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Visit the Best Small Cities in the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest has long been a destination for nature lovers and eco-friendly travelers, thanks to its wide expanse of heavily forested mountains, clear, beautiful lakes, and eco-minded cities. Though many tourists flock to Seattle and Portland, there are plenty of lesser-known cities in the area that offer a perfect mix of nature and city life with less tourists around and at more affordable prices.

Book your trip today to explore the less-discovered cities of the Pacific Northwest below!

Salem, OR

Known for its parks, riverfront attractions, and slower pace of life, Salem is the perfect destination if you’re looking for a serene getaway. Hotels in Salem are comfortable and affordable, which entices many groups of friends and families to the area. Explore the Enchanted Forest Theme Park, hike through Minto-Brown Island Park, or spend all morning gathering picnic materials at one of the many fruit markets.

Tacoma, WA

Most people know Tacoma as one of Washington’s smaller and most scenic cities, thanks to its location right on beautiful Puget Sound, but did you know Tacoma is also a great destination for car enthusiasts? The LeMay Museum, known as America’s Car Museum, is a huge space filled with vintage cars and plenty of history that everyone in the family can enjoy. If you want to take an outdoor break, get your fill of scenic vistas at Point Defiance Park. Hotels in Tacoma are sleek, comfortable, and made for budget travelers. Stay in the center of downtown Tacoma at the modern, stunningly designed Hotel Murano, a four star Provenance Hotel property.

Sea-Tac, WA

Book one of the many hotels in Sea-Tac, Washington, and you will find yourself right between the lively center of Seattle and the slower-paced beauty of Tacoma. Thanks to the area’s proximity to Seattle-Tacoma Airport, you will find plenty of affordable hotels here. Explore unique sights in the area like the nearby Olympic National Park, the only rainforest in the mainland United States, and then spend your nights in the quirky urban bars of Seattle.

Bend, OR

If you live to explore the outdoors, Bend might be the best city in the state of Oregon for you. There’s Pilot Butte, the fascinating Lava Lands, the High Desert Museum, and the Newberry National Volcanic Monument for starters. This peaceful Oregon town offers many diverse landscapes and environments to explore. Book one of the many cozy Bend hotels with a view, such as The Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center with views of the Deschutes River.

Spokane, WA

Experience the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest along with a bustling downtown center with a stay in Spokane, Washington. Take a lazy stroll through Riverfront and Manito Parks, bike the Centennial Trail, or spend an afternoon picking fruit at Green Bluff before heading downtown to experience a surprisingly vibrant nightlife scene. You will find plenty of hotels in Spokane under $100, making it a great destination for families and couples who want to experience the most without breaking the bank.

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I'm an actress and travel blogger in Los Angeles. Activites: Writing, taking photos, traveling, exploring, getting in trouble. Addictions: music, coffee, Greece, road trips, the ocean, steaks. I have not yet heard of a single place in this world I didn't want to travel to and explore immediately.

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