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The Pacific Northwest may not be the first place we think to travel, but this untouched nature of the region makes it a particularly beautiful travel destination. The Pacific Northwest is a testament to how awe-inspiring nature truly is. There are many beautiful places to explore in this area, but here are some of the most worthwhile:

1. Seattle

As the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle more than begs a spot on this list. A trip to Seattle means surrounding yourself with natural beauty while also engaging in the metropolitan charm of the city. Visit the Pike Place Market, where one can interact with all of the vibrant people, from the street performers to the fishmongers. Seattle, also known as the Emerald City, is home to a vibrant culture, from its cafes, to its music to its art.

2) North Cascades National Park

This beautiful park receives fewer than 27,000 visitors per year, meaning that any visitors are bound to have a lot of space to themselves. The wild and rugged terrain possess a spellbinding beauty that is sure to leave anyone in awe. Not only is this park home to the highest number of glaciers outside of Alaska, but it also has an incredibly diverse ecosystem. Within the lush forests, one will find bald eagles and ospreys, and the rocky slopes are home to a number of other beautiful creatures. Wolverines, gray wolves, fishers, moose, black and grizzly bears, and cougars are all inhabitants of North Cascades National Park. A trip to this park won’t soon be forgotten.

3) San Juan Islands

It turns out you don’t have to travel all the way to the Caribbean to enter a stunning archipelago. In fact, the San Juan islands are easily accessible from Seattle. To get to the islands, one takes a ferry that weaves its way through enchanting forest islands. The second largest and most populous island in the archipelago is called San Juan Island, and it is not to be missed. It is a great place to relax while also exploring the scenic seaport town of Friday Harbor and immersing yourself in its history. The island is also home to a number of shops, museums, art galleries, and eateries. The cuisine is the real deal, with restaurants serving local ingredients, such as fresh produce, herbs, and seafood.

4) Mount Rainier National Park

Peaking at 14,411 feet, Mount Rainier’s impressive stature makes it easy to see from a number of points throughout the Puget Sound area. However, going to Mount Rainier National Park will provide visitors with an even more memorable impression of the structure by allowing them to see it up close. The mountain is completed with alpine meadows, colorful wildflowers, waterfalls, glaciers, and of course a beautiful snow-capped summit. If you’re looking to get an a truly breathtaking view, Tipsoo Lake is a must-visit. At Tipsoo Lake, photographers are able to capture a reflection of the mountain in the lake’s waters.

The Pacific Northwest is one of the most incredible parts of the country with its natural beauty and its quaint charm. If you’re thinking of heading over to the Pacific Northwest for a vacation, be sure to look into these destinations. You won’t regret it!