This summer explore one of the most distinctive features of the Pacific Northwest, the temperate rain forest, stretching from Northern California to Alaska. Between ocean and mountain range lies a lush, beautiful landscape with grizzly bears and giant redwoods. Buckle up for a scenic drive down the coast because adventure abounds!
Great Bear Rainforest
North of Vancouver Island, deep in the wilderness of British Columbia, exists some of the largest intact areas of temperate rainforest in the world. Whether a serious adventurer or casual traveler, the Great Bear Rainforest offers a pure wilderness experience. Stay in remote cabins and luxurious lodges where you have the opportunity to kayak, hike through pristine rain forest and view the Spirit bear, a unique species of black bear with white fur, against a rugged mountain backdrop. Begin the adventure by ferry from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island to Bella Coola, the gateway to the Great Bear Rainforest. For more information, visit hellobc.com/great-bear-rainforest.aspx.
Hoh Rain Forest
A mere two-hour drive from Port Angeles on Highway 101 leads to the Hoh Rain Forest on the Olympic Peninsula. Camp in one of the last remaining old-growth forests in Washington, where mosses and ferns blanket every surface in a lush green canopy. Don a raincoat and hike into the Olympic National Park on the Hoh River Trail, carrying you through the enchanting rain forest to the shoulder of Mount Olympus. For more information, visit nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/visiting-the-hoh.htm.
Siuslaw National Forest
Continuing south on Highway 101 along the coast brings you to Oregon’s Siuslaw National Forest. As one of two rain forests in the continental United States bordering the Pacific Ocean, Siuslaw National Forest is a diverse landscape characterized by thick, tall Douglas fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce. Hike, fish and camp in the forest or along the coast to experience the natural wonders of this environment. For more information, visit traveloregon.com.
Redwood National Park
Temperate rain forests in the Northwest include the infamous giant redwoods in Northern California, which thrive in the moist, humid climate of the Pacific fog-belt. Experience the enchantment of these 300-feet-tall, 2,000-year-old trees on a hike, scenic drive or canopy tour. The Redwood National Park offers backcountry camping and developed campgrounds, but lodging can also be found in the coastal towns of Humboldt County. More information can be found at redwoods.info.