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Seattle

An hour north of JBLM lies Washington’s largest city, Seattle. Straddling a narrow strip between freshwater Lake Washington and saltwater Puget Sound, the city is home to more than 602,000 people. It is named after Indian Chief Sealth.

Since its early days, people have been drawn to Seattle by its rugged scenery and mild climate. Although Puget Sound was heavily explored in the 18th and 19th centuries, the first families didn’t permanently move into Seattle until 1851, when they settled at Alki Point.

The timber industry and maritime trade with Asia contributed to the city’s phenomenal growth. The area is still a strong link in the trade chain with the Far East and the Pacific Rim.

The waterfront is not only a busy container port but a popular place for visitors. Numerous shops, restaurants and an aquarium line the piers, once used as warehouses and working docks. Washington State Ferries, one of the country’s largest ferry systems, leave from Pier 52 to various points around Puget Sound. Private companies also run ferries and cruise ships from Seattle to Victoria, British Columbia.

Seattle harbor tours also depart daily for water tours of the Port of Seattle and longer excursions to Blake Island, the birthplace of Chief Sealth. Tours include a salmon dinner cooked on an open fire and a performance of Native dances from various Indian cultures of the Northwest. Another popular attraction is Pike Place Market, an open-air market where you’ll find fresh seafood and produce, arts and craft items, and clothes. The market first opened in 1907.

Pioneer Square is a 30-block area of shops, nightclubs, restaurants and galleries housed in historic buildings. Most of the buildings were built on the ashes of the original settlement destroyed in the Great Fire of 1889.

The 74-acre Seattle Center was the site of the 1962 World’s Fair. Many of the fair buildings now serve cultural purposes such as the Pacific Science Center, the Art Museum Pavilion, the Children’s Museum and the Center House. The crowning jewel is the 605-foot Space Needle. An observation deck at the 520-foot level offers a panoramic view of the city, the mountains and the sound. A monorail links the center with downtown’s Westlake Center Shopping Mall.

For more information about Seattle visit www.seattle.gov/visiting.

Tacoma

Tacoma is the largest city close to JBLM. The city was shaped by a series of booms and busts that began with its first business in the mid-1800s. Businessman Morton McCarver promoted settlement in the budding town and he named it Tacoma, a derivation of the Indian name for Mount Rainier.

The railroad and a growing port brought new businesses to the area. Today, Tacoma’s port is one of the largest container ports in the world and a major employer in the area.

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. The center clear span measures 188 feet high and 2,800 feet long. The current bridge opened in 1950, replacing the first Narrows bridge, which was nicknamed “Galloping Gertie” because of the way it swayed in the wind. It collapsed in 1940, after only four months and seven days.

In 1998, voters in several Washington counties approved a measure to create a second Narrows span. Construction of the new span, which carries eastbound traffic parallel to the current bridge, was completed in July 2007.

With a population of approximately 200,000, Tacoma offers abundant cultural activities. The Pantages Centre of Performing Arts, the Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Dome attract nationally and internationally famous acts. The Tacoma Art Museum features a permanent collection of American and French paintings. University of Washington Tacoma is one of three campuses that make up UW; the other two are in Seattle and Bothell.

Sports also play an important role in Northwest life. Sailing, skiing, hiking and biking can all be done within an hour’s drive of your doorstep. Cheney Stadium is the home of the Tacoma Rainiers, the AAA farm club of the Seattle Mariners.

The Pierce County and Metropolitan Park Districts offer numerous recreational activities and programs. Point Defiance Park is the largest in the city. A Pacific Rim-themed zoo and aquarium are in the midst of the 650- acre park. Visitors can watch Beluga whales splashing in their pool or ride on the back of an Asian elephant.

The park also features a beach, scenic drive, hiking trails, gardens, a logging camp with its own steam locomotive ride, and a replica of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Nisqually.

Another popular park is Northwest Trek, a 600-acre wild animal sanctuary in Eatonville. Visitors can view freeroaming animals from the comfort of a covered tram.

Tacoma also has numerous shopping centers, the largest being the Tacoma Mall, which is also one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest and features Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Sears, JC Penney and many other shops and restaurants. Visit www.cityoftacoma.org for more information.

