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
If the fiery volcanoes and mighty Columbia River are the heart and soul of the Central Cascades, it is the Bridge of the Gods that connects the two. There are actually three bridges – one of myth, one geologic and the present-day cantilevered metal span. …Location: Cascade Locks, OR
Fern Ridge Wildlife Area is an excellent area to view wintering waterfowl. Along with ducks you’re likely to spot great blue herons, great egrets, yellow-headed blackbirds, black terns and red-shouldered hawks. Nesting osprey are viewed often in spring and summer. Fern Ridge Wildlife Area holds wetlands,…Location: 26969 Cantrell Road, Eugene, OR 97402
Central Oregon is considered a rock hounding paradise. Prineville has the unofficial title of Rock Hound Capital of the United States! Few places offer the variety of precious gemstones as the high deserts and forests of this part of Oregon. With a little preparation, people…Location: Prineville, OR 97754
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.