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. Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site

    Thompson’s Mills is a unique reminder of times past, chronicling the past 150 years of Oregon rural life. It is the oldest water-powered grain mill in the state: its system of waterways, dams, control gates, ditches and dikes has moved water from the Calapooia River…

    Location: 32655 Boston Mill Rd, Shedd, OR 97377
  2. Hood River County Fruit Loop

    The Hood River County Fruit Loop is a 35-mile scenic loop through one of the nation’s largest and best fruit-growing regions, featuring fruit stands, wineries, lavender farms, alpaca farms and other agritourism attractions. The Fruit Loop is open year-round, and is family-friendly. Visitors directly support…

    Location: Hwy. 35, Hood River, OR 97031
  3. Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum

    Nestled in the Hood River Valley along the Columbia River you’ll find the opportunity to step back in time and see life as it was in the early era of flight and automobile transportation. The Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM) is a living…

    Location: 1600 Air Museum Road (1586 Tucker Rd), Hood River, OR 97031-9680
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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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