The Pacific Northwest is a region that is renowned for its rainy weather, lush forests, stunning mountains, and gorgeous coastline. It is also known for its rich history, delicious cuisine, as well as for its microbreweries. The country’s gourmet-coffee scene started in this region in Seattle in the form of Starbucks. Today, however, there are a number of coffee artisans that produce some of the best espresso in the world across the Pacific Northwest.
One of the best ways to see most of what this region has to offer is to board one of the Pacific Northwest cruises. If you are a wine connoisseur, cruising along the Pacific Northwest region is the perfect option for you because about 85 percent of this region’s vineyards are located along the valleys, slopes, and hillsides of the tributaries and basins that drain into the Columbia River. There are some cruise companies that offer standalone wine-focused cruises, however, most cruise lines have at least one visit to the vineyards in their itinerary.
Whether you are planning to discover the wildlife in San Juan Islands or Puget Sound, or exploring the picturesque coastlines at Deception Pass State Park in Anacortes, you will definitely enjoy being on one of the Pacific Northwest cruises. If you are a foodie, indulge in a gourmet meal at one of the famous restaurants in Seattle, Vancouver, or Portland. If you are into music, this region has numerous jazz bars, world-class symphonies, as well as indie bands. The Pacific Northwest has something on offer for every kind of traveler!
There are different cruise lines that provide Pacific Northwest cruises immediately before or after the Alaskan cruise season. Therefore, you can board the Pacific Northwest cruises anytime from March to June or September to November. These cruises generally last for around three to seven nights and mainly focus on the city attractions of Seattle, Portland, Washington, and Victoria. Some of the highlights of Pacific Northwest cruises include:
Cruising to San Juan Islands feels like you have entered a whole new world, there is something new around every corner here. Picture a valley dotted with sheep and cows, vineyards with tasting rooms, two lighthouses, terraces of lavender farms, deep lush green forest that gives way to a sparkling sea, and orca whales, San Juan Islands offer all this and more! There are so many things that you can enjoy while you are here. So much so that you will most likely face a dilemma of whether to go kayaking, whale-watching, hiking, fishing, or shopping! If you are here with your family, worry not, there are various family activities that you can engage in such as zip-lining, sailing, paddle-boating or horseback riding. You do not need a car to go around this island, everything is within walking distance.
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