Fodor's Pacific Northwest: with Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver (Full-color Travel Guide)

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9780891419570: Fodor's Pacific Northwest: with Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver (Full-color Travel Guide)

With the growing interest in adventure travel, national parks, and wine and micro-breweries, the Pacific Northwest attracts a huge number of visitors every year. This dramatic region, which stretches from British Columbia to Oregon, provides pristine wilderness areas to explore—from coastlines to mountains—as well as vibrant metropolitan scenes in Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver.

Expanded Coverage:
This edition features the best reasons to go to scores of rugged Pacific coast beaches. New hotel and restaurant reviews cover recently opened properties throughout the region. New photo-rich features highlight Oregon’s burgeoning Willamette Valley wine region and Seattle’s popular coffee, beer, and wine scenes.

Illustrated Features:
 Colorful, magazine-like features introduce the whales of the Pacific Northwest, with whale-watching tips; wine-tasting itineraries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley; and Seattle’s coffee, beer, and wine scenes and Pike Place Market.

Indispensable Trip Planning Tools
: Fodor’s recommends top attractions and experiences that highlight must-see sights from British Colombia to Oregon. A sample Pacific Northwest road-trip itinerary covers everything travelers need to experience the wide variety of what this region offers. Four chapters provide in-depth information on visiting national parks: Crater Lake, Olympic, North Cascades, and Mount Rainier.

Discerning Recommendations: 
Fodor’s Pacific Northwest offers savvy advice and recommendations from expert and local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor’s Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. “Word of Mouth” quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.

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Review:

Howard Blum Reviews Fodor's Pacific Northwest

Howard Blum is the author of the New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner American Lightning, as well as such bestsellers as Gangland. He is currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. While at the New York Times, he was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. His newest book is The Floor of Heaven. Read his review of Fodor's Pacific Northwest:

During the long grim, gray winter in Connecticut, one of the best survival techniques I know is to plan wishfully for the summer that will eventually come. Besieged by the icy monotony of seemingly endless months of snow and slush, the prospect of going off somewhere in the bright sunshine with the kids when they’re out of school looms as, quite literally, a life saver.

But where?

We’ve done all the usual vacation jaunts. They’ve outgrown Disneyland. The Cape beaches are pretty sedentary terrain for restless teenagers. Europe is too expensive. And now that they were older, attending or on the verge of college, I wanted them to have an experience that would engage their minds, get them thinking about the vastness and diversity of an America that they, as parochial New Englanders, too often ignore. And, oh yeah, I wanted all of us to have a good time too.

Also, I must admit, my deliberations were influenced by the experiences I had while researching The Floor of Heaven, my new non-fiction book that follows a cowboy turned Pinkerton detective as he goes off to solve a puzzling and dangerous case during the Yukon Gold Rush. I had spent some time in Seattle, home now to a unique and absorbing Yukon Gold Rush museum and back in 1898 the gateway port to the gold fields in the far north. I wanted them to see and enjoy this part of the country as much as I did as when I traveled around researching my book.

And so it was settled in my mind: This summer we would go to the Pacific Northwest. And to guide me on this incipient journey, to help me plan it over the long, snowy months, I delved into the new 18th edition of Fodor’s Pacific Northwest.

This travel guide is a joy. It’s like having the perfect traveling companion at your side to give you wise advice. It’s definitely not your elderly aunt droning on about all the obvious tourist attractions as she shows you her collection of tedious travel snapshots. Reading Fodor’s, being caught up in the happy promises depicted in the page after page of color pictures, is like having a conversation with a smart, funny, and hip friend. You instinctively feel you’re planning a trip with someone you know you can trust. The tone of the guide is knowledgeable yet refreshingly opinionated, articulate yet unpretentious, idiosyncratic yet comprehensive. For a family that’s forced to be cost conscious, the dollar signs that accompany each hotel or restaurant are a godsend. And the orange stars are the sort of “must see” alert that, along with the easy-to-read maps, make planning both simple and filled with great expectations of what’s to come.

So with Fodor’s as our guide, our summer vacation has been planned, and we’re confident we have the inside dope. We’re going to fly to Seattle, do some coffee-house crawling and a trip to the gold rush museum, then rent a car and follow the 101 around Olympic National Park before looping around and heading back the way we came. And for the entire trip, I’ll have my Fodor’s on the front seat telling me where to drive next.

Tips from Fodor's Pacific Northwest, 18th Edition
Click on the photos below to download printable guides from the travel experts at Fodor's [PDF].

Driving Tour [PDF] Top Experiences [PDF] Top Attractions [PDF] Museums and Lodging [PDF]

About the Author:

Fodor's helps you unleash the possibilities of travel by providing the insights and tools you need to experience the trips you want. While you're always at the helm, Fodor's offers the assurance of our expertise, the guarantee of selectivity, and the choice details that truly define a destination. It's like having a friend wherever you travel. Resources that you'll want to read as well as reference, our guide books offer current and discerning shopping, dining, hotel, and culture recommendations, as well as compelling features and articles that convey the essence of each destination. And we are confident that we're giving you the best information because our products are written by people who live there. We seek to hire local writers who know their destinations better than anyone else. Our worldwide team of over 700 travel writers bring you the latest, most accurate coverage, and like trusted companions, reveal local treasures and everything you need to know before you arrive.

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