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. Hosmer Lake

    Hosmer Lake is in the Deschutes National Forest and is a natural area with diverse pine forests, wildflowers in the summer and wildlife. In 1962, the lake was named in honor of Paul Hosmer, a long-time resident of Bend and a well-known amateur naturalist. Atlantic…

    Location: Hosmer Lake, OR
  2. Flying Turtle Gallery

    The Flying Turtle Gallery is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range.  The gallery offers a unique blend of work from a select group of artists who reside in the Central Cascades.  The art is varied in style and media, with much of…

    Location: 47488 Highway 58, Oakridge, OR 97463
  3. Hood River Lavender Farms

    Hood River Lavender Farms is a certified-organic u-pick lavender farm situated on the top of Straight Hill surrounded by orchards, 1 mile off Hwy 35, offering amazing views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and the Hood River Valley below. It has a large wildflower garden…

    Location: 3801 Straight Hill Rd, Hood River, OR 97031
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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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