Underappreciated spots in the Pacific Northwest
The Pacific Northwest is one of the most recognized areas in the United States. The beguiling mix of trees, water, and mountains make for some absolutely gorgeous days. Unfortunately, when brought up in the mainstream, places like Seattle, Portland and Vancouver dominate the talk, leaving some of the best spots behind.
Here we’ll take a deep dive on two of the most underrated spots to discover in the PNW.
First, is the city of Poulsbo, Washington. The mid-sized city is located on Liberty Bay in Kitsap County, and has historic roots from overseas.
Poulsbo was founded in the 1850’s by a group of Scandinavian immigrants and has since maintained the flair that helped get the city started. Downtown Poulsbo is built to resemble a Scandinavian town and has been monikered “Little Norway” by locals.
Just a short walk from the strip is Liberty Bay, an inlet that is always full of boats. The windy nature of the area makes it an especially popular spot for sailboats.
Overall it’s just a great little town that definitely deserves a visit if you are ever near.More details, including a very helpful ‘walking map’ can be found on their website here.
Our next stop in the PNW is Tillamook, Oregon. If you ever heard of the dairy brand, you probably just got excited.
Yes, Tillamook is home to the cheese, ice cream and milk makers of the same name, but there is more to it than just that.
The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is a great place to start. Oregon is chalk-full of pioneer history and this one, founded in 1935, is one of the most distinguished, thanks to their huge collection of over 55,000 items to take in. The tour will only cost you a few bucks and is a great place to learn more about the famous ‘Oregon Trail’ and the Western expansion in general.
Another museum worth your attention is the Tillamook Air Museum. This is an ideal spot for ‘Airheads’ and WWII historians, as most of their planes are from the latter time. The jewel of this spot is the Hangar that is over 7 acres long and over 15 stories high and contains a rotating roster of planes.
Lastly, we’ll have to check out the famous Tillamook Factory. The beloved dairy brand just opened a brand new ‘Creamery’ last summer, where you can experience a variety of Tillamook-branded events.
You can get a behind the scenes look at the factory floor where the cheese is cut, wrapped and shipped, and watch a video of their history in the theater. Before you leave you can visit their acclaimed cafe that serves a menu full of cheese, ice cream and other products made right there.
The pacific Northwest is packed of hidden gems like these, and whether you decide to check these two spots out for yourself, or pave your own PNW trip, you won’t be disappointed.
Written by Dallin Duffy
Edited by Aparna Pathak