Where in the world can you possibly get mountains, ocean, large cities and vast wheat fields all in one area? Berty and I are so lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest. (In fact, we wrote a blog post about that once…) Not only do the cities here have so much to discover, but the surrounding mountains, ocean, and trails are more than we can experience in a lifetime. Together, Berty and I have collected photos from the past couple years from PNW cities and nearby areas that we think are essential to visiting in the winter. You will find that our side of the world can offer adventure, culture, and activities ready for everyone!
5 PNW Cities (and Surroundings) You Need to Visit This Winter:
1. Seattle, WA
Not only is this city filled with coffee shops and public markets, but right outside of Seattle is literally hundreds of miles of trails to explore. Even living here, Berty and I have only been to a fraction of lakes, hikes, and trails in the Seattle area. If you haven’t seen our 2017 bucket list for exploring the PNW (many are around Seattle) you can find the link here!
2. Spokane, WA
In the past five years or so, Spokane has really grown into a hub of adventure and a place for budding local artisan shops. Every time we return to Spokane, there are new places open and our friends are lined up to explore something new. If you are looking for snowy bliss in the wintertime, we can almost guarantee you that snow will be waiting for you when you arrive. Like people say here… Spokane Doesn’t Suck.
Places to explore: Vessel Coffee Roasters, Boulevard Mercantile (for the best curated vintage furniture and clothing), Indaba Coffee, Mt. Spokane Night Skiing, Sullivan Lake, Priest Lake, and Palouse Falls
3. Portland, OR
3 hours away from Seattle, this quirky city and its surroundings have what it takes for a winter getaway. With a huge local music/art scene, numerous local shops, and waterfalls basically around every corner, this city is a perfect spot for a winter adventure. Check out this resource to find things to do, places to go, and more when visiting Portland.
4. Vancouver, BC
If any place could have the ultimate combination of outdoor adventures and a culturally rich urban city, Vancouver is it. This coastal Canadian city sits between the Pacific Ocean and Coast Mountains making it a prime location for anything from skiing to sailing. Vancouver is near enough to Seattle to make a day-trip, but we recommend spending a whole weekend here to experience all the city has to offer.
5. Leavenworth, WA
While I wouldn’t qualify this one as a “city” it’s definitely a must-see. This little german town is full of food and culture (aka Oktoberfest in the fall…), miles of trails, close to Stevens Pass Ski Resort, and in the middle of the beautiful landscape of the North Cascades. Leavenworth is only a few hours away from Seattle and perfect for a day trip or as a weekend pit stop for backpacking adventures into the mountains. This town is for adventure lovers and foodies alike.
Where are your favorite PNW destinations? Did we miss any? Leave us a comment!
As Berty and I explore PNW cities and their surrounding areas this winter, we will continually update this page with more adventures and opportunities. Come back often!
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