Instagram Worthy Places in the Pacific Northwest

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Since I started blogging nearly 3 years ago there has always been one social media site that has captivated me. Instagram. What was once a holding tank for selfies was now a spot to show the places that captured my heart.

Instagram can actually be a great source of information. You can search for images based on location or #hashtag. You may find new restaurants, best places for photo ops or even just inspiration to visit new places.

I have lived in Washington my entire life. I honestly think the Pacific Northwest is the prettiest place I have been. From the cool cities of Seattle and Portland, to the numerous snow-capped mountains dotting the horizon; we truly have everything.

If you’re looking for places to be inspired and to take your breath away, look no further. To me, these are the most Instagram worthy places in the Pacific Northwest. 

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Seattle, Washington

From the top of the Sky View Observatory in downtown Seattle you can get a 360 degree view of the beauty surrounding the city. Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Mt Rainier and the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges are all visible on a clear day. Yes, Seattle rains a lot…but when it’s sunny out, there’s no where else you’ll want to be! (read about our night in Seattle).

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  San Juan Islands, Washington 

Accessible only by ferry and small planes, these islands in the northwest corner of Washington State will give you that isolation and serenity you’re seeking. Half the year pods of Orca whales call the Salish Sea around the islands home. We have only been to Orcas Island but we are already looking forward to returning to check out the other islands. (click here to read about our time on Orcas Island).

Beautiful Orcas Island <3

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Diablo Lake, Washington

This reservoir is located near the Canadian border in North Cascades National Park, 2.5 hours Northeast from Seattle. The vibrant blue lake offers good fishing and kayaking opportunities. There is also camping and hiking options in the area.

Diablo lake, North Cascades National Park
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Sauvie Island, Oregon

Located just 10 minutes from Portland, Sauvie Island is an oasis from the city and is home to numerous farms. Berry picking, tractor rides and fresh produce are easily accessible here and makes for a fantastic day. The island is actually the largest island on the Columbia River and doesn’t feel like an island when you’re on it. Sauvie Island is one of our favorite day trips in the summertime and is a fun place for families during the harvest season when there is pumpkin picking and corn mazes.

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Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake is a bit of a drive, at over 4 hours driving from Portland. It is located in southern/central Oregon in the Umpqua National Forest. It is the deepest lake in the United States, at 1,943 feet at the deepest! The water is so clear and blue though that it feels like you can almost see the bottom at times. It it so worth the drive!

Boise, Idaho

Jake is from Boise so I know too well how gorgeous the capital of Idaho can be! The downtown is so walkable and is home to good coffee, restaurants and bars. There is a lot of outdoor activities in the area; from hiking and standup paddling in the summer to skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Boise is also home to the largest Basque community in the United States, which gives a unique opportunity to try Basque cuisine. People are always friendly here and we are never bored when we visit. (see what we toured in Boise, ID for my birthday).

Cannon Beach, Oregon

You honestly can’t go wrong exploring anywhere along the Oregon coast, but Cannon Beach is a favorite of mine. If Haystack Rock here looks familiar then you may have seen it on the movie The Goonies. Also stop into Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters for a killer cup of coffee. The weather can get a little rough and wild in the winter, but that’s part of what draws me to the beach in the Pacific Northwest. There is such a raw beauty of a stormy beach view.

Bend, Oregon

Bend is located in the heart of Oregon, nestled in near the the Willamette National Forest, Mount Baker and the 3 Sisters Peaks. Bend is an outdoorsman’s paradise with it’s numerous hiking, rock climbing and any other activity you could think of. (read more about our weekend in Bend). We happened to be in Bend for their Oktoberfest, and we had a blast! There are tons of great restaurants to choose from and cycle brew tours are pretty popular.

#bend #oregon #threesisters #mountains #roadtrip #traveloregon #travel #ttot

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Palouse Falls, Washington

I have heard great things about Palouse Falls in Southeast Washington, but alas our paths are yet to cross. Palouse falls is actually the official state waterfall of Washington (I didn’t know that was a thing, but I guess it is!). Palouse falls is a 200 foot drop and in 2009 someone actually kayaked over it to set an [unofficial] record for highest waterfall run. This is one trip I really want to take before the summer heat makes it it a little unpleasant to visit that part of Washington.

Grateful for life
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Multnomah Falls, Oregon

The Columbia River gorge is one of our favorite places and although there are so many waterfalls to choose from, Multnomah Falls is the most famous for a reason. The dramatic double tier would be beautiful enough, but the lush woods its surrounded by and the 100+ year old footbridge add something special to it. If you’re visiting Portland I would recommend making the 45 minute drive east to check out Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River gorge. The drive will give you a better sense of what makes Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest, so special.

There are so many other amazing sights in the Pacific Northwest and I feel like I couldn’t possibly do them justice with this short post. I hope this gave you some inspiration though to explore this beautiful part of the United States!

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Have you been to Washington, Oregon or Idaho? What is your favorite area in the Pacific Northwest? Let us know in the comments below! 

10 thoughts on “Instagram Worthy Places in the Pacific Northwest

  1. I lived in the Pacific Northwest for 3 years. My daughter and her family live there. And I have seen the San Juan Islands only in pictures! I should go back.

  2. About 15 years ago, I did a road trip with my dad from San Diego to Seattle and back and we hit some of the spots on your list. I just love the rugged coast line, the deep green forests and the snow capped mountains. The only place I’d add is Mount St. Helen. It is such a unique landscape, I loved it there.

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