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Southwest Washington

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Discover a scenic region with towering volcanoes, wild national parks and historical attractions in this beautiful part of Washington state.

Southwest Washington offers undeveloped wilderness and scenic views across valleys. One of the areas encountered by early 19th-century explorers Lewis and Clark on their journey west, Southwest Washington retains its pioneering spirit to this day and its residents also display a desire to live harmoniously with the land. Hike up an active volcano, kayak on a lake that’s a state park and explore charming small towns.

One of the main draws of Southwest Washington is the city of Vancouver where history, art and nature all mingle. Discover the flourishing music scene by attending a classical concert put on by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and enjoy an outdoor concert series at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater. Spend time at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a reconstructed fort with gardens and a village.

Not far from Vancouver is a treasure trove of natural sites. Swim or kayak through Battle Ground Lake State Park, a stunning lake created by ancient volcanic activity and surrounded by forests at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Ride on horseback through Bells Mountain Trail in Yacolt and take a guided tour through the rocky terrain on Cape Horn. Hike through Dog Mountain in the spring to see endless fields of wildflowers and gather a few friends to play disc golf in Leverich Park.

There is nowhere better to observe the power of nature than Mount St. Helens, an active volcano closely monitored by expert geologists. Take a helicopter tour of the area for a bird’s-eye view or keep your distance and view the volcano from the Johnston Ridge Observatory.

North of Mount St. Helen’s is the town Centralia, where charming downtown streets are dotted with boutique shops. Head south to reach Camas and the Lacamas Lake Park to take a boat out on the water or relax on the shore.

Take the scenic Amtrak Cascades train service to Vancouver or Kelso. The closest airports are Portland International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Drivers can enter the region via several interstate highways.

Whether you come to relax or for wilderness adventure, Southwest Washington is a dream vacation destination.

Where to stay in Southwest Washington

Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
3.5 out of 5
1500 SE 167th Ave, Vancouver, WA
The price is $136 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Vancouver Mall, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, and Jantzen Beach Center. Portland Expo ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (581 reviews)
"We found the Hotel to a good value and enjoyed our stay. Would definitely recommend this hotel to other travelers looking to stay in the Vancouver area."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
3 out of 5
1108 E. Marina Way, Hood River, OR
The price is $189 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Offering direct access to the beach, this Hood River hotel is on the riverwalk and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mount Hood Railroad and Indian Creek Golf Course. Hood ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (969 reviews)
"I loved that it’s right on the water. I didn’t like that I was unable to get a river view as requested!"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
Heathman Lodge
Heathman Lodge
3.5 out of 5
7801 NE Greenwood Dr, Vancouver, WA
The price is $164 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Vancouver Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Esther ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,272 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Heathman Lodge
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Gateway Inn
Gateway Inn
3 out of 5
38820 State Route 706 East, Ashford, WA
The price is $147 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Situated in the historical district, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Mount Rainier National Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Longmire Museum and Ex-Nihilo ...
3.4/5Good! (764 reviews)
"We liked the gift shop adjacent to property and the congeniality of the personnel"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Gateway Inn
Sonesta ES Suites Portland Vancouver 41st Street
Sonesta ES Suites Portland Vancouver 41st Street
3 out of 5
7301 NE 41st Street, Vancouver, WA
The price is $161 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Situated in Vancouver, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Vancouver Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Esther Short ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (698 reviews)
"Spacious rooms. Only bummer with this place is they do not do housekeeping. I requested it on my third day and they said they only clean rooms after 7 days."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Portland Vancouver 41st Street
Copper Creek Inn at Mt Rainier
Copper Creek Inn at Mt Rainier
3 out of 5
35707 SR 706 E, Ashford, WA
Situated on a river, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cascade Range and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Mount Rainier National Park. Gifford Pinchot National Forest is ...
3.7/5Good! (64 reviews)
"Rustic cabin with all the luxury’s from home. Fireplace amazing ambiance"

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Copper Creek Inn at Mt Rainier
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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