Seattle is located in Washington, the USA’s most northwestern state. Despite its cosmopolitan vibes and thriving commercial centre, Seattle is one pretty city. Even in the heart of Seattle, it’s impossible to escape the great outdoors, as the city includes thousands of acres of parkland and stunning coastlines. Amongst the green, you’ll also find modern, futuristic skyscrapers like the Space Needle, and plenty of gourmet coffee houses - this is, after all, the home of Starbucks. Travel south to Portland, Oregon and explore the hipster capital of the States. The city centre buzzes with a vibrant cultural scene including excellent performing arts, live music, museums, and world-class restaurants. Portland is also an excellent place for outdoor enthusiasts - sitting on the banks of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, and right at the base of Mount Hood, there are kayaking, boating and fishing activities available, along with year-round skiing and snowboarding. However, any trip to the Pacific Northwest would be incomplete without venturing into some of its outstanding national parks. See the USA’s deepest lake at Crater Lake National Park, hike the Cascade mountain range in North Cascades National Park, or discover the stunning Puget Sound at the San Juan Islands National Historic Park. On your adventures, you might spy Pacific Northwest wildlife like the grizzly bear or mountain lion.