Thanks to the Pacific Northwest’s relatively mild climate and proximity to rivers, oceans, forests and mountains, almost every day here could be considered a “get outdoors” day.
But just in case you need a more formal reason to step into the Great Outdoors, June 14 is this year’s National Get Outdoors Day. Now in its seventh year, the day is promoted by federal agencies, nonprofits and the recreation industry as a way to encourage healthy, active outdoor activities.
There’s no shortage of those around here. In honor of the June 14 celebration, here are 14 great reasons to get outside in the Northwest.
1. Free state parks
Both Oregon and Washington are chock full of fantastic state parks showcasing everything from gorgeous beaches to old growth forests. Even better: on June 14, state parks in Washington are free to visit.
2. Mountain air
A little fresh mountain air can do a lot of good. Head to Mount Hood or Mount Rainier to inhale some of the best around.
3. Big trees
4. Endless water
6. Bike trails
There’s not much that’s better than a scenic bike ride this time of year, when the sun’s out more, the days are longer and the heat of the summer has yet to reach its peak.
7. Cool campsites
Whether it’s overlooking Puget Sound or sunning in the eastern Oregon desert, the Northwest offers some perfect places to set up camp.
8. Parks aplenty
9. Farmers markets
10. Garden goodness
Working in your garden not only gets you active and outside, it also beautifies your home and sets the stage for fresh salads and meals to come.
11. City walks
Cities in the Northwest seem to come alive with the return of nicer weather. Take an evening stroll to see what’s happening in your neck of the woods.
The Northwest’s best display of wildflower colors is in full swing. Take it in on one of these great wildflower hikes.
13. Games galore
Summertime is the perfect time for all kinds of outdoor games: soccer, baseball, kickball and more. Join a pickup game or sign up with an adult sports league.
14. Races and races
From triathalons and 5Ks to century rides and open water swims, the next few months are filled with any kind of race you could possibly imagine.