Lakewood

Many JBLM families call Lakewood home because of its proximity to the base and its excellent recreational, shopping and dining experiences. Originally settled in 1849 by the United States Army, Lakewood incorporated in 1996, and has a projected population of 60,000.

Fort Steilacoom Park is one of the largest and most dynamic regional urban parks in the state. This historical gem offers 340 acres of parkland including a lake, prairie lands, historical barns, sports fields, a 15,000-squarefoot playground and a 22-acre offleash dog park. The massive network of trails in the park is a favorite for cross-country runners, walkers and nature lovers.

The Sounder commuter train service now connects Lakewood with Seattle and Tacoma at the Lakewood Station on Pacific Highway (across from Lakewood Ford). The Sounder offers comfortable, reliable service with plush seating, outlets for computers, select free Wi-Fi cars, accessibility, bicycle storage, restrooms and fantastic views.

The Lakewood Towne Center is a vibrant shopping district with more than 88 businesses, including a new Farmer’s Market during the summer months (see www.cityoflakewood.us for more details). Stores include Target, Marshall’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, Old Navy, Burlington Coat Factory, Ross, a multiplex cinema, and multiple eating establishments. The northeastern corridor of Lakewood, along South Tacoma Way, leads to the International District, which hosts a highly regarded and authentic Asian multicultural shopping area including restaurants and shops that draw regular visitors from outside the state.

Lakewood is just minutes away from Puget Sound and a short drive to Seattle, Sea-Tac International Airport, Mount Rainier National Park and Chambers Bay Golf Course, site of the 2015 U.S. Open. Lakewood is home to many popular tourist attractions, including the Grand Prix Raceway, Lakewold Gardens, Thornewood Castle, American Lake, several golf courses, and Lakewood Game Refuge. In 2012, the America’s Promise Alliance named Lakewood as one of the nation’s One Hundred Best Communities for Young People for the sixth year in a row.

For more information about Lakewood, please visit www.cityoflakewood.us or track us onFacebook.

Olympia

Washington’s capital, Olympia, is an important commercial port in its own right, 12 miles southwest of JBLM. With an economic engine fueled to a great extent by state government, Olympia enjoys the benefits of a stable work force, an engaged and educated community, and a well-supported school system. Historic downtown Olympia offers eclectic shopping and dining experiences, while Olympia’s Westside is a regional shopping destination with numerous national brand stores and the auto mall.

Together with the neighboring communities of Lacey and Tumwater, the metro area has a population of more than 88,000.

Mild winters and pleasantly warm summers make the Olympia area an ideal place for outdoor recreation. In Olympia, you can “get out of town” without ever leaving the city. Olympia has 40 public parks for your recreation enjoyment. Public trails through woods thick with big-leaf maples and towering Douglas firs lead to saltwater beaches where native tribes once met for potlatches. Salmon return to Budd Inlet each fall and run the ladder under the 5th Avenue Bridge.

Olympia’s strategic geographic location along Interstate 5 at the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula puts it within two hours or less of regional recreational attractions — from hiking and skiing in the mountains to beachcombing along ocean shores.

Lacey

Situated on the southern tip of Puget Sound in the shadow of Mount Rainier, the city of Lacey lies in the center of a natural paradise. Established as a suburb of Olympia, Lacey’s estimated population as of 2011 was 42,393, compared with 43,900 for Olympia. Thurston County, which includes the cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater, had a population of 245,373 as of the 2011 census. Five freshwater lakes within the city of Lacey, miles of hiking and biking paths, several championship golf courses, nearly 700 acres of public parkland and the adjoining 3,700-acre Nisqually Wildlife Refuge provide residents with virtually unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation. Clean air and water, outstanding schools, a low crime rate, a healthy economy and proximity to major metropolitan areas make Lacey one of the most desirable places in the country in which to live and conduct business.

Visit www.ci.lacey.wa.us for more information.

Steilacoom

Just outside JBLM is the town of Steilacoom. Founded in 1854, it was the site of the state’s first library, courthouse and territorial jail.

The town was also a leading contender for the territorial capital.

Many of the town’s buildings are more than a century old, including the first Protestant church in the state. Immaculate Conception, a Roman Catholic Church, was built in 1856. It is one of the oldest churches still in continuous use in the state. Another historical building is the Bair Drug and Hardware Store. Along with the Nathanial Orr Home, the Bair is on the National Register of Historical Places.

