lush green mountainsides and along city bikeways. Journey to the San Juan Islands for a chance to spot a pod of orca whales in their natural habitat or head to Mount Rainier National Park for a day of hiking in nature.
Whether you love the mountains or the ocean, Oregon has something for you. Try windsurfing or whitewater rafting on the mighty Columbia River, go biking along the 50-mile countryside route of the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway or head to the Cascades for a day on the slopes. The trails for hiking in Oregon are endless and you can find some of the best at the Mount Hood National Forest and Crater Lake National Park.
At more than twice the size of Texas, seeing all of the things to do in Alaska is virtually impossible. However, you can start with a few of the highlights to get a taste for all the adventure travel opportunities that the largest state in the country has to offer. Home to seven of the top ten largest national parks in the United States, Alaska has a lot of wilderness to explore. Try sportsfishing in Ketchikan, dog sledding or river rafting with Denali Raft Adventures.
To get a head start on planning your active vacation to the Pacific Northwest, take a look at these travel videos.