Fodor's the Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West (Paperback)
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With the growing interest in adventure travel, national parks, hip cities, and wine and micro-breweries, the Pacific Northwest attracts a huge number of visitors every year. This dramatic region stretching 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: New hotel and restaurant reviews cover recently opened properties throughout the region along with special focus on the popular brewery and winery scenes. This edition features the best reasons to go to scores of rugged Pacific coast beaches. -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 the top attractions and experiences, highlighting must-see sights from Stanley Park in Vancouver to microbreweries in Portland. 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 stunning 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. -INCLUDES: Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Willamette Valley, Mt. Hood, Bend, Mt. St. Helens, San Juan Islands, Olympic National Park, Mt. Rainer, Victoria, and more. -ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's travel guide is researched and written by local experts.