1 Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA

Venerable seafood diners, flying salmon, fresh fish and produce vendors, street entertainers, gum alley and Rachel, the brass pig.

2 San Juan Islands, WA

These bucolic islands make for a great summertime trip by ferry, with charming towns, culinary treats and the chance to see killer whales.

3 Cascade Loop, WA

Series of highways that snake back and forth across the mighty Cascade Mountains, passing pristine alpine lakes and snow-capped peaks.

4 Mount St Helens, WA

The most infamous volcano in North America remains a haunting sight more than three decades after it blew its top.

5 Portland, OR

Sample the food carts, coffeeshops, microbreweries and eclectic culture of one of America’s most bike-friendly and plain kookiest cities.

6 Columbia River Gorge, OR

U-shaped valley carved from colossal Ice Age floods, home to precipitous waterfalls and historic highways.

7 Crater Lake, OR

Cradled in what’s left of a hollowed-out volcano, this sheer-blue lake is a staggeringly beautiful sight.

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