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
Whether you want to sea-kayak the beautiful High Cascade Lakes with sweeping mountain views, paddle a gentle section of the Lower Deschutes River among the otters, beavers and eagles, or whitewater-raft an exciting stretch of river just minutes from Downtown Bend, the Deschutes Paddle Trail…Location: Bend, OR
The Dee Wright Observatory has gorgeous views of many volcanoes of the Oregon Cascades, and is situated in the center of a lava field as an ideal location for viewing various cinder cones, volcanoes and other points of interest. Viewpoints from inside the observatory include…Location: Summit of McKenzie Pass, State Route 242, OR 97759
The event is unique in its heritage theme of sheepdog herding, and is held at a working ranch located in at a historically significant area of Douglas County, near the county seat of Roseburg. The event is named after a distinct nearby geological location, the…Location: 10879 Buckhorn Road, Glide, OR 97443
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.