Place Bucket List (Pacific Edition)

This post is the seventh in my Place Bucket List series inspired by Adventures in Preservation, which asked readers what buildings were on our bucket lists.

*Note: The regions I have given these states in this and upcoming posts are how I have come to rationalize them for this purpose (and to prevent any one post from being too long), not necessarily how these regions are defined by any government entity.

Washington:

  • Spokane
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • Seattle

Oregon:

  • Crater Lake National Park
  • A prune ranch
  • National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
  • Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
  • Portland

California:

  • Hollywood
  • Cannery Row
  • Alcatraz
  • San Diego
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Sacramento

Hawaii:

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Pearl Harbor
  • National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl
  • Kaunolu Village
  • Hawaii overall (after all, it is Hawaii)

Alaska:

  • Mt. McKinley
  • Crow Creek Mine
  • Sitka National Historical Park

Think I missed something?  Let me know.  I feel like Washington and Alaska are lacking, but I don’t know enough about them to add more.

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3 Responses to Place Bucket List (Pacific Edition)

  1. Are you just looking for buildings? WA has a lot of cool sites, but the very oldest buildings are from the 1850s. That said, here’s what I would say is of particular interest. Mount Saint Helens, the mountain that had the volcanic explosion in May 1980. Also Mt. Rainier, which is a National Park. The town of Newhalem, which is a company town in the Cascade Mountains is neat. Port Townsend is a neat town with lots of historic buildings. Deception Pass is beautiful and has an amazing historic bridge. Walla Walla has the Marcus Whitman Hotel and the Whitman Mission National Historic Site (it was the site of a mission set up in the 1830s to convert the Indians). Spokane has a fantastic historic hotel called the Davenport Hotel. Leavenworth is a tourist town with a German theme (lots of liederhosen and an Oktoberfest celebration). Seattle has a fun underground tour and the famous Pike Place Market and the fish throwers. Roslyn, WA is a little town in the mountains where the show Northern Exposure was filmed (there is a mural on one of the historic buildings that is seen in the opening credits.) Anything sound interesting? And then, you can always top off the day with a glass of excellent wine.

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