What makes this region great?
Southwest Washington follows Lewis and Clark along the majestic Columbia River Gorge to the Pacific Ocean, expanding north to include Mount St Helens, which erupted in 1980, and millions of forested acres to explore. Whether you want to windsurf, ride single track or just sample great locally sourced cuisine, Southwest Washington has you covered.
The Waterfront Renaissance Trail
Nothing signals a city’s evolution more than a well-planned waterfront trail. Vancouver’s 5-mile track is one of the best in the region.
Located along the bank of the Columbia River, Fort Vancouver was a busy fur trading post and the headquarters for the Hudson’s Bay Company. Get a sense of history by touring the reconstructed fort, which includes a bastion, gardens and working trade houses.
Columbia River Gorge
Whether you’re “gramming” the changing seasons or just grabbing lunch with a view, the Gorge offers an amazing backdrop to call home.
Long Beach Peninsula
Long Beach Peninsula is a destination that time forgot, home to coastal wetlands, miles of sandy beach, impressive dining establishments and, of course, legendary kite flying conditions.
Portland, Oregon really is all that. Site of emerging indie bands, the Saturday Market, more food carts (600+!) than you could visit in a year and a consistent blast every time you step over for a visit.
Mount St Helens
Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980 making it one of the most famous volcanoes in the United States. Visitors can hike to several viewing areas or even take a helicopter tour of the crater.
As a teacher and a mom, my family chose to live in Washington state because of the strong public school system and the support for teachers, faculty and our students.
Vancouver School District