Best Northwest Travel Guides


columbia gorge getawaysColumbia Gorge Getaways: 12 Weekend Adventures, from Towns to Trails – The Columbia River Gorge is known for its gorgeous hiking trails with waterfalls and scenic drives. This is a complete visitor’s guide to the Columbia Gorge and its beautiful surrounding areas. Buy on Amazon


eyewitness travel topEyewitness Travel Top 10 Seattle – If you’re in the city for a cruise and only visiting Seattle for a short time, here’s a short reference book that shows the Top 10 places to go and sites to see in Seattle. Buy on Amazon



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Fodor’s Pacific Northwest – Fodor’s guide to the gorgeous Pacific Northwest is perfect for learning about what there is to see and do in this region that’s unlike anywhere else. Buy on Amazon



hop in the saddleHop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland’s Craft Beer Scene, by BikeBeer and biking – is there anything better? Portland is home to a vibrant brew scene, and this guide shows you the best places to sample local craft brews. Buy on Amazon



food lovers guideFood Lovers’ Guide to Seattle – A guide for all things food in Seattle, this book gives you a firsthand look on the best places to eat in the city. Buy on Amazon



breakfast in bridgetownBreakfast in BridgetownLooking for the best brunch in Portland? This guide will take you through more than 120 restaurants, food carts and hotels for the breakfast scene in Bridgetown. Buy on Amazon




What to Pack When Visiting the Pacific Northwest


Waterproof pull-on ankle boots. Yes, it rains in the Pacific Northwest. When out on excursions you may want to bring along some waterproof boots just in case (unless you’re traveling in the height of summer.) These cute pull-ons have good traction and arch support too and come in a variety of colors. Buy on Amazon.



coleman portable grillColeman Portable GrillJust because you’re in the wilderness doesn’t mean you can’t have a hot meal. Take this portable grill with you wherever you go. Buy on Amazon




osprey packs talon22Osprey Packs Talon 22 BackpackThe Osprey packs are ideal for hiking because they’re lightweight, able to protect your things from stormy weather and won’t give you a sweaty back on those hot summer days. Buy on Amazon



tailgaterz magnetic scTailgaterz Magnetic Screen HouseFrom tailgating parties to camping in the woods, this screen house works a for a variety of occasions. With its magnetic doors and easy set-up, you’ll never want to leave as soon as you step inside! Buy on Amazon



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Handy Tent KitIn this tent kit, you’ll find a dustpan, extra stakes and a mallet to keep your tent stable and clean while you enjoy the great outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. Buy on Amazon



newdora waterproof caNewdora Waterproof Camping Tent (2-3 Person)It’s so green and luscious in the Northwest because it rains a lot here. To protect yourself from the elements, use this waterproof camping tent so you’re ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at you. Buy on Amazon



alkii beanie snow hatAlki’i Beanie Snow HatKeep your ears warm and your head fashionable with this cute snow beanie from Alki’i. Buy on Amazon




columbia hiking shoesColumbia Hiking ShoesYou’ll only get as far as your shoes can take you. These comfortable and thick Columbia hiking shoes are exactly what you need when hiking in the wilderness. Buy on Amazon (Women’s) (Men’s)



northface boreali backpackThe North Face Borealis BackpackThis lightweight backpack by North Face will carry your essentials for both hiking and traveling needs. Buy on Amazon




timberland 22 inche wheeled duffTimberland 22nd Inch Wheeled Duffle LuggageLuggage follows you wherever you go – make sure it’s sturdy enough to handle that daily wear-and-tear. Timberland’s wheeled duffle luggages is built tough to handle your next adventure. Buy on Amazon



bushnell binocularsBushnell Binoculars – Whether you’re enjoying a river cruise, going hiking, or are otherwise surrounded by nature, you can get an up close view with these quality binoculars. Buy on Amazon



patagonia waterproof jacketPatagonia Waterproof JacketTo guard yourself from the Pacific Northwest rain and moisture, you need a protective waterproof jacket no matter what you’re doing outside. Buy on Amazon



windproof umbrellaWindproof UmbrellaYou can be confident that you won’t lose your umbrella during stormy weather with this windproof umbrella. Buy on Amazon





Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Messenger Bag – Carry your water bottle and all you’ll need for a day excursion exploring while keeping your hands free and belongings safe. Anti-theft straps, zip closed, and secure.  Buy on Amazon




Folding Travel Clock – A little clock that does a lot. Don’t lose track of time while traveling – it tells you the date, time, and temperature as well as being an alarm clock without taking up much room.   Buy on Amazon




Books on Northwest History & Culture


sacajaweaSacajawea – Captured by her enemies, married to a foreigner, and a mother at age sixteen, Sacajawea lived a life of turmoil and change. Then in 1804, this incredible woman met Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and led them on a quest to find the Pacific Ocean. Buy on Amazon


journals of lewis and clarkThe Journals of Lewis and ClarkThe journals of Lewis and Clark offer rich, firsthand descriptions of the landscapes, Native American tribes and wildlife they encountered on their journey toward the Pacific Ocean. Buy on Amazon



513umixk6il._sx330_bo1204203200_Astoria: Astor and Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire – A Tale of Ambition and Survival on the Early American Frontier – A thrilling, true-adventure tale of the 1810 Astor Expedition, an epic, now forgotten, three-year journey to forge an American empire on the Pacific Coast.   Buy on Amazon


screen-shot-2022-01-05-at-11.50.14-am The Essential Lewis and Clark edited by Landon Jones. A compact version of the actual journals of Lewis and Clark, telling the tales of exploration, adventures, and difficulties of their journey in their own words.  Buy on Amazon




Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose.

Undaunted Courage : Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West. The best selling historian and author discusses the courage and tenacity of Lewis and Clark, Thomas Jefferson, and the expanding United States.  Buy on Amazon


screen-shot-2022-01-05-at-12.03.50-pm The Truth About Sacajawea by Kenneth Thomasma. A concise account of exactly what we know about Sacajawea’s contribution to the Lewis and Clark expedition. The author’s unique approach lets you draw your own conclusions whether you think Lewis and Clark would have been successful in their journey if they had not Sacajawea along with them.  Buy on Amazon



screen-shot-2022-01-05-at-12.10.48-pm Down and Up the Columbia River by Rex Ziak. This unique book tells the story of Lewis and Clark’s journey along the Columbia River with a pull-out map to help you visualize and even follow along if you are on a drive or ship following the river. It’s unique format and helpful information make it a perfect little guide to have with you.  Buy on Amazon.