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. Waterfall Tour along the Historic Columbia River Highway

    This tour includes waterfalls named Horsetail, Latourell, Wahclella, Punchbowl, Elowah & Bridal Veil, and each is awe-inspiring, as is Multnomah Falls, the second-highest year-round waterfall in the nation.  With more than 75 falls in the Gorge, the concentration of scenic wonders along the historic highway is most memorable. Martin’s…

    Location: 50000 Historic Columbia River Highway, Bridal Veil, OR 97010
  2. Hood River County Fruit Loop

    The Hood River County Fruit Loop is a 35-mile scenic loop through one of the nation’s largest and best fruit-growing regions, featuring fruit stands, wineries, lavender farms, alpaca farms and other agritourism attractions. The Fruit Loop is open year-round, and is family-friendly. Visitors directly support…

    Location: Hwy. 35, Hood River, OR 97031
  3. GingerRoot Wild Food Rendezvous

    The GingerRoot Wild Food Rendezvous challenges a group of adventurers to identify, gather, process and prepare wild Cascadian foods into feasts. Participants learn from and reinvent age-old sustainable cultural practices of Native Americans and pioneers, who gathered much or all of their food from the…

    Location: 3226 Dee Hwy, Hood River, OR 97031
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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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