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. Red Oak Glass

    This working glass-blowing hot shop features expert artisans, and beautiful things are being created here all the time. The artists are generous with their time and knowledge. They love the history of the art as well as the present-day form. Visiting Red Oak Glass is definitely an educational…

    Location: 234 Front St, Central Point , OR 97502
  2. Woodpecker Wonderland Festival

    The Woodpecker Wonderland Festival showcases the upper Metolius River basin, where 11 woodpecker species breed in the highest concentration among this charismatic bird family anywhere in North America. Dozens of woodpecker nests can be found and easily observed each summer, and 8 of the 11…

    Location: Metolius Recreation Association, Camp Sherman, OR 97730
  3. Vanport Historical Marker

    Vanport, nicknamed Kaiserville, was a World War II boomtown established in 1942-43 on the south bank of the Columbia River by industrialist Henry Kaiser. Kaiser persuaded the Maritime Commission to fund the nation’s largest housing project to house all of his new shipyard employees and…

    Location: Expo Road, Portland, OR 97225
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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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