Educational Service District 112
Southwest Washington follows Lewis and Clark along the majestic Columbia River Gorge to the Pacific Ocean, expanding north to include Mount St Helens, which erupted in 1980, and millions of forested acres to explore. It’s hard to beat access to the gorge, the forest and Portland.
What Makes This Region Great?
The Columbia River Gorge is among the great scenic byways in America. It was also the first! Whether you want to windsurf, ride single track or just sample great locally sourced cuisine, Southwest Washington has you covered.
The recreational potential of the Columbia River Gorge cannot be understated, home to legendary sailboarding, outrageous single track mountain biking and hundreds of miles of trails.
Washington’s Pacific Coast is an area of great historical and environmental significance. To walk everyday among the Sitka spruce in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark is a stroll worth taking.
Vancouver Washington continues to evolve into a recreation-based city with new trails, coffee shops and galleries. Once a bedroom community for Portland, folks are sticking around these days.
The Waterfront Renaissance Trail
Nothing signals a city’s evolution more than a well-planned waterfront trail. Vancouver’s 5-mile track is one of the best in the region.
Located along the bank of the Columbia River, Fort Vancouver was a busy fur trading post and the headquarters for the Hudson’s Bay Company in the 19th Century. Visitors can get a sense of history by touring the reconstructed fort, which includes a bastion, gardens and working trade houses.
Columbia River Gorge
Whether you’re “gramming” the changing seasons or just grabbing lunch with a view, the Gorge offers an amazing backdrop to call home.
Long Beach Peninsula
Long Beach Peninsula is a destination that time forgot, home to coastal wetlands, miles of sandy beach, impressive dining establishments and, of course, legendary kite flying conditions.
Portland, Oregon really is all that. Site of emerging indie bands, the Saturday Market, more food carts (600+!) than you could visit in a year and a consistent blast every time you step over for a visit.
Mount St Helens
Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980 making it one of the most famous volcanoes in the United States. Visitors can hike to several viewing areas or even take a helicopter tour of the crater.
As a teacher and a mom, my family chose to live in Washington state because of the strong public school system and the support for teachers, faculty and our students.
Vancouver School District