The Pacific Northwest is the area of the United States that includes the states of Washington, Oregon, the northern parts of Idaho and California, and sometimes western Montana. These places are known for their natural beauty, as well as for the innovations that have been started there. When looking for a place to visit this winter, the Pacific Northwest is an excellent option. With snow, rain, and everything in between, here are five places to visit in the Pacific Northwest this winter.
Silver Mountain Resort, Idaho
Idaho is sometimes forgotten when people think about the Pacific Northwest, which is a real shame. Silver Mountain Resort is in northern Idaho, and is a unique resort. The resort is located between two historic mining towns and is willing to share its unique history with guests. In addition to the history, there are opportunities for skiing and other outdoor activities. The resort has condos for guests, a gondola ride from the resort to the slopes, and an indoor waterpark.
Couer d’Alene, Idaho
This town in north Idaho is a popular tourist town throughout the year, but it is also a wonderful place to visit during the winter. Beware of the snow, however, as North Idaho does tend to get more snow than western Washington. During December, the Couer d’Alene Resort has a holiday light show on Lake Couer d’Alene. The resort also has a spa and is located in downtown Couer d’Alene, where there are many options for shopping and eating. Couer d’Alene is nearby several parks, perfect for hiking or sledding.
Summit Lake, Washington
Summit Lake, Washington is in western Washington, near Mt. Rainier National Park. A roundtrip hike to the lake is five miles, and it is a relatively easy hike with well-cared-for trails. Since the trail is opened year-round, it is well-worth a visit, though it is recommended that you check the weather forecast before starting out. Snowshoes are also suggested for winter hiking. Winter activities in the Pacific Northwest, including hiking, require the proper equipment, from boots to hats. If you are planning a trip, check out woodburyoutfitters.com or another similar store to get the gear you need.
Lake Quinault Lodge, Washington
Lake Quinault Lodge, located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, does not typically get snow. It does, however, have old-growth rainforests, an indoor pool, and plenty of rain. It is a different experience than other places in the Pacific Northwest, but like other experiences there, it is quite a bit of fun. The Lodge is family-friendly, with a variety of activities for the whole family. Winter is also the off-season, giving better deals to enterprising travelers.
Leavenworth, Washington is a former railroad town that became a Bavarian-themed town to survive. Embracing their theme whole-heartedly, at times, Leavenworth looks like a Christmas card. With Christmas-themed shops year-round, the winter season adds features like sleigh rides, snowshoeing, and sledding. The buildings have been constructed in the Bavarian style, making Leavenworth a unique place that is worth a visit.
If you are planning a winter vacation, take advantage of the season to visit the Pacific Northwest. There are many places to explore, and adventures that the whole family can enjoy.