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. Jo’s Organic Deli

    Jo’s, located on the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway in old Downtown Fort Klamath, is an antique auto court built in 1949 by Joanna Taylor.  Jo had run the historic Fort Klamath Hotel for 25 years.  She ran Jo’s for 10 years herself, selling it in…

    Location: 52851 Hwy 62, Fort Klamath, OR 97626
  2. Willamette Mission State Park

    The park occupies land where the first mission for American Indians was founded in 1834 by the Reverend Jason Lee. Members of the Methodist Mission were later active in the formation of Oregon government. A landing for the Wheatland Ferry — the first to carry…

    Location: 10991 Wheatland Rd NE, Gervais, OR 97026
  3. Brewers Union Local 180

    The Brewers Union Local 180 is Oregon’s only real ale pub and brewery.  They offer up to six cask-conditioned ales that are brewed on-site, as well as numerous regional microbrews, wines and hard ciders.  Food is top-notch and is prepared to order.  House specialties include…

    Location: 48329 East 1st St, Oakridge, OR 97463
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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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