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.
Just the start of what you’ll find in the Central Cascades
Memaloose State Park is a virtual oasis of beauty in the hottest part of the Columbia River Gorge, 11 miles west of The Dalles off Interstate 84. Temperatures can top 110 F on a summer day, but Memaloose always manages to provide cool comfort, lush…
The Gorge White House is a unique “agri-cultural” experience that blends a historic structure, agricultural heritage of the valley, art and wine. The owner grew up in the home and is a fourth-generation orchardist with a wealth of knowledge about the orchard industry. The Gorge…Location: 2265 Highway 35, Hood River, OR
This waterfront part has very special significance to the local community. Since 1992, the locals have been planning and hoping for a park at the waterfront on this site. In 2006 the Port of Hood River donated the site to the City of Hood River…Location: Portway Avenue, Hood River, , OR 97031
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.
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.
- Sculpted by Water, Fire & Ice
- Northwest Tribes
- Our Roots
- Adventurous Spirits
- A Place For Refuge & Recreation
- Local Visionaries
- Nature’s Bounty
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.