Trips in the Pacific Northwest, a region along the Pacific Ocean comprising the farthest northwest corner of the United States – the states of Alaska, Oregon, and Washington – and the Canadian province of British Columbia.
Pacific Northwest: The Bucket List
Pacific Northwest: Travel Facts
Facts on Alaska are covered on its own Alaska page.
Main International Airports: Portland, Oregon. Seattle, Washington. Vancouver, British Columbia.
Currency: U.S. dollars, Canadian dollars.
Population: Oregon: 3,900,000. Washington: 6,900,000. British Columbia: 4,640,000.
Capitals: Salem, Oregon. Olympic, Washington. Victoria, British Columbia.
Climate: Maritime temperate rain forest on some parts of the Coast (famously damp and rainy). Inland: Alpine climate in the Cascades. Farther inland: Much drier, with comfortable summers and cold winters. In the mountains, summer is the best time to visit.
Languages: English. Some French spoken in British Columbia.
More facts: U.S. immigration and tourism visas are explained by the U.S. Department of State. Canadian immigration and tourism visas are explained by Visit Canada.
Time zone: British Columbia, Oregon, and Washington are in the Pacific Time Zone, UTC – 8. See World Clock for seasonal adjustments.