Welcome to the Beautiful Pacific Northwest

Explore our Pacific Northwest photos and travel information for the Olympic Peninsula and surrounding areas.

Discover the Beauty – the Fun – the Travel Options

Let us help you plan and enjoy your travels in the Northwest USA.

The end of the trail at Cape Flattery, the The end of the trail at Cape Flattery, the "beginning of the world."

The Pacific Northwest is a huge region which can include Washington State, Oregon, and even regions of British Columbia, Canada.

For now, this site focuses mainly on the Olympic Peninsula – the ultimate “top left” corner of the USA - and Victoria, Canada.

But no worries. We’ll be spreading out to document the beauty, the fun, and the travel options in more areas of the northwest as this website grows.

Colonnade of Sitka Spruce in the amazing Hoh Rain ForestColonnade of Sitka Spruce in the impressive Hoh Rain Forest


My name is Karen, and I live at the top of the Olympic Peninsula, in Washington State. This has been my chosen home for over a decade, and I’m here to help you discover all the reasons why you’ll love your vacation to the Northwest USA.

I first discovered the Olympic Peninsula in 1992.

You know how some things just stick in your mind and your heart? When life changes needed to happen in 2004, my family came to this magical corner of the USA, with its elk-inhabited rain forests, hiking trails to mountain peaks, and glorious cliffs at the beginning of the world. It's all here on the Olympic Peninsula.

The Pacific NW may get stuck in your heart, too....

Because I’ve traveled and photographed extensively throughout the Olympic Peninsula and surrounding regions, I have uncovered answers to many visitors’ questions about the region, questions like: 

  • The Olympic National Park is so huge! Is there a best way to visit it?
  • How do I get around all the waterways in the Puget Sound area?
  • I like to hike (or backpack, or kayak, or swim, or fish, or bike!). What are the best places to visit or best recreational areas?
  • I’d appreciate recommendations for hotels and/or restaurants for (the cities I’ll be visiting)….
  • Oh for some peace and quiet! I really need to just get away and decompress a little (or a lot) - where do you suggest I go?          

It helps to get your information from a local insider!

So, click on one of the following icons below, or find more links in the navigation bar above.


Beautiful Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide
Now Available in electronic PDF; Paperback and Kindle Edition coming soon!

Covers your travels throughout the entire Olympic Peninsula. Click the link to learn more....

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PNW Photo Galleries

 So many ways to satisfy cravings for adventure, or even just peace and beauty, in the Pacific Northwest....

Pacific Northwest mountain photos
Pacific Northwest beach photos
Pacific Northwest waterfall photos
PNW Rain Forest photos
Pacific Northwest lake photos
PNW Trail Photos

Pacific NW Attractions

View any or all of our online photo galleries featuring photos of each of these Pacific NW attractions:

Butchart Gardens photos
Photos of the Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens
Hurricane Ridge photos
Lake Crescent photos
Marymere Falls photos
Rialto Beach photos
Photos of Butchart Gardens Flowers
Cape Flattery photos
Photos of Goldstream Provincial Park in Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Lake Quinault photos
Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument photos
Photos of Sol Duc Falls
Photos of the Japanese Garden at Butchart Gardens
Clallam Bay and Sekiu photos along Highway 112 in Washington State
Hood Canal photos
Madison Falls photos
Olympic National Park photos
Sol Duc Valley photos

Questions about the Pacific Northwest?

Feel free to give me a shout via the Contact form, or go on over to the Beautiful Pacific Northwest Facebook page and post your excitement or concern(s). You’ll get a response, either from me, or from local business owners or admins with answers.

Meet the Top Left USA team on the About Us page.

Thanks for stopping by; we hope you enjoy your visit!

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