Pacific NorthwestNorth America
Combining both rural America and Canada in tranquil harmony, the Pacific Northwest region of North America is an abundant haven of evergreen forests, glassy lakes and incredible wildlife.
Proudly highlighting the diversity and fertility of North America, this region is brimming with unique and awe-inspiring geographical features encased in exciting national parks, impressive glaciers and mystical mountain peaks. Delightfully sheltered waterways offer protected cruising grounds and the region’s hundreds of inlets and coves are almost designed for anchoring and drinking in the peaceful atmosphere of this serene corner of the world.
The US state of Alaska and Canadian Province British Columbia are world famous for their awe-inspiring views. Defined by snow-topped mountainous ranges, wild evergreen forests and chilly climates, this is a cruising ground you are unlikely to forget in a hurry. The pristine landscapes of the Pacific Northwest offer respite for the soul, a calm repose back to the importance and all-encompassing power of nature and her beauty, but despite their enduring popularity there remain plenty of virtually uninhabited and untouched sites of natural beauty to discover here. Just south of Washington, the state of Oregon and its sublime Pacific coastline is the spectacular home to an indulgent sprinkle of first-class nature resorts and seaside hideaways.
Despite being the ideal destination for outdoor adventures, the Pacific Northwest region is home to an enviable array of bustling metropolitan cities, each steeped in their own unique history and character. The seamless contrast and harmonisation provided by these stunning cities set against a backdrop of raw natural landscape is what makes up the very unique appeal of the Pacific Northwest. Washington boasts an astonishing natural canvas of volcanoes, farmland and waterfalls alongside the glittering high-fashion capital city telling the story of the USA’s founding and political heart. A must-see destination on any American itinerary, there may be no more delightful place to spend a few sensational days browsing the trendy shops and drinking in the thriving café culture than in this über-sophisticated capital. Across the border in Canada, the picture-perfect capital city of Victoria is awash with delightful museums and seaside eateries, while the adventurous Vancouver thrills visitors with its outdoor lifestyle and multicultural charm. Sprinkled with a lovely array of enchanting islands, British Columbia is well worth discovering.
Perhaps unpredictably for this alpine region, the Pacific Northwest also boasts a chic collection of beaches, islands and getaways to complete its natural mystique. Off Washington's coast is the extremely popular and equally as exciting San Juan Islands, hosting an alluring array of buzzing marinas, sumptuous dining and brilliant anchorages. Travelling further inland brings one of the finest Pinot Noir producing regions in the world, the Willamette Valley, where tumbling vineyards create some casually elegant wineries. Also worth a visit is the appealing Cannon Beach, a boho-beachside town offering a picturesque coastal lifestyle a short sail away from Portland.