Welcome to the Pacific Northwest, a fresh and captivating corner of North America, where Nature gives us a glimpse at her incomprehensible range. Here, a fusion of vastly different topographies comes together in one unlikely painting: endless stretches of windswept, sandy beaches; dense expanses of sylvan forest; great crashing rivers; dramatic river valleys; gently rolling hills covered in neat rows of vines; the portentous presence of towering, snow-capped volcanoes; and vast high deserts of sagebrush and juniper. This is a place where Nature reigns, a place where man still treads with a reverent step. Our list of Pacific Northwest hotels, bed and breakfasts and other lodging represents the best in Pacific Northwest travel accommodations. Some of our selections are inexpensive and simple and some represent luxury and are expensive but, rest assured, all are memorable. To facilitate your trip planning and use of our hotel travel guide we have developed six driving itineraries through some of the most picturesque and memorable regions of the Pacific Northwest.

Select a region in the Pacific Northwest, or choose one from the map below:


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General Info and Resources

Itineraries:

The itineraries offered can be tailored to meet your own specific needs by leaving out some sightseeing if time is limited, or linking several itineraries together if you wish to enjoy a longer vacation. For detailed trip planning, it is essential to supplement these with comprehensive commercial maps. Rand McNally maps are available for purchase on our website. Each route can be tailored to meet your own individual vision.



Car Rental:

Our itineraries are designed for travel by car. Three itineraries for Washington State (including one that incorporates a trip to Victoria, British Columbia) begin and end in Seattle, where rentals are easy to arrange. Similarly for our Oregon itineraries you will have no trouble picking up a car in Ashland or Portland. Since all three towns are easy to get around in on foot or by public transportation, it might be practical to wait until you have done all your city sightseeing before renting a car. When making arrangements to rent, be sure to let the car rental company know where you plan to travel—sometimes there are restrictions on traveling to Canada.



Driving:

Please make note: In the state of Oregon, there is no self-serve option at gasoline stations. So sit back, relax, and let the attendants do all the work for you. It’s the law!



Weather:

Temperatures in this part of the country are mild compared to most other regions in the U.S., but some areas are more prone to rain or drizzle than others. In general, you can count on it growing cooler and wetter the farther north you travel; and drier and warmer the farther inland. Southwestern Oregon, for example, gets about 70 inches of rain each year, mostly between October and May. Its summers are quite hot. Compare that to the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington, which gets between 130 and 200 inches of rain annually! Mountain ranges—the Coast Range and the Cascades—run in a north/south pattern through the Northwest and have a profound effect on the weather. Areas west of these ranges are wetter and cooler; while areas east of the mountains tend to be hot and dry, since moisture-heavy clouds are depleted of their loads by the time they cross the mountains as they head east to the ocean. Freezing temperatures are rare, except in the mountains. Overall, it doesn’t rain as much as you hear. Seattle, for example, has a reputation for frequent gray skies; while, in fact, it records only about 38 inches of rain each year. In dressing for the weather here, the layering approach is best—and pack a windbreaker for the islands and the coast.



Wedding Facilities:

The Pacific Northwest with its diversity of regions offers every desirable setting and venue for a memorable wedding or reception. Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, Canada all offer a wealth of fabulous inns and hotels to host your wedding, your reception and offer romantic overnight accommodation for your guests and your honeymoon.