"Lush forests, a pristine coastline, awesome food, frothy microbrews, and music and art galore – Pacific Northwesterners have it good and they don't mind sharing." - Lonely Planet's website
TRAVELING TO SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
The Pacific Northwest is a wonderful but somewhat lesser-known travel destination. The cities of Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver are all deserved of a visit, and the surrounding areas include beautiful mountain ranges, green valleys, and beautiful beaches. Here are our recommendations on the best travel books for travel throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Fodor's Travel: Pacific Northwest
Our recommendation for those traveling to the Pacific Northwest is to pick up the travel guide from Fodor’s. As always, they provide a very thorough and balanced overview on all there is to see and do, with a nice blend of photos and detailed information. The authors provide a nice local insight, and we like the recommended driving itineraries and custom maps oriented for the traveler’s point of view.
The Pacific Northwest's Best Trips: 32 Amazing Road Trips
Our other recommendation for those who want to discover the broader Pacific Northwest region via a road trip is the Lonely Planet series. Their guidebook provides detailed itineraries covering the Oregon Coast, Victoria, the Cascade Mountains, the San Juan Islands, and the Olympic Peninsula. We like the beautiful photography, the full-color route maps, and all the quality insider travel information expected from Lonely Planet.
DK Eyewitness Travel: Top 10 Seattle
Our recommendation on the best guidebook for those traveling to Seattle is the DK Eyewitness Travel series. Their books always have trustworthy information on lodging and sights, but what sets DK apart is the quality of their custom maps. This series is known for its beautiful color photography, and for the editorial focus on art, architecture, and culture. Those just going to Seattle will be fine with the Top 10 Guide, and the Pacific Northwest guide is a good option for those also traveling to Vancouver and/or Portland.