Outside the city


Tt’s a well-known fact that seattle is awesome, but the rest of the Pacific Northwest has a lot to offer. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, urbanite, or just want to get out of the u-district entirely, this list has something for you. And you won’t have to go too far out of your way: everything here is within half a day’s drive from seattle.

North Cascades National Park

This massive wilderness area in northwest Washington is not as well- known as Mt. Rainier or the Olympic National Forest, but it’s every bit as breathtaking. home to more than 300 glaciers, North cascades is known for its rugged mountain landscape, which makes for some stunning views and some of the best rock climbing in the state. And with 400 miles of trails, campers, hikers and backpackers will find plenty to do.

Portland, Ore.

contrary to popular belief, Portland is more than just a miniature version of seattle. While the two cities certainly have their similarities, (insert obvious reference to coffee, the environment, indie rock here) Portland is really a small town in big city’s clothing. Places to check out in the Rose city include Governor tom Mccall Waterfront Park, Pioneer courthouse square, Oregon Museum of science and industry, and Powell’s city of Books, the largest independent bookstore in the country.

San Juan Islands

Though their popularity has grown in recent years, the san Juans remain one of the Northwest’s best- kept secrets. Located southwest of Bellingham in the Puget sound, the islands are accessible by ferry from Anacortes. Known for great views of the sound (especially from Mount constitution, the islands’ highest point) the san Juans are bike-friendly, with miles of scenic highways and trails to choose from.

the oregoN Coast

The northern part of the Oregon coast packs a lot to see into about 20 miles. For those who want to brave the Pacific Ocean in late March, seaside and cannon Beach are quintessential beach towns that are always popular spring break destinations. Farther up the coast is Astoria, whose picturesque location on the mouth of the columbia River has been immortalized in movies both classic (The Goonies, Free Willy) and not-so-classic (teenage Mutant Ninja turtles iii).

Pullman, Wash.

imagine spring break in cancun, Mexico. Now replace the beaches with wheat fields, lower the temperature by about 60 degrees and quadruple the amount of drunk college students; this is spring break in Pullman. Located approximately 3,000 light-years from civilization, Pullman is a great choice if you want to get away from it all this spring break, and your definition of “it all”

includes people with decent hygiene and places that aren’t 10 minutes away from idaho. Pullman is also home to Washington state university. if nothing else, a trip here will make you remember why you go to the uW and forget why you had so much faith in humanity in the first place.

Reach contributing writer Andrew Gospe at development@dailyuw.com.

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