Besides the numerous historical buildings, Steilacoom has two public beaches and a public boat launch. A ferry leaves the town dock for Anderson Island and Ketron Island. Annual events include the Apple Squeeze in October and a Salmon Bake on the beach in the summer.

Visit www.townofsteilacoom.com for more information.

DuPont

DuPont has a long history of welcoming visitors. Just outside the JBLMDuPont gate, the surrounding area was once an expanse of grassland, verdant forest and salmon-filled rivers stretching to Puget Sound. More than 5,000 years ago, this pristine Northwest paradise welcomed some of the first human inhabitants to set foot on our shores. Much later, the land and its people welcomed the first Europeans to explore the Puget Sound.

DuPont is home to the original 1833 and 1843 Hudson’s Bay Company trading posts, called Fort Nisqually. The 1843 buildings were moved in 1934 to Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. Some of the trees planted at the fort still bear fruit. In 1869, the U.S. government bought the Hudson’s Bay Company property and the company relocated north, to British Columbia. In 1994, the site was donated to the Archaeological Conservancy, a national preservation organization.

In 1906, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. acquired the property. DuPont started as a company town with more than 100 houses, a butcher shop and a hotel, built by explosives manufacturer E.I du Pont de Nemours Co. in 1906. The residents were allowed to purchase their homes in 1951, at which time the city was incorporated. The Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the only former company town in the state in which most of the homes maintain historic integrity.

In 1976, the explosives plant was closed and DuPont sold its 3,200 acres to the Weyerhaeuser Co. Weyerhaeuser ended up focusing on developing the land by creating a new type of livable community often referred to as “New Urbanism.” The objective is to sell the property and leave after completion of its planned community, Northwest Landing.

DuPont’s modern history has seen major growth through development of this master-planned community. Northwest Landing includes a traditional downtown complete with restaurants, cafes, shopping and professional services. Housing developments are organized into small communities, dozens of neighborhood parks and open green spaces.

All are linked by miles of attractive walking, jogging and biking paths that wind their way through neighborhoods, recreational facilities and out to Puget Sound.

DuPont is home to The Home Course’s soon-to-be-built headquarters for the Pacific Northwest Golf Association and the Washington State Golf Association. The city borders Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Eagles Pride Golf Course, the Lewis Army Museum and the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. Several corporations including Intel, State Farm, CalPortland, and the Better Business Bureau plus the South Puget Sound Regional Girl Scouts have operations in DuPont.

The land in and around DuPont remains one of its top attractions. Located just off I-5, the town commands stunning views of the Sound to the west and majestic Mount Rainier to the east. It is a town that honors its history even as it strives for a prosperous future. Come play and explore in DuPont. The people and the land welcome you! Visit www.ci.dupont.wa.us for more information.

Yelm

The City of Yelm, population 7,100, represents a very special place in Washington State with a fascinating mix of small-town pride and history. The Yelm area stands out among the mostlivable cities in Thurston County — highly attractive and affordable.

The quality of life remains as energizing and vital today as it was 150 years ago when settlers first arrived in the Nisqually Valley. According to Nisqually legend, the area was first known as “Shelm,” the name given to the shimmering heat waves above the prairie. The name was later shortened to “Yelm” when settled by Euro- Americans. To honor this history, the area is now referred to as the “Pride of the Prairie.” For the history buff, one can learn about the colorful characters that shaped the city and surrounding prairie at the Yelm Historical Museum.

Yelm offers safe neighborhoods, affordable housing, great schools, fabulous parks, family-oriented community celebrations and a vast array of business, employment and volunteer opportunities. Because of its availability of retail goods and services, proximity to military installations and all major metropolitan areas of western Washington, Yelm has become the center of commerce for south Thurston and southeast Pierce counties, with a daily market area of more than 30,000 people.

City services include a new library, miles of new and upgraded streets and sidewalks, and public water, sewer and reclaimed water facilities. Yelm’s Public Safety Building and Emergency Operations Center enhances the public safety programs and court services, and provides for state-of-the-art police services and emergency/disaster operations.

Adjacent to the Yelm-Tenino trail system, Yelm City Park is the setting for a host of community celebrations including Prairie Days, Christmas in the Park and one of the largest Arbor Day celebrations in the state, honoring Yelm’s 16-year status as a Tree City USA.

