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. McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival

    The McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival is a one-day celebration of the history of the wooden whitewater dory invented on the McKenzie River.  Each year hundreds of people attend this event to show and view historic boats and new boats from all over the Pacific…

    Location: 49198 McKenzie Hwy., Vida, OR 97488
  2. Mt. Hood Hamlet Bed and Breakfast

    The community (hamlet) of Mt. Hood, on an Oregon Scenic Byway, hearkens back to the late 1800s, when early pioneers were homesteading the Northwest.  The community had the first officially established Post Office in the Upper Hood River Valley in 1890, designated “Mt Hood.”  The…

    Location: 6741 Hwy 35, Mt. Hood, OR 97041
  3. Oregon Wine Tasting Room

    At the Oregon Wine Tasting Room, you can taste and buy from all Oregon appellations. It is the oldest wine-tasting room in Oregon and has the most extensive selection of Oregon wines under one roof.

    Location: 19690 SW Highway 18, McMinnville, OR 97411
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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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