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. Gateway Farm

    Located on Linn County’s covered bridge tour, Gateway Farm offers a glimpse of alpacas, heritage-breed chickens and small-farm friendliness on the banks of Thomas Creek, one of the best swimming creeks in all of Oregon. Gateway Farm uses alpacas and other unusual breeds as part of…

    Location: 41390 Hwy 226, Scio, OR 97374
  2. Memorial and Boones Ferry Parks

    The park system in Wilsonville is built around a community that treasures its green spaces. Memorial Park is more than 120 acres and is along the Willamette River. It features boat access, kayak launching areas, docks, water trails, beautiful hiking trails in the woods, bird watching, community…

    Location: Memorial Drive and Park Place, Wilsonville, OR 97070
  3. Lara House Lodge

    The Lara House Lodge is a beautifully restored 1910 Craftsman, built by the Lara family, one of the first business owners in Bend. Located downtown in the Historic District at the heart of Bend and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Lara…

    Location: 640 NW Congress St., Bend, OR 97701
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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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