There's no shortage of naturally beautiful regions in the United States, from the dreamy desert landscapes of the Southwest to the charming small towns of New England. But when it comes to natural diversity, few areas can compete with the Pacific Northwest—we’re talking misty beaches, wooded mountains, wildlife-filled islands, endless fields of flowers, and some of the best stargazing spots in the entire country.
The Pacific Northwest—which includes Washington, Oregon, and Idaho in the contiguous United States—is perfect for epic road trips or national park sojourns, as well as long weekends in some of the country’s coolest big cities (which also happen to be filled with green spaces). So whether you’re looking to explore Olympic National Park or sip coffee with a view in Portland, you’re sure to find travel inspiration in this list of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest.
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