The Longmire Park athletic complex, built for youth baseball, soccer and football players and families is a shining addition to the community. From the park and nearly every place in the city, residents and visitors alike enjoy spectacular, award-winning views of Mount Rainier.

We invite you to discover Yelm, where we meet challenges with creative solutions to strengthen the fabric of our community and sustain our quality of life, making the area a great place to live, work and play. Visit www.ci.yelm.wa.us for more information.

Puyallup

In the heart of a fertile valley east of Tacoma is the town of Puyallup — home of the ninth largest school district in Washington, a state-of-the art medical center and the shopping hub of eastern Pierce County.

The valley is also known for its raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and blackberry crops and the most popular farmer’s market in the area.

Spots of interest include the Van Lierop Bulb Farm; the Meeker Mansion, a 17-room Victorian mansion that was the home of Ezra Meeker, hop grower and the first mayor of Puyallup; and a popular summer concert series held in Pioneer Park.

The newly remodeled South Hill Mall features Macy’s, Sears, JC Penney, Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sephora, as well as a six-screen Regal Cinema.

Puyallup joins with other valley towns to host the annual Puyallup Valley Daffodil Festival in early April. The town also plays host to the Puyallup Fair every September at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center. The Puyallup Fair is a tradition in the Pacific Northwest, and consistently ranks as one of the Top 10 highestattended fairs in the world. Seventeen days of festivities begin the Friday after Labor Day with a cattle run and rodeo parade. Don’t miss star-studded entertainment, 4-H and FFA students competing in their state finals, animals, flowers, an international photo exhibition, home arts, hobby hall, grange displays, more than 950 vendors, rides, food and family fun. Call (253) 841-5045 or visit www.thefair.com for more information.

Other hometown activities include the annual Lighted Santa Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony held the first Saturday in December; Meeker Days, the area’s largest summer street fair; and the annual Art & Wine Walk every fall. For more information on these activities, go to http://www.puyallupmainstreet.com/.

Gig Harbor

Five miles northwest of Tacoma, across the Narrows Bridge, lies the quaint waterside town of Gig Harbor. Settled by Slavic immigrants, the town features dozens of shops, restaurants and galleries along Harborview Drive as well as an outstanding heritage museum. A history walk and parks dot the community where family-friendly events take place throughout the year. Visit the useful local website at www.gigharborguide.com.

Gig Harbor offers moorage for commercial fishing boats and private craft. The town is also the gateway to the Kitsap and Key peninsulas via Highway 16. Just a short drive north of Gig Harbor is Bremerton and its Naval Shipyard, home port of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. A Trident Submarine base is located nearby in Silverdale.

University Place

Between the shores of Puget Sound and the shadow of Mount Rainer is the beautiful City of University Place. With sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains over the expansive Puget Sound to the west and stunning visions of Mount Rainier and the Cascades to the east, University Place lies amid the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest.

One of Pierce County’s ultimate destinations for recreation and relaxation, this close-knit bedroom community is home to more than 17 local parks, wetlands and preserves, miles of walking and biking paths, and a world-class golf course, the critically acclaimed Chambers Bay, which hosted the world’s finest golfers and golf fans for the U.S. Amateur in 2010 and will host the U.S. Open in 2015. The city also boasts 2.5 miles of pristine beach that, after being inaccessible for a century, was opened to the general public in the fall of 2010.

In the late 1800s, University Place was proposed as the new location for a local university. Financial concerns eventually cancelled these plans. Nevertheless, the community became known as the “University Place,” and the name stuck. While a college never materialized, the city is well-known for the quality education provided by its local school district, which includes top-rated Curtis High School, and many families make their homes here to take advantage of the best schools the area has to offer.

Visit www.cityofup.com for more information.

Regional Areas

The Cascade Mountains run from the Canadian border south through Oregon, dividing Washington into distinct climates. Eastern Washington is often dry when Western Washington is wet. Thousands of acres of forest provide homes for bear, deer, mountain goats, eagles and many other species. The mountains also offer endless recreational opportunities. Skiing (downhill and cross-country), hiking, camping, mountain biking and fishing are just some of the ways to get out and explore the great outdoors.

Two national parks, North Cascades and Mount Rainier, and a national volcanic monument, Mount St. Helens, are located in the Cascades.

