Mt. Hood Summit / Photo by Peter Marbach

Enjoy Insights into the Rich Culture and Natural Wonders of the Central Cascades…From the People Who Live Here

The sheer beauty and grandeur of the Central Cascades of Oregon and Washington will make any visitor give pause. But the many stories resting in the region’s foothills, high desert and mountain communities will inspire you to linger and explore. The National Geographic Society has collaborated with community members of the Central Cascades to illuminate the places and experiences that residents think are special. Some of the special qualities that define the Central Cascades are explored below.

Explore the Central Cascades

Just the start of what you’ll find in the Central Cascades

  1. Brewers Union Local 180

    The Brewers Union Local 180 is Oregon’s only real ale pub and brewery.  They offer up to six cask-conditioned ales that are brewed on-site, as well as numerous regional microbrews, wines and hard ciders.  Food is top-notch and is prepared to order.  House specialties include…

    Location: 48329 East 1st St, Oakridge, OR 97463
  2. Columbia Center for the Arts

    There is no place like Columbia Center for the Arts in the Gorge area. This venue showcases visual and performance arts as well as adult and youth art classes. More than 100 regional artists are represented, and the Columbia Art Gallery exhibits change monthly, featuring…

    Location: 215 Cascade Street, Hood River, OR 98672
  3. Woods Creek

    Bring the binoculars and walk the Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife Loop to look for red-breasted sapsuckers, black-throated gray warblers, and Hammond’s flycatchers, among others. Birding is best in the mornings and evenings. ADA Accessible Interpretive Signage Photo courtesy of Terry Gray and Audubon Washington

    Location: Hiwy 12 Milepost 115, Randle, WA
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The National Geographic Central Cascades Geotourism MapGuide

The National Geographic Society has partnered with Travel Oregon and Washington State Tourism to capture the history and heritage of the Central Cascades Region. The results are captured here — and in a colorful, informative print map.

Get your Central Cascades Geotourism MapGuide

What is Geotourism?

Geotourism is tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place – its environment, heritage and the well-being of its residents.

Central Cascade Themes

If you’re new the region, here are seven themes that will help you get to know the Central Cascades of Oregon and Washington.

Sustainable Travel

Sustainability is an important aspect to the concept of Geotourism. Learn how you can get the most out of your travels and leave it beautiful for others to enjoy.

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