Once you visit the Pacific Northwest, you’ll understand why so many people are flocking to this region every year. There’s no place else that combines the sophistication of city life with the splendor of the outdoors quite like this. From San Francisco’s hip city scene, to outdoor adventures in Victoria, British Columbia, to the American history in Astoria, Oregon, you may just want to move here too.
Best known for its redwood forests and diverse wildlife, the Pacific Northwest is also home to urban attractions, including state-of-the art museums, quaint boutiques and thriving arts and music scenes. From California to Oregon and Washington to British Columbia, this region offers something for everyone. Stroll the seawalk along Campbell River in hopes of spotting a playful seal, savor delicious Pacific Rim seafood in a quaint restaurant or enjoy a heritage walk through towering evergreens. As you journey through the “Great Northwest” you’ll encounter wild landscapes and explore new horizons found nowhere else on earth.
Drive along the Columbia River and up to Mount St. Helens Visit the Vancouver Aquarium and Queen Elizabeth Park, the highest point in Vancouver Take a sightseeing tour around San Francisco See the beautiful Butchart and Butterfly Gardens in Victoria
Areas of Interest
San Francisco Bay
San Francisco offers everything from a hip city scene to amazing outdoor attractions. Head to Golden Gate Park for a walk through the Strybrg Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, spend some time in the Science Museum or have afternoon tea at the Japanese Tea Garden. Take a leisurely stroll around Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square or hop on a boat ride out to Alcatraz, the famous prison located on an island right in the middle of the bay. Stand in awe of giant coastal redwood trees in Muir Woods, some as tall as 250 feet or more. And of course, don’t forget to check out the Golden Gate Bridge, which was painted “international orange” to blend with the natural setting.
Blessed with rugged mountains, tranquil islands and spectacular harbors, British Columbia is an exhilarating destination. From the elegance of high tea at Victoria’s Fairmont Empress Hotel, to the breathtaking Campbell River, “Salmon Capital of the World,” this beautiful area truly offers something for everyone.
What to Pack
Days onboard are casual, and you’ll be most comfortable in sport clothes and resort wear. Shoes should be low-heeled for deck activities. Bring a few sweaters, a jacket, a windbreaker and a raincoat. You don’t have to bring towels, as they are provided. And don’t forget your camera and binoculars, so you don’t miss a thing.
For evening wear, count on three basic types of attire:
Casual: Dresses or slacks and blouses for women, sport shirts and trousers for men
Smart Casual: Dresses or pantsuits for women, jackets for men
Formal: Cocktail dresses for women, suits and ties or tuxedos for men (you can usually arrange to rent a tuxedo onboard)
Ashore, you’ll need comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots as well as a hat and sunscreen for protection from the sun.