The Pacific Northwest has great tourist attractions. Washington has the majestic Mount Rainier and Lake Chelan. Oregon brings in visitors who flock to Wallula Lake and Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach. Haystack Rock is managed by both the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Both do a tremendous job of keeping the wildlife habitat intact - despite the high number of visitors at low tide.

Three PNW Landmarks - Gone Forever

There are some well-known places - no longer with us.

In recent years - Mother Nature and humans have combined to wreak havoc on landmarks, and natural wonders around the country.

Two places along the Oregon Coast, that used to attract many annual visitors - have now vanished or been destroyed by vandals. One lost tourist attraction was once anchored in Puget Sound. 

The Mighty Mo' Used to Call Bremerton Home

I was able to see the USS Missouri in 1984 on its final weekend in Bremerton.

It was here on the decks of this battleship where the historic surrender papers were signed in August of 1945 by Japan in Tokyo Harbor, which marked the end of World War II.  After the Korean War, the ship was retired and served as a tourist attraction that drew 250,000 tourists a year - from 1955 to 1984.

The Missouri briefly was called back into service from 1984 to 1990. After its final decommission, it came back to Bremerton - only to set sail again in 1998 for its final resting place in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.


Duckbill Rock on the Oregon Coast
Duckbill Rock CREDIT - Paul Billets (via Facebook)

“Duckbill Rock” Tillamook County, Oregon

Much of the Oregon coast is dressed up with ornate geological formations: Sea stacks, caves, and rugged cliffs. The Duckbill Rock was one of them. 

Every summer, surfers and beachcombers flock to the beachfront preserve at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area. There the famous seven-foot “The Duckbill” - named for its distinctive shape - was destroyed by vandals in 2016. 

Jump Off Joe (1910s)
Jump Off Joe (1910s) Public Domain

Jump-Off Joe, Newport, Oregon

Jump-Off Joe was a glorious 100-foot sea stack - located at Newport’s Nye Beach on Oregon’s Central Coast. Oregon’s residents in the late 1800s - many of them arriving on the wagons of the Oregon Trail - made trips to Newport to see Jump-Off Joe.

Its untimely fate was due to altering tides due to the man-made jetties in the late 1800s. The Jetties altered the water flow of the tides - which drastically sped up the erosion and eventual collapse of Jump-Off Joe in 1916.


10 Quaint & Beautiful Towns You Should Visit In The Pacific Northwest

World Atlas named these these the "11 Quaintest Small Towns in the Pacific Northwest." We dropped one well because it's in California, and we didn't want to make Idahoans mad.

Gallery Credit: Kyle Matthews

How Much Money Do You Need to Make to Be Happy in the Pacific Northwest?

These numbers crunched by Go Banking Rates were inspired by a 2018 study performed by Purdue University. Purdue looked to find the number that would make people feel like they reached a level of life evaluation and emotional-well being where they were truly happy.

Gallery Credit: Michelle Heart

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