While some may argue how many states are a part of the Pacific Northwest, no one disputes that it includes Washington and Oregon.
These two states have much more to offer than “liquid sunshine.” However, Lewis and Clark would’ve contested this fact. The sun shone only 12 days from December 1805 to March 1806 while their Corps of Discovery camped just a few miles from where this photo was shot. Those who live here know if these explorers had waited to depart until after spring arrived, they may never have left.
Tourist bureaus across the nation may claim that their region should be crowned the most beautiful in America. If we were to hand out the prize, it’d go to this magnificent area with its diverse and awe-inspiring landscapes. One of the most impressive is overlooking the Astoria-Megler Bridge, the longest continuous truss bridge in North America. From here one can watch the mighty Columbia River roll between these two lush green states and the sun slip gently into the Pacific Ocean.