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Things to Do in the Pacific Northwest This Winter

Travelers tend to prioritize their visits to the Pacific Northwest during summer, heading south for the winter in search of a warmer climate. Though those who are willing to linger after the first signs of snow will find opportunities for incredible winter adventures in this region, and plenty of cultural things to do.

The following are things to do in the Pacific Northwest this winter.

Snow Sports in Bend

In a unique place between the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains, Bend is a mecca for the outdoor adventurer looking for some time in the snow. There is world-class skiing on Mt. Bachelor, opportunities for snowshoeing, and ample hiking and biking through the mountains and the city.

When you check into your Bend hotel, stop at the front desk or concierge. Sometimes they have partnered with tour companies, and could be able to offer discounts on snow sports.

The Food Scene in SeaTac

The food scene in SeaTac has become one of the region’s biggest draws. Travel guide companies have started producing dining maps, new eateries are popping up every day, and the culinary scene is diverse, spanning a myriad of cuisines.

The sky is the limit on what you can find here. SeaTac is a coastal city with Asian and Mexican influences, and a tradition for fusion. Whether you’re looking for cheap eats, guided food tours or classic restaurants, SeaTac has it all. Many SeaTac hotels have award-winning restaurants on site now too, featuring ambitious chefs who produce outstanding food.

Ice Skating in Spokane

Winter in the Spokane region is characterized by snow sports, though one of the biggest attractions each year is the Riverfront Park Ice Palace.

A nationally recognized outdoor skating rink, this is a fantastic way to embrace the festive season, and enjoy some winter magic and holiday cheer. Skaters of all abilities and ages skate here, and soak in the festive atmosphere. Admission is cheap at $5 for adults at $3.50 per child, and the Palace is located in the heart of downtown, easily accessible from the city’s most central hotels.

Museums in Tacoma

There’s no better way to spend the winter in Tacoma than to retreat indoors and soak up both some culture and some warmth! Tacoma has a range of fascinating museums, which include the Museum of Glass, America’s Car Museum, the Washington State History Museum, and Tacoma Art Museum. There is also the Pacific Bonsai Museum for those interested in Japanese culture as well.

Many cheap Tacoma hotels are within walking distance of the city’s top museums, however if it’s too cold outside, your hotel receptionist will call you a cab.

Salem Witch Museum

Salem’s most visited museum is the Salem Witch Museum, and while many businesses here close down for winter, this museum stays open throughout. Head here to learn about the Witch Trials of 1692 … one of the most emotional events in the history of America. The museum exhibits include actual trial documents, life-size sets to recreate the drama of the time, narration and live guides.

In downtown Salem, the museum is close to central hotels.


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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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