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. Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness

    The Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness is a major forest protected by Wilderness status within 40 miles of a major metropolitan area -Portland.  It has many of the most beautiful scenic trails in the Cascades, meandering along the Salmon River(Salmon River Trail) and offering breathtaking views of Mt.…

    Location: Welches, OR 97067
  2. Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

    The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is the largest outdoor quilt show in the world, and a visual feast for the eyes. In its 34th year, this show exhibits more than 1,200 quilts on storefronts, balconies, fences and railings throughout town.  The 1880s-themed town of Sisters transformed itself from…

    Location: Cascade Ave, Sisters, OR 97759
  3. Cascade Streamwatch

    Mt. Hood, Oregon’s tallest mountain, beckons travelers through a forested corridor to wade the waters of the Wild and Scenic Salmon River. Located along the Mount Hood Scenic Byway near the town of Welches, Wildwood Recreation Site is a day-use area home to a wide…

    Location: Mt Hood Hwy, Welches, OR
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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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