I took a vacation from work to visit a few places in Oregon and Washington. Despite this year not being the best in terms of local rainfall, almost everywhere we visited was a carpet of green which along with the hilly and mountainous landscape of the American northwest gave us some breathtaking views. These photos are from some of the highlights.
We got time to visit Olympia, WA too. Olympia was as quaint as Mt. Rainier was grand.
Oregon’s coastline is great too – peppered with small beach towns in places and in others with rocky jagged cliff faces. We drove from Lincoln City to Cape Meares all along the coast, before turning inland into Hillsboro.
Mt. Hood is to Portland, what Mt. Rainier is to Seattle – unlike the latter though, Mt. Hood isn’t inside a National Park. We drove to Trillium Lake and were lucky this time (unlike earlier) with clear weather. Mt. Hood looks truly regal across the lake.
We visited Chihuly Garden & Glass, a museum in the heart of Seattle right next to Space Needle. It was easily among the most beautiful ‘art’ museums I’ve visited. Each exhibit is a riot of colors and the way light interacts with abstract shapes to create interesting reflections & shadows is a treat for the eyes.
Chihuly Museum is inside the Seattle Center, which has several eye-catching structures – Space Needle, the EMP Museum, Pacific Science Center. After spending an evening roaming about, we managed to take the elevators up the Space Needle to its observation deck for some nice nighttime views of Seattle.
I’ve always enjoyed colours at dusk, and the american northwest didn’t disappoint. Each evening was spectacular.