Pacific Fog near Washington Coast

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It depends. I’m not well-versed with Oregon, but places like Washington State and British Columbia actually have a bunch of different regions.

The coastal region (incl places like Vancouver, Seattle & Portland) are where all the lush green rainforest lives, with the temperate climate and the fog and buckets of rain. Just to the east is some really ace farmland, some of the most fertile agricultural land in BC. It’s also where the clouds from the Pacific hit up against the mountains, creating a rainshadow. They get a bit more snow because of that.

Once you get over the Cascade Mountains, you get into desert country. The Okanagan Valley (BC) and Okanogan (WA), as well as what we call “the Interior” in BC are hot and dry in the summer, with colder & snowier winters. But they are beautiful, in a totally different way from the coast – lots of orchards and vineyards, rolling hills shaped by glaciers with lots of cool geological features, and like California-hot summers!

To the east of that is the Rockies and all the awesome towns that live in the foothills of the Rockies. In BC, it’s more traditional forest, with lots of rivers and grasslands. Southeastern Washington/Northeastern Oregon has some rad grassland/savanna type terrain (Columbia Plateau). Because of the rain shadow, it’s also drier and less temperate than the coast.

I’m sure I’m missing a bunch of stuff, but it’s a pretty broad overview. The PNW also includes bits of Montana and Idaho sometimes too, and northern California. Anything that falls under the [“Cascadia”](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Northwest#/media/File:PacNWComparison.PNG) jurisdiction, really.

ALSO lots of cool volcanos and volcanic features, like in Bend, OR, at Crater Lake, and Mt St Helens. So it’s pretty neat.

Sorry for the novel, I really liked Earth Science in school 🙂

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