Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest, which is primarily Oregon and Washington state, lies in the northwest of the USA and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Cascade Mountains.

The region’s two big cities are Seattle in Washington state and Portland, Oregon. Seattle is a captivating blend of hip sophistication, coffee culture, flourishing arts scene and outdoor adventure, while in Portland the streets serve as art galleries, nature parks are bigger than neighbourhoods, and chefs, winemakers and brewers await you.

To be honest though, the real star of the Pacific Northwest is nature and its endless outdoor opportunities. Hiking, biking and just about every type of recreational activity imaginable await you in a series of mesmerising national parks. From the oceanic coastlines, isolated rainforests and alpine mountains of Olympic National Park, the diverse ecosystems and wildlife of North Cascades National Park to the vast massif of Mount Ranier, the vividly blue water of Crater Lake National Park, which is the deepest lake in America, and the volcanic peaks of Mount Hood, there’s activities and scenic vistas on tap.

The region is also big on beverages, be it the gourmet coffee in Seattle, craft breweries galore thanks to the high concentration of hop farms, and a rich harvest of award-winning wines which you can sip straight from the source.

When it comes to food, there’s an incredible bounty of local produce, from berries, hazelnuts and wild mushrooms to seafood, cheese and grass-fed beef. Whether you opt for budget or fine dining, you’ll be treated to a feast.

The stunning coast is equally inviting with its pretty lighthouses, bustling fishing villages and dramatic scenery of soaring sand dunes and rugged cliffs. Discover top spots for surf enthusiasts, wildlife-viewing sites, whale watching and more.

Why visit Pacific Northwest?
  • Dramatic coastline with windswept beaches
  • Snow-capped mountains & lush forests
  • Unique & independent towns and cities
  • Outdoor adventure on tap
  • Wine tasting & fabulous farm-to-table produce
  • Whale watching
Essential facts about Pacific Northwest
Local Time

GMT -7 hours (Oregon) and GMT -8 hours (Washington)).


US Dollar

Travel information

Flights from the UK to Seattle and Portland take just under 10 hours non-stop.

Best time to go

Generally, the region’s weather is mild, with cool wet winters, and warm dry summers. May to September are considered the best months to visit.

Visa information

If you are eligible to enter the USA under the Visa Waiver Programme, you will need to obtain an electronic travel authorisation (ESTA) prior to travel. Please ask for details

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Unmissable Experiences in Pacific Northwest
Taste of Pike Place Market excursion
Taste of Pike Place Market

Join an intimate guided food tour exploring the back alleys, narrow corridors and tiny storefronts of Pike Place Market. Enjoy a taste of the best the market has to offer. Available from Seattle.

From £49

Space Needle & Chihuly Exhibit Admission excursion
Space Needle & Chihuly Exhibit Admission

Explore unreal views from the Space Needle following a 43 second elevator ride to the observation deck 520 feet up in the air. Also receive admission to Chihuly Garden & Glass, where the creations are sure to blow your mind. Available in Seattle.

From £65

Seattle City Tour excursion
Seattle City Tour

Sit back and relax for a three hour informative small group tour with three main stops: Pioneer Square, Ballard Locks and a city skyline viewpoint. Highlights along the way include Seattle Waterfront, Space Needle, Chinatown, Pike Place Market and more. Available from Seattle.

From £75

Seattle CityPASS excursion
Seattle CityPASS

With Seattle CityPASS you’ll spend less and experience more. With admission included to five attractions: Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium and three from either Argosy Cruises Harbour Tour, Museum of Pop Culture, Woodland Park Zoo or Chihuly Garden & Glass. Available in Seattle.

From £89