Pacific Coast Destination MapThe Pacific Northwest is nestled in America’s upper-left corner, stretching from the Canadian border right down to northern California. It features the popular Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, as well as the US states of Washington and Oregon. They share a similar climate of wet winters and mild summers, and a dramatic geographical landscape that is dominated by rugged coastline, rocky mountain terrain, open prairies and dense forests.

The Pacific Northwest and the Canadian Rockies is the place to go to see some of most beautiful cities in North America, tour through stunning national parks and get stuck into countless thrilling outdoor activities. There is also plenty of opportunity to experience lively culture and art, urban entertainment and the abundance of locally grown foods and organic wines. The notion of a ‘staycation’ applies aptly to this region; where there is so much to do and see that locals themselves agree they could spend a lifetime exploring.

A fly drive west coast America tour is a fantastic choice for venturing far and wide and discovering all that is on offer in this spectacular region.

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Places to Visit in the Pacific Northwest & Canadian Rockies

Oregon

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Beach In Oregon

If you’re looking for a creative mix of adventure, diverse culture and breathtaking sights the US state of Oregon has it all. The scenery here is spectacular and the vast landscape of volcanic mountains, lakes, forests and desert provide the perfect setting for activities such as hiking, cycling, windsurfing and kayaking.

Oregon’s 300 miles of beautiful coastline and white sandy beaches provides ample opportunity for relaxing and watching seals and sea lions. Inland, you can find natural marvels such as the snow-capped Wallowa Mountains and Crater Lake – the deepest lake in the US at 1,946ft deep.

Oregon holidays are rarely complete without a trip to the weird and wonderful city of Portland. Also known as the ‘City of Roses’, this vibrant city offers the very best of Oregon’s world-class pinots, funky range of beers and wealth of culinary choices. Further down the coastline lies the city of Florence, where sun, sea and relaxation is of the essence. This is a great place to take the family and enjoy a whole host of outdoor activities and attractions.

Washington 

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Puget Skyline and Coast

A fly drive tour of the west coast of America will also take you to Washington State. Similar to Oregon, this state offers a delightful mix of urban and outdoor activities. You will discover bustling cities rich in history and culture, as well as sweeping landscapes of beautiful national parks such as Mount Rainier and the Olympic National Park. Both offer a pristine wilderness of rugged coastline and glacial-carved valleys that stretch out beyond the horizon.

There are also plenty of outdoor adventures to be had in Washington State, with hiking trails and activities such as kayaking, cycling, mountain climbing and rafting to be found across the region. If it’s water sports you’re into, take a tour of the Puget Sound – an inlet of the Pacific Ocean located on the Washington coast. Here you can try fishing, sailing and sea kayaking to name just a few activities.

The Puget Sound is also home to one of the Pacific Northwest’s biggest cities – Seattle. This famous city enjoys a picturesque waterfront setting with the magnificent Mount Rainier in the distance. A driving tour of Seattle will get you acquainted with the city’s lively culture of cheerful coffee houses and excellent museums.

British Columbia

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Vancouver Skyline

Most driving and escorted coach tours of the Pacific Northwest will include the beautiful Canadian province of British Columbia.  Like most Canadian provinces, BC is extremely vast and boasts stunning natural beauty and lots of places to explore. The majestic rocky mountain range is just one of several impressive ranges in the province. This pristine alpine wonderland of waterfalls, sculpted peaks, snow fields and forests is dotted with quaint little towns and fantastic ski resorts. Other highlights include the Great Bear Rainforest – home of the elusive spirit bear – and the beach and surfing paradise known as the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

There are only a handful of cities in British Columbia, including the beautifully sited, port city of Vancouver. This is the largest city in the province and easily one of the most lively and diverse with a colourful arts scene and a range of museums, gardens, shopping opportunities, beaches and parks. The scenic backdrop of the North Shore Mountains are great for hiking and skiing, while the city’s waterways offer plenty of paddling and kayaking fun.

Victoria – the Provincial capital – on Vancouver Island is a delightful mix of old British charm, modern Canadian chic and frontier-town where you can explore the impressive Inner Harbour, world-famous Butchart Gardens, great museums and beautifully-restored 19th century buildings.  Victoria is also a centre for whale-watching tours that take visitors to the Straits of San Juan de Fuca rich in marine wildlife, resident and migrating whales.  Elsewhere on Vancouver Island there are lodges specialising in wildlife, notably grizzly bear, watching expeditions.

Alberta 

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Banff National Park

Separated from BC by the Rocky Mountains, the province of Alberta is considered by many as one of the most beautiful places in the world – and for good reason! To the west lie the imposing Rocky Mountains, while in the east the Canadian Badlands stretch for 35,000 square miles. This landscape of towering, wind-eroded canyons is home to some of the most fascinating dinosaur finds in the world.

Better yet, national parks are located in every corner of Alberta. Among the most spectacular are Banff National Park and Jasper National Parks which are joined by the stunning Icefields Parkway – one of the most scenic highways in North America. These stunning locations are teeming with wildlife – bears, beavers, wolves and moose – where you can hike, mountain bike, take wildlife tours and swim in the relaxing hot springs. Lake Louise – the ‘Gem of the Rockies’ – is another must-see on your driving tour of Alberta. Take a scenic drive down Icefields Parkway to gaze upon this dazzling aquamarine lake.

For an unparalleled urban experience, don’t forget to include a trip to the cities of Edmonton and Calgary in your fly drive Canadian Rockies adventure. Calgary is Alberta’s largest metropolis and can be found located among prairies and mountain terrain. Towering sky scrapers set the scene for lively nightlife and entertainment. Popular attractions include the Calgary Tower and the Calgary Stampede – an annual celebration of the country’s old west heritage. Edmonton is Alberta’s capital and a place bursting with energy and year-round celebrations of food, wine, arts and culture. It is located within the region of 22 major parks, making it the largest area of urban parkland in North America.

Top Locations and Attractions in the Pacific Northwest & Canadian Rockies

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Crater Lake National Park

The Icefields Parkway
Banff & Jasper National Parks
Lake Louise
Peyto Lake
Portland
Underground Seattle
Crater Lake National Park
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Olympic National Park
Boeing Factory Tour
Vancouver
Victoria

 

Check out our Pacific Northwest & Canadian Rockies Top Things To Do page or Canadian Rockies sightseeing and excursions page for more information.

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