Pacific Northwest

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Pacific Northwest

Crater Lake

This intensely blue lake, surrounded by cliffs nearly 2,000-feet high, has picturesque islands and a violent volcanic past. The boat tour is worth the 2.2-mile hike from the crater’s rim.

Crater Lake, OR, 541-594-3000, www.nps.gov/crla
Tags: hiking | things to do | outdoors

Mount Hood

Only 75 miles east of Portland, picture perfect Mount Hood offers a wealth of outdoor activities ranging from hiking and mountain biking to year-round skiing and ice climbing.

OR, 503-655-8490, www.mthoodterritory.com
Tags: family | hiking | biking | skiing | things to do | outdoors

Mount Rainier

Towering 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier looms to the south of Seattle. Thousands flock to this national park, also known as “The Mountain”, for trails, climbing routes, and, in the summer, a stunning carpet of wildflowers.

WA, 360-569-2211, www.nps.gov/mora
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | outdoors | climbing

Museum of Anthropology

Generations of Canada’s indigenous cultures are showcased at a beautifully designed venue set among the 3 forested square miles of Pacific Spirit Regional Park on the UBC campus.

6393 North West Marine Dr., BC, 604-822-5087, www.moa.ubc.ca
Tags: family | historic | things to do | culture | architecture | museum

Pike Place Market

Saunter among fresh flowers, smell berries, sample cheese, and avoid airborne salmon thrown by enthusiastic fishmongers at Seattle’s beloved 100-year-old market.

First Ave. and Pike St., WA, 206-682-7453, www.pikeplacemarket.org
Tags: family | things to do | culture | market | produce

Vancouver Island

Choose from storm watching in winter, surfing along the stretch of white sand in summer, or savoring the mouthwatering menus in former fishing and timber town Tofino, year-round.

Vancouver Island, BC, 250-726-7721, www.vancouverisland.com
Tags: beach | family | hiking | things to do

Whistler Spa

Sidle in off the slopes to the sumptuous Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa and revel in treatments, such as the Prameswari Massage, which was previously reserved for Javanese royalty.

The Summit Lodge, 4359 Main St., BC, 604-938-5982, www.tamansarispa.com
Tags: smart splurge | things to do

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