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. Longhouse Education and Cultural Center

    Learn about the many cultures and regional Native communities that collaborated on the design and construction of this center—attend a Native arts fair, hear Northwest story tellers, or watch a Tsimshian Fourth Generation dance performance at The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at Evergreen State…

    Location: 2700 NW Evergreen Parkway, Olympia, WA 98505
  2. Estacada Arts Scene

    Estacada’s history as a rough-and-tumble timber town is both celebrated and overcome by a vibrant and diverse artistic community. Estacada’s artistic community has expanded from one “Mural-in-a-Day” to annual mural paintings (12 and counting), a fine arts cooperative gallery, an annual arts and music festival…

    Location: 475 SE Main St., Estacada, OR 97023
  3. Blackberry Jam Festival

    This annual family-fun event is held in Lowell, on the Dexter Reservoir overlooking a beautiful, verdant recreation area. The event includes drag boat races on the lake, live music and food venues, art contests and a fishing derby with a prize of $10,000.   The fully restored…

    Location: Rolling Rock Park, Lowell, OR 97452
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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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