Picture-Perfect PNW: 13 AMAZING Winter Spots You Need to See!

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.

Multnomah Falls

A photo of Multnomah Falls in Oregon. It's a long exposure, showing the lower falls, the bridge above it, and a portion of the lower part of the upper falls.
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My top waterfalls to see in Oregon.

Mt. Rainier National Park – Alta Vista Trail

A photo looking down on the snowy hills in Mt. Rainier National Park in winter. There are tall mountains in the background and low hanging clouds.
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Start from Paradise Visitor Center and follow the packed trail. (It’s sort of the Skyline Trail clockwise.)

Lincoln City, OR

cascade head places to photograph in lincoln city
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Cascade Head (above) and more of the best places to see in Lincoln City.

Mt. Rainier National Park – Mazama Ridge

Snowy mountain peaks shot from Mazama Ridge in Mount Rainier National Park.
Photo Credit: Alec Sills-Trausch

Fairy Falls

Fairy Falls is a small, cascading waterfall. Here there are leaves on the ground and the photo is a long exposure, showing a dreamy like view.
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Artist Point

two tents sitting on the snow being illuminated at night with a snow mountain behind it
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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

The unique rock formations at Shi Shi Beach. There's rocks sticking up in all directions with some water in the bottom left.
Photo Credit: Alec Sills-Trausch

Intrigued about Shi Shi? See my full guide.

Abiqua Falls

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Want to visit? See my guide.

Tumalo Falls

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Mt. Rainier National Park

Two hikers brave the windy conditions with snow flying all around. There's mountain peaks rising in the background.
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Hiking around Glacier View on the way to Panorama Point.

Latorell Falls

A picture of Latourell Fall in Oregon. The waterfall is coming down the middle of the picutre, with trees on either side. There's a little bit of wind blowing the waterfall near the bottom.
Photo Credit: Alec Sills-Trausch

La Push Beach

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Mt. Rainier

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Ironically, this was taken from a church parking lot on the way down to Mt. Rainier. Go figure!

Mt. Baker

a picture of mt baker in washington
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This was taken from Huntoon Point during my first winter camping adventure.

Whatcom Falls

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A picture of an orange tent with a fire in the foregroun.
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sequoia national park congress trail
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Author: Alec Sills-Trausch

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Expertise: Hiking, Backpacking, Photography, and Road Trips


Alec Sills-Trausch is a hiker, backpacker, landscape photographer, and syndicated travel writer. He enjoys showing off the beauty of the world through his photos, videos, and written work on ExploreWithAlec.com. Alec is also a 2x cancer survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient, showing the world that there is a future from this terrible disease.

He lives in Washington, where he gets to enjoy the stunning PNW mountains in addition to all the other places he attempts to visit each year! You can see more work on IG at @AlecOutside