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Have an outdoor adventure and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Northwest.

Winter

Have an outdoor adventure.
The northwest is loaded with great places to get outside and explore. Check out state parks near you in, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming, Keep in mind: In the winter months, it's important to dress properly for cold and snow before you head out!
Chill out at a hockey game.
College hockey is hot in the northwest! Here's a short list of teams in the region - find one near you and catch the action: University of Oregon, University of Washington, and Washington State University.
Explore Downtown Baker City
Baker City is the largest intact 19th-century street-scape in the American West. There are more than 100 buildings on the National Registry of Historic Places. Taking this tour is like visiting a museum of Victorian architecture and you can do it behind two Percheron horses.
Fly downhill.
Skiing and snowboarding aren't the only ways to get down a snowy hill! Even better, you don't have to take lessons or have special gear to go snow tubing. Here are just a few places to give it a try in Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
Indulge in the beauty of Oregon's most scenic area.
Less than 30 minutes' drive from Portland, the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area stands as one of Oregon's most beautiful natural areas. Even in winter, the park maintains its allure. Just remember to prepare for the elements if you decide to venture out!
Visit the city where so many rock legends got their start.
Over the last sixty years, Seattle, Washington has been home to some of the world’s greatest musicians. Jimi Hendrix, Dave Matthews and Nirvana all called this city home. Catch a show at The Crocodile to see some of the city's top upcoming talent.
Celebrate America's most famous explorers in Oregon and Washington.
Visit the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, near Astoria, Oregon, and the gorgeous Columbia River. The park includes a fort and several sites where you can learn about these intrepid explorers, and their 1804-1806 expedition from Louisiana to the Pacific coast.
See a buffalo jump in Montana.
About 1.5 hours north of Helena, explore First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, where you can learn all about these mighty beasts and see a great cliff where Native Americans drove them across the open plains to their deaths. Check out the prairie dogs, too!
Celebrate the season with a special ballet.
The Oregon Ballet Theatre in Portland, Oregon has several upcoming performances for 2017 including Swan Lake and Terra. Check out show schedules and ticket availability before it’s too late.
Shop fresh and local.
Even when it's cold and snowy you can find the best fresh foods around at your local farmers market. Check out winter markets in Bozeman, Montana, Oregon City, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.

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Spring

Take a tour of the Seattle Underground
The Seattle Underground is a network of underground passageways and basements in downtown Seattle, Washington, that was ground level at the city's origin in the mid-19th century. When the city was rebuilt after a devastating fire, the streets were simply elevated. These spaces fell into disuse, but have now become a fun and unusual tourist attraction.
See the sights in small-town Missoula, Montana
Situated at the confluence of three rivers and surrounded by mountains, Missoula is known for its outdoor fun, but the city’s charming downtown is equally vibrant. During the day, take a historic walking tour past 19th-century buildings now reused as shops, restaurants, and cafes. On Thursday nights, join Downtown ToNight, a free event featuring live music and food. On Saturday mornings, downtown is bustling with the Missoula Farmers Market, going strong since 1972.
Explore Portland, Oregon
Oregon’s largest city is known as one of the coolest spots in the country. It has great cafes and restaurants, art galleries, fabulous farmers markets, urban bicycle routes, and more. You even can take a tour of the city’s food carts and sample everything from vegan burgers to Polish dumplings.
Celebrate Native American culture at a powwow
Summer is the season for powwows in Wyoming. The celebrations started when the Plains Indians danced to honor tribal members, mark important events, or to pray for protection. Now Native Americans also hold powwows to keep their cultures and traditions alive. Many are open to the public and feature dancing, music, and traditional food.
Experience the arts in Boise, Idaho
Enjoy the cultural life in Idaho’s capital. During the summer, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival stages plays (not all by Shakespeare) in an outdoor amphitheater and nature reserve. At the Boise Art Museum, the collection includes a variety of media and styles, with a summer installation of a 40-foot ribbon of wood in the sculpture court.
See how nature is reshaping Mount St. Helens
Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the U.S. Since then, nature has been patiently at work restoring the surrounding landscape – with truly miraculous results!
Visit Old Faithful in Wyoming
Take a hike along Yellowstone National Park’s Upper Geyser Basin and discover the largest concentration of hot springs on Earth. The most famous – Old Faithful – erupts on schedule. The popular park also is home to bears, wolves, bison, elk, and antelope.
Experience the beauty of Glacier National Park
One of America’s favorite parks, Glacier spans more than a million acres of Montana wilderness and includes pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, spectacular lakes, and more than 700 miles of hiking trails. Another highlight is a drive on the Going-to-the-Sun Road through the park's wild interior, providing some of the best sights in northwest Montana.
Visit a lava field
Explore the striking, otherworldly landscape at Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve Park in central Idaho. This ocean of lava flows, with scattered islands of cinder-cone volcanoes and sagebrush, was formed during periods of eruption from 2,000 to 15,000 years ago.
Volunteer in your local community
Whether you prefer to walk the dogs at an animal shelter, serve food at a soup kitchen, or plant a tree with a conservation group, there are many ways to volunteer in your local community. You’ll find plenty of other opportunities at networkforgood.org/volunteer/ or volunteermatch.org/. Be sure to tag #cieegivingback when you post your photos!

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