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.
How to see Newport, Oregon, in one day
This one-day itinerary to Newport, Oregon, is terrific because you can experience the “greatest hits” of the Oregon Coast in a concentrated area. Enjoy a vibrant harbor, a world-class Aquarium, two lighthouses, a historic beach, and ancient forests in a nature-forward manner that’s great for the soul.
25 Hidden Oregon and Washington hotels — unique places to stay
I’ve done the work for you — locating and vetting 25 hidden Oregon and Washington hotels won’t appear in usual online searches of places to stay in the Pacific Northwest.
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How to find magic at Oswald West State Park
Oregon Coast icon near Cannon Beach. My personal guide to quick, intermediate, and all-day hikes. Includes old-growth, creeks, beach, cliff views, and nature’s magic.
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10 Oregon Coast hikes to reclaim the soul
The ten best Oregon Coast hikes to balance time with the spirits of nature. All my local knowledge, includes videos, interactive maps, and photos.
My favorite unique Pacific Northwest hotels — a winter list of places to stay
My favorite Pacific Northwest hotels and places to stay that offer unique experiences in Oregon and Washington State. Includes lots of Tiktok videos!
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Fall in Seattle — 25 of the best outdoor things to do
Autumn leaves, parks and art, my curated list of 25 outdoor things to do to enjoy Fall in Seattle. Includes lots of photos, an interactive map, and many of my Tiktok videos.
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Wallowa Lake Tramway — Eagle Cap Wilderness magic
Experience the thrilling 3,700 ft ride in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of Eastern Oregon — near Joseph, Oregon. All you need to know about Wallowa Lake Tramway.
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Wallowa Lake Lodge — a good night’s sleep in Eastern Oregon’s alpine wilderness
Enjoy the pristine nature of the Joseph, Oregon area while staying at historic Wallowa Lake Lodge — interactive map, photos, and more…
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Quinault Loop Trail — nature’s magic in an Olympic Peninsula rainforest
My favorite all-in-one trail on the Olympic Peninsula. Quinault Loop Trail is the best way to explore a pristine Washington State rainforest — especially if you’re short on time.
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Experience the rich Washington rainforest wonderland at Lake Quinault Lodge
Nestled deep within the Olympic Peninsula rainforest in Washington, Lake Quinault Lodge brings to life a perfect mixture of magical nature.
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Seattle in Summer — the best outdoor things to do
Emerald City in Summer? Much warmer! Pack a picnic and follow this list of the 20 best outdoor things to do in Seattle. Includes interactive map.
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My favorite things to do in Seaside, Oregon
My favorite things to do in Seaside, Oregon, including an interactive map for eating, drinking, and wandering along the Oregon Coast.
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