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Northwest

Culture, superb nature and new trends, one of the most beautiful area of the United States!

Facing the biggest ocean in the world lies the region of the Pacific Northwest with its irresistible ancient call. You will be fascinated by its scenery and its “Into The Wild” vibe. Ancient forests, snowy volcanoes, countless lakes and gigantic dams make a perfect setting for a relaxed and not exactly rushed lifestyle of its inhabitants and are ideal for those who enjoy outdoor activities. On the other hand, cities like Portland, Seattle and Boise have always been animated by ardent creativity and the spirit of innovation, influencing the international panorama from a cultural point of view as well. 

Which states does it include?

Washington
Idaho
Oregon

When to go?

Summer is perfect for car roadtrips in the Pacific Northwest, the region is very rainy but temperatures are never too low, ideal for travels. Winter is very cold, but the region becomes the perfect place for those who love winter sports.

Oregon, Washington and Idaho are among the most enthusiastically green states, and that disposition is visible in tourism as well, with plenty of organic restaurants or the use of biodiesel for boats carrying tourists to see whales along the Pacific coast. This corner of United States is often underestimated, but it is actually just as good as its neighbour, California. Are you a passionate skier? A wine connoisseur? An avid hiker or a refined gourmand? From the impressive Crater Lake to the Willamette Valley vineyards, from the Olympic National Park to the gastronomic kiosks in Portland, all the way to San Juan Island on the border with Canada and the exclusive ski districts, these states will satisfy your expectations at 360°! 

Washington

Land of volcanoes, wine, grunge and rock'n roll music and great cities rich of contrasts.

What do Starbucks, Bill Gates and Microsoft, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and Twilight have in common? They all hail from “The Evergreen State” of Washington, the land of volcanoes, wine, grunge music and cities full of contrasts. Dominated by the snowy peak of Mount Rainier volcano, Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and its undisputed symbol is the Space Needle, the landmark with a top shaped like a flying saucer that has been towering over the city for over 50 years.

In addition to futuristic parks and architecture, rustic neighborhoods and artisanal coffee shops, the city is also known for controversial public sculptures in the hippy district of Fremont: a gigantic troll smashing a Volkswagen Beetle or a real missile mounted in a side of a building! West of Seattle lies the untouched Olympic Peninsula with the Olympic National Park, where you can go hiking, skiing, fishing or just swim in Lake Quinault.
The starting point for the park is Port Angeles, from where you can also travel to Canada and the San Juan Islands, an oasis of peace and quiet made of 172 outcrops, only four of which are open for visits. Those are known for kayaking opportunities and whale watching. Towards the far west of the island the fans of vampires and werewolves of the Twilight saga should make sure to visit Forks, a cold little town made famous by the books by Stephenie Meyer and the movies made after those books.
In the more rural and conservative countryside there is the city of Spokane with its vibrant night life, the excellent wines of Yakima Valley and famous volcano Mount St. Helens, where you can walk along the 3km of the magmatic duct of Ape Cave.
If you are feeling nostalgic for a bit of the European atmosphere, go to the town of Leavenworth, which has taken the full aspect and style of a Bavarian village, with a great passion for sausages, beer and the traditional Lederhosen pants!

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Idaho

One of the wildest and least urbanized area of the United States

Idaho is one of the state with the most wilderness areas in the United States, a place where not much has changed since the first pioneer explorations.
The heart of the state is characterized by almost complete absence of roads and people; large apartment blocks and skyscrapers have not replaced rustic and traditional log houses, immersed in the scenery that gave Idaho the nickname “The Gem State.”

The capital city, Boise, will give you just a hint of the rich nature of Idaho with the Greenbelt, a green area where you can walk or ride a bike for 48 km, which helped define Boise as “a city of trees.” And then, when you least expect it, the city ambushes you with its Parisian spirit with little downtown bistrots and sophisticated wine bars.
The real adventure starts when you leave the urban centers: the magical Shoshone Falls, the majestic granite rows of the City of Rocks, the Rocky Mountain range, the impetuous waters of the Snake River and the boiling waters of Lava Hot Springs – all this, and much more, awaits for you in Idaho!
Another thing you can do in Idaho: at the Craters of the Moon National Monument, which is the largest lava expanse in the United States, you can experience the elation of a moon walk among the ash cones, craters and lava grottos that go on for as far as the eye can see!
The beauty of this state is so extraordinary and unexpected that even the great Ernest Hemingway fell in love with it and spent the last years of his life in the village of Ketchum and often went skiing in the nearby Sun Valley, which is home to the first ever chair lift and is still today very popular among the international jet set.
They say that all roads lead to Rome, not so true for Idaho – here all roads lead to Stanley, a picturesque little village of 100 inhabitants that with its dirt roads and wooden houses will offer a piece of true, authentic American life

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Oregon

Forests, beaches, mountains, breweries and new technologies!

The Beaver State is famous for its coffee, the creators of The Simpsons Matt Groening, the gold rush and milk, which, despite hundreds of microbreweries, is the official state beverage. Oregon has many traits that set it apart from the other Northwestern states, such as the fact it has no sales tax, which makes it a paradise for those who love to shop.
Almost the entire area of the state is covered by 12mil ha of forests and 26,000 acres of vineyards, concentrated in the region of the Willamette Valley, where you can try some excellent Pinot Noir produced by the local wineries scattered on the hillsides outside Portland.
Speaking of Portland, also known as “The City of Roses” and “Beervana,” this city definitely reserves a short stop and if you want to see as much of it as possible, your ideal choice should be the Aerial Tram: a cable car with a 150m difference in height connecting two parts of the city in just three minutes – a short but intense experience!

Portland is surrounded by the volcanoes of the Oregon Cascades, the favourite destination of many skiers and hikers. Climb the highest peak of Mr. Hood or go rafting down the Snake River in the Hells Canyon, but don’t forget to stop at Pendleton to see one of the famous rodeos or to discover how people live on an actual ranch.
Traveling along the Pacific shore you will arrive to Crater Lake, the most spectacular natural attraction in Oregon, and, with its 594 meters, the deepest lake in the United States. The waters of this lake are so clear and so intensely blue, they will take your breath away!
The Oregon coast has another surprise for you – a small but spectacular version of the Sahara desert: the Oregon Dunes, which, with their 80km of lenght, represent the largest dune expanse in the United States. If you want to relax after your trip, you’ll be happy to learn that in this state there are sixteen hot water springs and that the area of the state capital, Salem, is known for its many spa centers. 

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