Pacific Northwest travel offers the magic of Oregon and Washington States in the USA and the province of British Columbia in Canada. Beautiful landscapes vary from angry waves crashing against Pacific Ocean rock stacks to rolling hills of grapes heavy on the vines awaiting their fate to become celebrated local wines. Although I’ve traveled all over the world, my heart always expands when the plane flies over the Cascade Mountains on the way home.
I was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up on a dairy farm in nearby Scappoose. While I eventually settled in Seattle, Washington, my family still lives in this area of Oregon and ties remain strong to the Beaver State. To learn more, check out the About Me page.
No matter your fancy, there is a little nugget of gold for everyone visiting (or living in) the Pacific Northwest. This website focuses on the best ways to connect a desire to see and experience all the beauty offered in this peaceful corner of the planet while also delving a little deeper into meaningful and respectful connections with the land and people. My ideas might involve a little more work and creative vision — but you’ll find the reward is worth diving a little deeper.
There are a few different ways to access just the right information for you.
Pacific Northwest travel — destinations heading
Since many of you have something particular in mind for Pacific Northwest travel, I’ve organized all the articles featured on the website according to destination. From here you can fan out to just the right information designed to inspire wanderlust — whether from the comfort of your own home or actually showing up to walk the earth. You’ll find this in the main menu on top of the page, but can also click Destinations, right here.
Pacific Northwest maps
Since I love maps you’ll find them on almost every page of Kessi World. I encourage you to take a look at the master list, titled Pacific Northwest Maps. I’m constantly updating these with new finds, including fun road trip itineraries, restaurants, and great places to stay.
Explore the freshest Pacific Northwest travel content
Exploring this great land is a true love of mine and I’m passionate about bringing you detailed, complete, and freshly updated information. My articles are published weekly, so check back for the newest offering of Pacific Northwest goodness via words and photos. To get you started, I’ve rounded up the newest pieces of work, curated below. Click on one of them to start your own personalized journey through Kessi World.
My favorite ways to explore Seattle in November. Old-growth forests to sweeping seashores, learn how to “nature” the gray away.
My favorite Pacific Northwest hotels and places to stay that offer unique experiences in Oregon and Washington State.
Museums, art, and shops in the Seattle area that offer a starting point for non-Native’s wanting to learn about the Coast Salish People.
Autumn leaves, parks and art, my curated list of 25 outdoor things to do to enjoy Fall in Seattle. Includes lots of photos and an interactive map.
Turn the drive between Portland and Seattle into an excellent off-the-grid experience exploring Spirit Lake and the secret side of Mount St. Helens. Includes my interactive map and downloadable checklist.
A story about my spiritual connection to Seattle, brought to life through photos of my favorite places in the Emerald City.
My favorite itinerary of soulful stops, including parks & gardens, on a day trip to Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap Peninsula. Includes an interactive map.
23 of my favorite things to do in Port Townsend, Washington. Includes interactive map, photos and “greatest hits” checklist to download.
Road trip adventure, including an interactive map and downloadable checklists, to inspire the best 3-day drive through the famous John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
Are you new or moving to Seattle? Balance the stress of starting a new life with tranquility that nature provides — 8 essentials from a Washington local.
Photo gallery highlights Big Four Ice Caves, including wild flowers and berries on the forest hike and waterfalls on the mountain peak above.
Beach-combing to eating fresh seafood, there are so many things to do on Whidbey Island I had to narrow it down to my top 8. Includes map.