Your search for the great outdoors ends the minute you enter the Pacific North Coast. Here the natural beauty is inescapable, whether your plans call for setting out on a whale-watching expedition or going no farther than the balcony on your Endless Vacation Rentals home, apartment or condominium.
Of course most visitors will choose to explore the Pacific's cool waters, the majestic mountains, fjords, fields and streams.
Discover the unmistakable charm of Birch Bay near the Canadian border where clamming, golfing - and even a little gambling - top visitors' things to do. Or Head over to Manson, where Lake Chelan offers a wide array of waters ports fun during the summer and Echo Valley and Mission Ridge provide fresh powder for avid skiers in the winter.
From Redmond to Klamath Falls, Western Oregon makes up almost 100,000 square miles of outdoor fun. Here you can ski at Mount Bachelor, hike along the Deschutes River, explore Crater Lake National Park - or fish, swim and golf just about anywhere.
Farther north to Southeast Alaska, visitors tend to linger, exploring the incredible maze of islands and canals along the Inside Passage. Here you can take a guided fishing tour - Ketchikan still is remembered by many as the "salmon capital of the world" - or explore then amazing collection of totem poles in Ketchikan Guided tour.
IL Fiasco (Tacoma). For that special dinner just for two, consider this tony Italian restaurant named for the straw basket around a Chianti bottle.
Salmon Falls Resort (Ketchikan). Sometimes the place you stay is also the place to go for a great meal, as is the case at Salmon Falls Resort. As an added bonus, the spectacular sunsets over Clover Passage can be viewed from the dining room.
Salmon fishing (Ketchikan). Along the southern tip of Alaska's inside passage, five species of salmon migrate from the Pacific into protected waters. It is here you can catch your day's meal (and the next, and the next...) Guided fishing trips make your experience a memorable one.
Whale watching (Bellingham). Tours depart Bellingham terminal for Orcas Island daily during the summer months. Other wildlife you'll see along the way include porpoises, otters and seals.
Strap on your skis (Mount Baker, Mount Bachelor Echo Valley, Mission Ridge). Skiing is possible less than an hour from your vacation home door when you stay in Endless Vacation resorts in Washington and Oregon.
Golf (Klamath Falls). The Arnold Palmer-designed course at Klamath Falls winds around lakes and through restored wetlands, and was named "America's best new affordable public golf course" by Golf Digest in 1998.
Try your luck at Mill Bay Casino (Manson). One of three Colville Tribal Casinos, Mill Bay offers the latest in gaming and great food at the Coyote Cafe.
The islands and canals of Southeast Alaska. From Ketchikan, explore the islands and canals of Southeast Alaska (Revillagigedo, Prince of Wales) on a jet boat. Tours can be booked at Salmon Falls Resort.
Crater Lake National Park. Come see the vivid blue waters of Crater Lake on the crest of the Cascade Mountain Range in Southern Oregon. Boat tours are a great way to see, and learn, about the deepest lake in the U.S., which resides in a volcanic basin.
Pike Place Market (Seattle). A day trip to Seattle wouldn't be complete without a visit to Pike Place Market, a Seattle institution since 1907. Fresh seafood bought here can be packed in dry ice and enjoyed after you return home.
Creek Street (Ketchikan). This is the place to go for those gifts you promised for family and friends. Check the cruise ship schedule to avoid the crowds.