Living in the PNW in winter can be cruddy. I mean, it’s currently on day who-knows-what of rain. But exploring the PNW in winter can also be mesmerizing! I mean, there’s not much better than snow-covered peaks.
We also have plenty of snowboarding, skiing, and snowshoeing. But if you don’t like snowy sports, you can still see incredible waterfalls, gorgeous coastlines, and so much more. Below are some of my favorite photos of winter from across the Pacific Northwest.
My top waterfalls to see in Oregon.
Mt. Rainier National Park – Alta Vista Trail
Start from Paradise Visitor Center and follow the packed trail. (It’s sort of the Skyline Trail clockwise.)
Lincoln City, OR
Cascade Head (above) and more of the best places to see in Lincoln City.
Mt. Rainier National Park – Mazama Ridge
In the winter months, Artist Point is only accessible by foot. The road is closed at the Mt. Baker Ski Resort. This is about a 3.5-hour drive from the Seattle metro area.
Shi Shi Beach
Intrigued about Shi Shi? See my full guide.
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Mt. Rainier National Park
Hiking around Glacier View on the way to Panorama Point.
La Push Beach
Ironically, this was taken from a church parking lot on the way down to Mt. Rainier. Go figure!
This was taken from Huntoon Point during my first winter camping adventure.