Mountains and coastline, small towns and vibrant cities. From the Oregon Coast to Vancouver Island, explore it all with Moon Pacific Northwest.
Rugged wilderness and gleaming urban landscapes: welcome to one of the wildest corners of North America. Get to know it for yourself with Moon Pacific Northwest. Inside you'll find:
Flexible, strategic itineraries for any budget or timeline, including one day in Seattle, a wine country weekend, and a week-long coastal road tripThe top sights and unique activities for making the most of your trip: Catch the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, or visit Pike Place Market in Seattle. Hike jagged ridges in the Cascade Mountains, or explore underground caves in a mile-long lava tube. Learn about the First Nations culture in Vancouver, hop on a whale-watching excursion, or head up to Whistler to ski the powdery slopes. Taste world-class cabernets and merlots in wine country, or stomp your own grapes during the harvest! Try handmade, artisanal snacks from Portland's famous food trucks, enjoy freshly caught salmon, or taste your way through Vancouver's famous ChinatownFull-color photos and detailed maps throughoutExpert advice from Seattle local Allison Williams on when to go, where to stay, and where to eat Recommendations for getting around by plane, car, train, and public transportationHandy tips for international visitors, families, seniors, and travelers with disabilitiesBackground information on the landscape, plants and animals, history, and cultureFull coverage of Seattle, the Cascades, the Olympic Peninsula, the San Juan Islands, Washington Wine Country, Portland, the Willamette Valley, Bend and Central Oregon, the Oregon Coast, Ashland and Southern Oregon, Vancouver, Victoria, and Vancouver IslandWith Moon Pacific Northwest's expert tips, myriad activities, and local insight, you can plan your trip your way.
Allison Williams received her bachelor's degree in biology and English from Duke University, and studied at Oxford University and an ethnobiology field school in Costa Rica. She worked as a writer and editor in New York City for eight years, including staff positions at Metro daily newspaper and Time Out New York. When the lure of the Northwest became impossible to ignore, she relocated to Seattle and has since realized two lifelong dreams: summiting Mount Rainier and poking sticks into the campfire without being yelled at. Allison earned her MFA in creative writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where her fiction thesis won the Jason Wenger Award for Literary Excellence. Her journalistic work has been recognized with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and a nomination from the City and Regional Magazine Association. As senior editor at Seattle Met magazine, she covers travel and the outdoors by hiking every trail and driving every road she can find on a map.