Towering over all other Cascade peaks is Mount Rainier. Climbing 14,414 feet toward the sky, the mountain is covered year-round by 35 square miles of ice in 27 named glaciers. It’s the largest single mountain glacier system in the Lower 48 states.

Forests cover the mountainside up to 5,000 feet, and alpine meadows contrast with ice and snow at higher elevations. Flowers in the high-country meadows usually bloom from late June to early August. Fall foliage colors are generally best in late September.

Mount Rainier National Park is open daily. However, only the Nisqually entrance is open year-round. Visitor services are available at Longmire, Paradise and Sunrise.

In summer, the park is ideal for hiking, camping and climbing. Each year, more than 2,500 climbers attempt the two-day summit.

In winter, the deep snow pack makes it ideal for cross-country skiing and tubing. A snow play area is located at Paradise. The Sunshine Point Campground is open for snow camping.

Olympic Peninsula

The Olympic Peninsula, in Washington’s extreme northwest corner, is a land of wind-swept beaches, rugged mountain terrain, lush rainforests and glacier-covered peaks. Deer, elk and bear are plentiful.

Camping and hiking trails thread through Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park. Most areas are accessible from U.S. Hwy. 101, which forms an inverted “U” shape around the park and forest.

Olympic National Park is a scenic wilderness of 917,133 acres. More than 600 miles of trails cut through the park’s varied terrain, including 57 miles of unspoiled ocean coastline. Mount Olympus is the highest point on the peninsula at 7,965 feet. On the upper slopes, glaciers are found, unusual for forming at lower elevations. Stands of Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, hemlock and cedar cover the lower mountain slopes.

The western rainforests average 140 inches of rainfall per year. The most spectacular of the ancient forests are found in the Hoh, Quinault, Bogachiel and Queets River valleys.

Besides rugged scenery, the peninsula has quaint seaside towns like Aberdeen-Hoquiam, Port Angeles, Westport and Port Townsend.

Long Beach Peninsula

A popular vacation spot, Long Beach Peninsula is famous for its oyster and cranberry harvesting. The area claims to have the world’s longest beach – 28 miles of hard sand – prime for surf fishing, beachcombing, deepsea fishing and boating.

Points of interest on the peninsula include: Cape Disappointment, known as the “Graveyard of the Pacific” because of the great number of ships that have wrecked there; North Head Lighthouse near Ilwaco; and Oysterville, a boomtown created by the discovery of rich oyster beds in 1854. These oysters were considered a delicacy, and sold in San Francisco during the 1850s for $50 worth of gold per plate.

Nearby is the Columbia River, a popular spot for board-sailing up and down the river on the Washington and Oregon sides. However, the most sailboard action can be found near Hood River, Ore., in The Gorge.

Central Washington

Most JBLM Airmen and Soldiers see Central Washington as part of their training at the Yakima Training Center. Unlike Western Washington, much of the middle section of the state is semi-arid.

The Yakima Valley, east of Mount Adams, is one of the major agricultural areas in the state, especially the vineyards. The area’s optimum weather conditions produce the finest grapes, making Washington state one of the top wine-producers in the country. Thanks to irrigation, much of the state’s midsection is rich in crops. Rolling wheat fields, reminiscent of the Midwest, and fruit orchards dot the countryside.

Central Washington abounds in recreational opportunities too. It’s one of the best areas in the state for hiking, fishing and hunting. Downhill skiing is available in the nearby mountains at White Pass Ski Area. Whitewater rafting is popular on the Wenatchee River between Leavenworth and Cashmere during summer months.

Ellensburg in the Kittitas Valley was once a neutral area in which the Wenatchee, Nez Perce and Yakima Indians hunted and fished together. Today, it’s a bustling college town. The Ellensburg Rodeo is held every Labor Day weekend.

Leavenworth, once a quiet railroad town, has been transformed into a Bavarian village. Visitors are attracted by its quaint shops and European-style restaurants. The Autumn Leaf Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting are popular annual events.

