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7 Wonderful Reasons to Live in the Northwest ...

By Jessica

I've lived in Oregon my entire life and can definitely say that there are so many reasons to live in the Northwest! This region of the US consists mainly of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. These states are simply incredible from their weather, gorgeous scenery, geological features and outdoor adventures. I have listed some unforgettable reasons to live in the Northwest that will hopefully catch your eye!

1 Temperate Weather

Temperate WeatherBecause of the close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, weather patterns remain steady and temperate. Oregon and Washington are rainy, cool states most of the time and has warm, relatively humid summers with a few hot days. Montana and Idaho are dryer states and have varying weather patterns, with some more extreme temperatures because of the mountainous terrain. Temperatures still remain fairly even during the day with the closeness to the coastline. This non-extreme weather pattern is perfect for everyone and one of the fabulous reasons to live in the Northwest!

2 Green, Green, Green

Green, Green, GreenOregon and Washington have an abundance of green, dense forest and billowing grasslands that are gorgeous to look at. The intense color and lack of dryness is again, due to the proximity of the coastline and the amount of rain that accumulates during the year. Seattle, WA is the rainiest state in the US and Portland OR isn't far off! You can't beat the gorgeous green landscape!

3 Big City Features

Big City FeaturesOregon and Washington have two booming, largely populated cities with attractive features. Seattle WA is home of Pikes Place, the original Starbucks and the Space Needle. Atop the space needle, which overlooks the entire city, is a restaurant that circulates one full rotation every hour. It's a spectacular view! Portland, OR is divided by the Willamette River into Western and Eastern city regions. The west is city center filled with unique shops and hustling of city life. The East side is known for great coffee and better food. They are renowned for their food carts and unique dining. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area!

4 Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River GorgeThe beautiful Columbia River Gorge runs along northern Oregon and southern Washington. The deep, canyon-like walls create an ideal location for windsurfing and sailing. Other fun activities include hiking up Multnomah falls, which is one of the many falls within the Gorge, camping, kayaking, and visiting local towns, restaurants and view points!

5 Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National ParkCrater Lake is located in southern Oregon and is probably the most beautiful geologic feature in Oregon. The crystal blue waters of the lake is the result of a giant caldera and its deepest point is a approximately 2,000 feet. Summer is the best time to enjoy this feature due to snow and road conditions during winter. Outstanding activities include moderate to intense hiking trails, scenic drives, and the boat tour of the lake and volcanic features within the crater base.

6 Glacier National Park

Glacier National ParkLocated on the border of Montana and Canada, Glacier National Park is the most beautiful location I've ever seen! A portion of the park protects the Rocky Mountains, contains hundreds of large and small lakes, waterfalls, and a few remaining glaciers. It's also home to large animals like bears, cougars and wolves. The geological features are probably the most spectacular to view, such as Lewis Overthrust and Chief Mountain. Glaciers and their remnants have preserved fossil evidence of earliest forms of life. The park is really booming with life, past and present, and full of Native American history as well as natural features to behold.

7 Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National ParkThis park spreads across with the state lines of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. It was the first US national park and is home to the famous geyser, Old Faithful. There is continuous volcanism within the park and contains half of the world's geothermal features! Another interesting part of the park is that the Yellowstone Caldera is the largest supervolcano on earth! I've also been here and what I remember most besides all the cool features, was the smell of sulfur, sulfur beds and deep colors of blue and green in various hot spots! The colors are from rich minerals in molten rock like sulfur and iron.

Natural features are so spectacular to behold and the Northwest is full of amazing outdoor adventures as well as city life and culture making up just some of the reasons to live in the Northwest. Have any of you been to any of these tourist spots? For those of you who live in the regions listed above, what are you favorite aspects of living there?

Sources: about.com

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