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. Jackson F. Kimball State Park

    J.F. Kimball State Park is situated in a pristine forest setting at the headwaters of the Wood River. The river emerges as bubbling springs from a rocky mountainside into a beautiful, large, clear-blue lagoon. The park features 10 primitive campsites, canoe access to the Wood River…

    Location: Sun Pass Highway, Fort Klamath, OR 97626
  2. Crystal Mountain

    Crystal Mountain Resort is predominantly a ski area but this natural land has much to offer in the off-season months as well. In the summer the resort provides scenic chairlift rides, a mountaintop restaurant, hiking, fishing, tennis, and mountain biking. After Labor Day the ski…

  3. TrackersNW

    TrackersNW started in Portland and has become a Portland staple. Their staff are more than instructors, they are urban hunter-gatherers, urban homesteaders and people who are living a very unique and localized life in the middle of the city. They stem from the true eclectic nature of…

    Location: 5040 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, OR 97202
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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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