Northwest & Southeast Areas

Washington’s northwest area offers some of the most scenic, relaxing and exciting recreational experiences in the state. Whether hiking in the North Cascade Range, skiing the slopes of Mount Baker, or rafting down the rivers on a relaxing eagle-sighting expedition or exciting whitewater adventure, you’re sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Few places have as much tranquil charm as the San Juan Islands. Scattered between U.S. and Canadian waters, the 176 islands offer idyllic getaways where coastal forest and calm saltwater come together in bays, inlets, coves and marine retreats.

Washington State Ferries cruise through the islands, making several round trips a day from Anacortes, including a daily trip to Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Equipped with restaurants and comfortable lounges, the ferries are a convenient and inexpensive way to see the islands with or without a car. They stop at four islands where you can spend a few hours exploring, then take the next ferry to another island. Whalewatching and bicycle tours are popular island activities.

The southeastern corner of Washington offers striking contrasts in scenery and climate. The land has been shaped by wind and water, creating sculptured hills, gorges and sage desert.

Eastern Washington

Eastern Washington has played an important role in U.S. history. Walla Walla was an important stop on the Oregon Trail. Along with Los Alamos, N.M., Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Argonne Laboratory in Chicago, the Hanford site in Richland helped develop the first atomic bomb. Hightech industries still play an important role in the town’s economy.

The northeast corner is dotted by numerous lakes — the largest, Lake Roosevelt. Stretching 130 miles from the Grand Coulee Dam to near the Canadian border, the lake affords water skiing, boating, swimming and fishing.

Spokane has grown from a small trading post to the state’s second-largest city and site of Expo ‘74. Now the former fairgrounds have been transformed into a 50-acre city park with many of the original attractions from the world exposition still in use.

Coeur d’Alene Lake, located across the state line in Idaho, is just a short trip from Spokane. This natural body of water offers recreational activities that include boating, swimming and water skiing. A major resort hotel on the lakeshore attracts visitors yearround for conferences and pleasure.

British Columbia

British Columbia is just a threehour drive north on Interstate 5. This westernmost Canadian Province offers spectacular scenery and big-city fun. The rugged mountain peaks create a dramatic backdrop as they rise near the sea. British Columbia offers a chance to get away from civilization and journey into untamed wilderness. Whitewater rivers run fast and wild through the countryside. Hiking, camping and skiing are some of the many other things to do in the backcountry.

World-class skiing can be found at the resorts of Whistler and Blackcomb year-round. Blackcomb Mountain, with its mix of heart-stopping and easy cruising slopes, has the highest vertical drop of any ski mountain in North America. Whistler, Blackcomb’s next-door neighbor, is the site of a major World Cup downhill race, the Molson Cup.

There are major cities in British Columbia too. Vancouver is a worldclass city in a spectacular natural setting. To the east rise the peaks of the Coastal Range and to the west lie the Straits of Georgia. The city is rimmed by lush forests and sandy beaches.

Major attractions include Gastown, Robson Street, Granville Island Market, Chinatown and Stanley Park.

Victoria, on the tip of Vancouver Island, is the capital of British Columbia and has an air of European charm. From the double-decker buses to the elegance of the Empress Hotel, Victoria is like a trip to Merry Olde England. Major attractions include the Royal British Columbia Museum and Butchart Gardens.

Since the city is accessible only by boat, ferry service is available from Seattle, Port Angeles, and Tsawwassen, British Columbia. The Vancouver Island Princess and the Victoria Clipper, a high-speed catamaran, sail daily from Seattle.

Oregon

Oregon, like Washington state, is a land of climate and landscape contrasts. The Cascade Range divides the state into two distinct climates. Mount Hood, rising 11,239 feet above sea level, is the highest point.

With nearly half the land covered in forests, Oregon leads the nation in lumber industries. Agriculture also has an important role.

Recreational activities center on the mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Fishing, hunting, hiking, camping and whitewater rafting are just a few to be enjoyed. Oregon has one of the most extensive park systems in the west, and a statewide network of bicycle trails has been developed by the state department of transportation.

Snow skiing is popular at several areas on Mount Hood and at Mount Bachelor near Bend.

Portland is only a three-hour drive from JBLM and offers many cultural and recreational activities including museums, gardens, parks and a zoo.

Oregon’s largest city is a popular place to shop because the state has no sales tax. Many major department and outlet stores, such as the Pendleton Woolen Mills, offer shoppers almost endless choices. The JBLM Leisure Travel Services also runs several day trips to Portland, especially during the Christmas shopping season.

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