My Outdoor Pacific Northwest Bucket List

This winter instead of making a yearly state to-do list, I decided to just make a bigger state bucket list.  Then I decided to turn this into a little series.  I wanted to do specific states that I spend a lot of time in, want to spend a lot of time in, or am close to a lot. 

I also wanted to do more general regional bucket lists for all the other things I want to do, which is a lot.  They are all pretty outdoor focused with a few non-outdoorsy things, too.

Next up in this little series is my first regional bucket list!  This is the ultimate Pacific Northwest bucket list for outdoor lovers.  For this list, I’ll be classifying the Pacific Northwest as Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming and it will be broken down by state.

As I do things and write posts for them, I’ll update this to link back to those.  If I do something and don’t have a post, I’ll just cross it out.  I would like to do one a month with 12 total.  These bucket lists are partially to help me keep track of things, but also to inspire you to get out there, too. 

Bucket list posts


Oregon bucket list

  • Astoria
  • Painted Hills
  • Explore Bend
  • Smith Rock State Park
  • Oregon Badlands
  • Opal Creek Ancient Forest
  • Boca Cave
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
  • Lava Canyon Loop hike
  • The Blue Pool
  • Cougar Hot Springs
  • Eugene
  • Columbia River Gorge
  • Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
  • Wallowa Lake/The Wallowas
  • Multnomah Falls
  • Oregon Caves National Monument
  • Oregon coast road trip
  • Silver Falls State Park
  • Munra Point
  • Thors Well
  • Oneonta Gorge
  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Cannon Beach
  • Ecola State Park
  • Devils Punchbowl State Park
  • Portland
  • Hike part of the PCT
  • Oregon Vortex
  • Latourell Falls
  • Rowena Crest hike
  • Angels Rest hike
  • Wahcella Falls
  • Bandon
  • Drift Creek Falls
  • Thorp Creek Hike

Washington bucket list

  • Cape Flattery
  • Dog Mountain hike in spring
  • Deception Pass
  • Pikes Place
  • Snoqualmie Falls
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Olympic National Park
  • Hoh Rainforest
  • San Juan Islands
  • Palouse Falls
  • Wallace Falls Trail
  • Anderson and Watson Lakes Trail
  • Chain Lakes Loop Trail
  • Tomie Peak Trail
  • Cascade Pass Trail
  • Shi Shi Beach Trail
  • Snow Lake Trail
  • Winchester Mountain
  • Diablo Lake
  • Grove of the Patriarchs
  • Skyline Loop Trail
  • Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve
  • Ruby Beach
  • Hurricane Hill Trail
  • Mount Ellinor
  • Go whale watching
  • Enchanted Valley
  • Bowl and Pitcher in Riverside State Park
  • Kilckitat Rail trail
  • Sol Duc Falls
  • Mailbox Peak
  • Lake of the Angels
  • Mount Storm King
  • Cape Disappointment
  • La Push Second Beach
  • Lake Sammamish State Park
  • Lake Wenatchee
  • Scenic Hot Springs
  • Colchuck Lake
  • Heather Lake
  • Rattlesnake Ledge
  • Nisqually Vista Loop


Idaho bucket list

  • Black Magic Canyon
  • Craters of the Moon National Monument
  • Soaktennial Hot Springs trail
  • Boise Balloon Classis
  • Pick huckleberries
  • Lava Hot Springs
  • Stay in the potato Aribnb
  • Pine Flats Hot Springs
  • Fall Creek Falls
  • Sun Valley
  • Hike in the Sawtooth Mountains
  • Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • St. Anthony’s Sand Dunes
  • Redfish Lake
  • Shoshone Falls
  • Dog Bark Park Inn
  • Stay at the Idaho Castle
  • Stay at the Owl Barn
  • Upper Priest Lake Trail to Continental Creek Trail
  • Toxaway to Alice Lake Loop
  • Sawtooth Lake
  • City of Rocks National Reserve Trails
  • Lower Gospel Lake
  • Darby Wind Canyon
  • Upper Palisades Lake
  • Coeur d’Alene
  • North Fork Big Creek
  • Goldbug Hot Springs
  • Goat Lake
  • Johnstone Pass
  • Marshall Ridge
  • Roman Nose High Mountain Lake
  • Pioneer Cabin Loop
  • Fishhook Creek
  • Draper Preserve
  • Thousand Springs State Park
  • Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument


Montana bucket list

  • Ousel Falls
  • Beehive Basin
  • Glacier National Park
  • Big Sky
  • Bozeman
  • Avalanche Lake Trail
  • See bears
  • Hyalite Creek Trail
  • The Jewel Basin
  • East Rosebud Trail
  • Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail
  • Absarokee Loop Scenic Drive
  • Going-to-the-Sun Road
  • Polebridge
  • Big Sky Backcountry Byway
  • Painted Rocks State Park
  • Wayfarers State Park
  • Smith River State Park
  • Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge
  • Black Sandy State Park
  • Chico Hot Springs
  • Paradise Valley
  • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Wyoming bucket list

  • Go dog sledding
  • Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
  • Summer wildlife safari
  • Winter wildlife safari
  • See Grand Prismatic Spring from above
  • Paragliding
  • See moose in summer
  • See wolves in summer
  • See Hidden Falls
  • Go further back on the road by Gros Ventre Slide in summer
  • Heart Lake Trail
  • Cascade Canyon
  • Kayak on Jackson Lake
  • See Cunningham Cabin
  • See Two Oceans Lake
  • Death Canyon
  • Snowshoe in the Tetons
  • Medicine Bow Peak
  • Jenny Lake Trail
  • Mystic Falls
  • Lake Solitude and Misty Moon
  • Dubois Petroglyphs
  • Taggart Lake Trail
  • Stay at Old Faithful Inn
  • Yellowstone in the winter
  • Table Mountain Trail
  • Dunanda Falls
  • Leigh Lake
  • Phelps Lake Loop
  • Hanging Canyon
  • Mica Lake
  • Alaska Basin Paintbrush to Cascade

Have you done any of these things?  Which ones?  What is your favorite hike in the PNW?  Anything I should consider adding to my Pacific Northwest bucket list?

5 thoughts on “My Outdoor Pacific Northwest Bucket List

  1. These are great!! If you haven’t been yet I recommend you see Shi Shi sooner rather than later. My family and I started going there when I was in high school, the first time I ever hiked the trail and slept on the beach was in 1999. Back then there was a hidden off site trail before they created the main parking lot. Over time the increased popularity has brought in crowds and trail updates. It is easier to hike but there is less wildlife, firewood, etc. Now if you want to camp a few days its best to go as early as possible in the season.
    Hike all the way down to the end of the beach to the Point of Arches. There are beautiful caves and tide-pools to see when the tide is out 🙂

    1. Thank you do much! I want to see the PNW so bad, so I’ll move that up my list! I’ll definitely be back to this 🙂

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