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
The Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival combines internationally acclaimed jazz, blues, and pop musicians with local wines, fine artists from around the Northwest, and area restaurants. This Festival focuses on one of America’s most important and unique art forms: Jazz Music! Some of the best–including: Preservation…Location: Esther Short Park, 8th & Columbia Streets, Vancouver, WA 98660
The Breitenbush community carefully stewards the land that encompasses the geothermal location. They utilize the geothermal energy, construct buildings that are fitting and unobtrusive, and maintain a system of trails. There are many facets to the educational experience at Breitenbush. Many workshops and classes are…Location: Breitenbush, OR
The Down the River Cleanup is one of the largest volunteer river cleanups in the Northwest. It brings together the human-powered sports community (rafting, kayaking, fishing, tubing, canoing, sea kayaking, etc.) for a single day of river stewardship. It is a volunteer day on the river…Location: Barton Park Rd, Barton, OR
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.