Books About Exploring the Pacific Northwest

book reading list for exploring the pacific northwest

Whether you are interested in exploring the Pacific Northwest through studying its history, going on a road trip, or getting out and going on a hike, we’ve found some great books to help you plan your next adventure in the Pacific Northwest. There is so much to see, and such fascinating history! All these books are available (just click the photo to get more information or purchase on

Portland in Three Centuries

A comprehensive history of Portland – from the first settlers to the 21st century and what shaped Portland and its unique personality through political and social history.

50 Hikes with Kids in Oregon & Washington

Traveling with your children brings its own set of challenges, from planning to packing. It is so important to get children out in nature and there is so much to explore around the Pacific Northwest! This book has ideas on the best hikes to do with kids in tow.

Pacific Northwest

A travel guide listing the best itineraries, adventures, road trips, top sites, and more.

Building the Columbia River Highway: They Said it Couldn’t Be Done

The historic Columbia River Highway heads east from Portland to the Dalles on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. What they created is a gem of the United States and a tribute to the inspired and amazing builders who created this treasure of a highway for us all to enjoy.

Lifting Oregon Out of the Mud: Building the Oregon Coast Highway

The mountainous and varied terrain of the Oregon coastline makes it very clear that those who took up the challenge to build a highway along the Pacific Ocean were incredibly brave and brilliant.

PDX Hiking 365

Hikes near Portland that can be enjoyed year-round.

Classic Houses of Portland, Oregon

Portland is home to a wide array of architectural styles and fabulous homes. Walk through the neighborhoods of Portland and discover the history, the stories, and the beautiful variety of architecture that has survived over a century.

The Columbia River: The End of the Lewis & Clark Trail

The Columbia River was the end of the Lewis & Clark trail, ending in what is now the beautiful city of Astoria. This book tells stories about the people who were here before and after Lewis & Clark arrived. Astoria has been home to Native American tribes, shipwrecks, Scandinavian immigrants, and trade.

60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Portland

Within about a hour’s drive of Portland, you can have a variety of hikes both challenging and easy in the varied and stunning landscape of northwest Oregon.

60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Seattle

Located on the Puget Sound, 60 miles from Seattle in any direction can take you to amazing hikes in incredible places.

The Oregon Trail: Yesterday and Today

The history of the Oregon Trail and westward expansion is fascinating but even more so when put into context of the modern world. This book tells the story of the Oregon Trail alongside current photos of the historical sites.

The Creaky Knees Guide to the 80 Best Easy Hikes in Oregon

Not all hikes are created equally, and not all hikers are able to do the same hikes they used to. As we get a bit older, we still want to be out in nature, just a little easier on the old knees…

Day Hiking in the Columbia River Gorge

Where to go and what you’ll see when doing a day hike in the Columbia Gorge. There are many different hiking trails, all leading to quite different views, and of varying degrees of difficulty, but all reached round trip in one day or less.

Rockhounding Washington

The best sites to find natural hidden treasures in the spectacular landscape of Washington.

Backroads & Byways of Washington

Exploring Washington state off the main highways. You can miss an awful lot by sticking to the freeways. Washington has so much to offer once you take the road less travelled.

Bend Oregon: Daycations

Central Oregon has much to offer for day trips – and you can travel like a local if you follow a guide showing you the special spots within an hour or two from Bend.