November 15 2012 by Mike Mason
As Autumn falls upon the Pacific Northwest, two things happen. The leaves change color and weather threatens to get colder and wetter. This means it's your last chance to take beautiful hikes under Technicolor forest canopies and that it's also probably a good idea to have a backup plan in case of severely inclement weather. As far as hiking goes in the northwest, it's my belief that there is one place that stands out above the rest. The Columbia River Gorge.
The Columbia River defines the border between Oregon and Washington. Its cliffs make for countless beautiful waterfalls where smaller rivers meet the Columbia, including the famous Multnomah Falls. Here's a tip for adventure seekers: The city of Hood River, found within the gorge, is world renowned for consistent and ideal wind speeds for wind surfing. So, grab a thick wet suit and get some air.
So, maybe it's closer to December now and the cold weather has driven you back into the city. Well, Seattle and Portland have plenty to see and do. Check out the local Saturday and Farmer's Markets. Seattle's Pike Place Market is over a century old and universally considered the U.S.'s premier Farmer's Market. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a market that is said to be the "Soul of Seattle". By cutting out the middle man and buying directly from the producer you get hand-made, fresh, all natural products and at a fraction of normal costs. Remember your trip to the northwest as you grill up a filet of Northwest Salmon, hang a painting of the Seattle skyline or brew a fresh cup or Washington grown coffee. The spirit of the Pacific Northwest will be sure to keep you coming back for more.
If you're looking for a place to stay in the Pacific Northwest - Oregon or Washington, make Best Western your first stop!