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WASHINGTON                                                          Gorge National  Scenic  Area from the decks of a
                                                                                  Experience  the  beauty  of  the  Columbia  River
                                                                                sternwheeler. Long before automobiles, paddle-wheel
                                                                                boats were the only practical  way to travel and at
                                                                                the turn of the century there were over 100 of these
                                                                                vessels along the Columbia River Gorge. Today the
                                                                                views are as beautiful and the history as rich as when
                                                                                our forefathers explored this majestic region.
                                                                                  SPECIAL EVENTS:
                                                                                  Carson - Stevenson Ridge Run: May
                                                                                  Good Old-fashioned 4th of July
                                                                                  Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival: July
                                                                                  Skamania County Fair & Timber Carnival: August
                                                                                  Oktoberfest
                                                                                  Christmas in the Gorge
                                                                  Downtown Seattle
                                                                       photo by:
                                                                   Tiffany Von Arnim  I-5 NORTH SEATTLE TO BC BORDER
      Seattle                                                                   Anacortes
        Location:  On I-5, about midway between   HWY 14 EAST OF VANCOUVER        Location: On Fidalgo Island, easternmost of the
        Washington’s borders  with  Canada  and   ALONG THE COLUMBIA RIVER        San Juan Islands, accessible by bridge from the
        Oregon, on Puget Sound. Population:  City:                                west and from Whidbey Island to the south on
        635,000; Metropolitan Area: 3.6 million. Visitor   Stevenson              Star Route 20.  Served by the Washington State
        Information: Website: www.seattle.gov.  Location:  On Highway 14, 45 miles  east  of   Ferry, connecting the San Juans and Sidney/
                                             Vancouver, WA.  Population:  1,500. Visitor   Victoria BC; 90 miles north of Seattle, 60 miles
        Surrounded by water, densely packed with scenic   Information:  Skamania  County Chamber of   south of  Vancouver, BC. Population: 16,000.
      hills and tree lined streets, and with snow capped   Commerce,  PO Box 1037, 167 NW Second   Visitor Information: Anacortes Chamber  Visitor
      mountains visible in almost every direction, Seattle is   Avenue  (Hwy 14) Stevenson,  WA 98648;   Information Center: 819 Commercial Ave; Phone:
      a rare urban environment where outdoor style living   Phone: (509) 427-8911 or 800-989-9178;   (360) 293-3832; Website: www.anacortes.org.
      has not been sacrificed for cosmopolitan culture.  One   Website: www.skamania.org
      of America’s most livable cities, its central core has                      Anacortes is a relaxed and arty small city offering
      been converted to colorful historic districts that hold   Nestled between the Columbia River to the south   unlimited opportunities for recreation, graced by an
      the best of the city’s arts, shopping and nightlife.    and the mountains and basalt cliffs of the Gorge to the   incomparable setting on Puget Sound and a mild
      Seattle  is a cultural hot spot recognized for its   north, Stevenson offers respite from the bustle of large   climate generating about 40% less rain than Seattle.
      alternative music scene and jazz history. The city has   cities, with a laid back lifestyle reminiscent of earlier   The  town  occupies 12  miles  of ocean  shoreline  and
      also enjoyed success as a Boeing aircraft, computer   decades.  Incorporated in 1907, Stevenson is the county   maintains over 3000 acres of park and forestland,
      and high tech communications center.  seat of Skamania County and many of the downtown   dotted with 5 freshwater lakes. Enjoy sailing, power
                                           buildings were built at that time.   boating, whale watching, hiking, kayaking, mountain
                                             Today, you can stroll along riverfront parks and
         I-5 SOUTH SEATTLE TO VANCOUVER, WA                                     biking,  golf,  camping,  sport  fishing,  bird  watching,
                                           witness colorful windsurfer sails jumping and twisting   scuba diving, beach combing and much more.
      Vancouver                            on  the  Columbia’s  swells.  The  area  offers  scenic   Anacortes is homeport for numerous sailing and power
                                           drives and waterfalls, dozens of wineries, the world’s
        Location: Interstates 5 and 205, 2 miles north   only Sasquatch refuge, music and cultural events and   yacht charters. There are four full-service marinas and
                                                                                three public boat launches.
        of Portland, Oregon and 160 south of Seattle.   every type of recreational pusuit imaginable.
        Population: 46,380. Visitor Information: Greater   Take  a  journey  backward in  time  and visit  the   Bellingham
        Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, 404 E. 15th   Columbia  Gorge Interpretive  Center, which houses
        Street, Suite 11, Vancouver, WA 98663; Phone:   historical exhibits focusing on the Cascade Chinook   Location: 90 miles north of Seattle on Interstate
        (360) 750-1553.                    peoples who lived in this area for millennia.  The   5, an hour south of Canada. Population: 67,171.
                                           Museum’s Grand Gallery presents very large artifacts   Visitor  Information:  Bellingham/Whatcom
        When  exploring  Vancouver, visitors can  relive   from the timber and fishing industries, and a waterfall!   County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Phone:
      history at Fort  Vancouver National Historic Site,   Don’t  miss  the  theater  presentation  recreating  the   (360) 671-3990; Email: tourism@bellingham.org.
      Officers’  Row  National  Historical  District,  Pearson   cataclysmic  formation  of the  Gorge,  or the  world’s
      Air Museum, Pomeroy Living History Farm, Salishan   largest rosary collection, including one belonging to   Located on Bellingham Bay with Mt. Baker as its
      Vineyard and Lewis and Clark Railway.  President Kennedy in World War II.  backdrop,  Bellingham  is the  last  major city  before
                                                                                the Washington coastline meets the Canadian border.
                                                                                Transportation  links connect  the community  to the
                                                                                nearby San Juan Islands and Victoria on Vancouver
                                                                                Island. Bellingham  is the southernmost port for
                                                                                the Alaska Ferry System, which makes week long
                                                                                voyages through Alaska’s Inside Passage.
                                                                                Mt. Baker/Glacier
                                                                                  Location:    Approximately  80 miles  north of
                                                                                  Seattle on Highway 5 to Mt. Baker Hwy 542 at
                                                                                  Bellingham.

                                                                                     View the gorgeous scenery at your own pace while
                                                                                hiking the multiple trails of the Mt. Baker Recreation
                                                                                Area, ranging from easy stretches to advanced
                                                                                trekking.  The  Pacific  Crest  trail  goes  right  through
                                                                                the  Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie  Forest.   With  snowfall
                                                                                up to 1100 inches in one season, Mt. Baker has the
                                                                                world record for snowfall!  The slopes and trails offer
                                                                                the best powder anywhere for skiing, snowboarding

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