[[caption-width-right:230: Hail Cascadia!]]

The Pacific Northwest of the United States and Canada. When people talk about ''the'' Rainforest, they invariably mean [[TheAmazon the tropical one]] in Brazil, but the Pacific temperate rainforest is the largest in the world by area, and stretches from northern California upwards to Alaska. There are also American tropical rainforests in Hawaii and Puerto Rico (and the Philippines, when they used to be under U.S. colonial rule).

This part of the HollywoodAtlas is home to [[TruthInTelevision magnificent forest scenery]], UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}, [[PantheraAwesome mountain lions]], {{Bigfoot|SasquatchAndYeti}}, log cabins, [[MightyLumberjack lumberjacks]], and {{Magical Native American}}s delivering {{Green Aesop}}s. Oh, and {{Crazy Survivalist}}s who live in shacks, write manifestos, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and send]] [[MadBomber letter bombs]]. Also expect to see a NewAgeRetroHippie or two. Alternatively, we may get a beautifully forested small town, which turns out to be a CityOfAdventure, usually for the local {{Kid Hero}}es, who may be subjected to a HorribleCampingTrip. (Note the "rain" part of "rainforest".) This area may also be a WildWilderness with very little contact with the outside world because the only city in this region Hollywood seems to know about is UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}, home of the Space Needle and Starbucks.

As home to Microsoft and its founder Bill Gates, and with Creator/{{Nintendo}} of America down the block and to the left, the Seattle area is the 'cool' alternative location for tech people. Occasional recognition is given to Boeing. If UsefulNotes/{{Oregon}} ever gets a city, it will be UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}, which is often stereotyped as being populated by {{hipster}}s and {{Granola Girl}}s. Funny thing is, despite Seattle being known as a tech city, Portland is a major center for computer manufacturing, with many Silicon Valley companies such as Intel moving their manufacturing north due to cheaper utilities, wages, and land prices. Another notable company in the area is Nike, whose world campus is in Beaverton, a suburb just west of Portland.

Whenever something is supposedly set in Washington, you can almost guarantee it is [[CaliforniaDoubling Vancouver Doubling.]] However, due to good union contracts it's becoming more common for it to be doubled in Oregon. This may change in the next few years as Washington State has recently passed tax breaks and other incentives for filmmakers, as well as the Canadian and American exchange rates and labor laws making the States an equally valid choice.

Also, beyond the Cascade Mountains, vast stretches of Central and Eastern Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia are not in any way a rainforest (and the residents tend to be ''far'' more conservative politically.) Much of Eastern Oregon is desert or semi-arid, described by some as "the closest you can get to the Wild West and still have cable", while Eastern Washington is largely rolling plains similar to those in Idaho and the Midwest. The latter area is home to the majority of America's apple production, as well as the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River, the largest dam in the United States (and at one point the largest dam in the world). Eastern Washington is home to the state's second-largest city, Spokane, whose suburb of Mead is home to Cyan, the developers behind VideoGame/{{Myst}}. Plutonium for the U.S. nuclear arsenal is produced on the Hanford Reservation (rather than Oak Ridge or Los Alamos). Eastern BC includes the Okanagan Valley, a major orchard and winery region, as well as a few different mountain ranges.

!!This region in fiction:


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''Creator/MarvelComics'' version of ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'' was set in and around Portland. To be precise, the spaceship that brought the Transformers to Earth crashed near "Mount Saint [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed Hilary]]".
* Creator/GregRucka's ''ComicBook/{{Stumptown}}'' is also.
* And Creator/BrianMichaelBendis' ''Scarlet''.
* ComicBook/GreenArrow, during the Mike Grell era.
* Charles Burns's graphic novel ''ComicBook/BlackHole'' takes place in Seattle during the 1970s.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' is set in Ashland, Oregon, due to Laika, the animation company that made it being based near Portland, and them wanting to have it set in Oregon while still making Miss Spink and Miss Forcible's backstory of being former actresses semi-plausible (Ashland is the host for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival).

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/BennyAndJoon'' is set and shot in Spokane.
* ''Film/HarryAndTheHendersons'' manages to include Bigfoot, Seattle, ''and'' the end of a HorribleCampingTrip.
* The ''Film/FreeWilly'' movies (at least the parts set on land)
* ''Film/TheGoonies'', set in Astoria, Oregon. ''Film/ShortCircuit'' was also set and shot on Astoria. "Stephanie's" house is only a few miles from the "Goonies house," with the Columbia River bridge shown prominently.
* ''Film/McCabeAndMrsMiller'', a [[{{Deconstruction}} revisionist]] [[TheWestern Western]] set in a small mining town in the Cascades.
* The exteriors for ''Film/PracticalMagic'' were filmed on Whidbey Island in northern Puget Sound- though this is in a much less rainforest-y area than areas further south and west. The same area was used for a justifiably forgotten TV movie called ''Cry For the Children''.
* ''Film/DantesPeak'', set in a fictional small town in Washington's North Cascades (but shot in [[CaliforniaDoubling Idaho]]).
* The remake of ''Film/TheWickerMan2006'', set in a fictional part of the San Juan Islands.
* ''Film/{{Singles}}'' is a movie set Seattle right as the native grunge trend had ''just'' started to spread out to the rest of the country.
* ''Film/TheRing'' (the Americana remake and its sequel) is set in the Northwest and was shot around Seattle, the Puget Sound, and Astoria, Oregon. The creepy blue quality to the light, unsettling fog and broken down barns are all part of the local color.
* While no location is given in the film, ''Film/WhatTheBleepDoWeKnow'' was filmed in and around Portland, and makes fairly extensive use of the MAX (the local light rail) and the Baghdad movie theatre.
* ''Film/JustBeforeDawn'' has five youths camoing in the woods of Oregon and meeting death in the guise of [[spoiler:psycho redneck twins]].
* ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'': Certain shots show that it is set in Seattle, with the skyline (complete with [[{{Zeerust}} Space Needle]]) and several iconic locations. Tacoma seems to double for Seattle in a lot of the more generic places.
* ''Film/AnimalHouse'' was shot in Eugene, Oregon on the U of O campus, although it seems to take place somewhere in Pennsylvania.
* Most of ''Film/KindergartenCop'' takes place in Astoria where Kimble goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher.
* ''Film/NoRetreatNoSurrender'' takes place in Seattle and also the location of Bruce Lee's grave.
* ''Film/{{Antitrust}}'' takes place largely in Portland. Fitting, since the inspiration for the film's villain is also located in the Pacific Northwest.
* ''Film/FiveEasyPieces'': much of the film takes place in Oregon and the Puget Sound area of Washington.
* ''Foxfire'' with Creator/AngelinaJolie was filmed in SW Portland, and SET in Portland because it was [[TheThemeParkVersion purportedly full of lesbians and wangsty teenagers]] in TheNineties.
* ''Film/DeadMan'': set somewhere in Washington (the Makah village at the end of the film indicates the Olympic Peninsula)
* The setting of ''Film/{{Twilight}}''. Forks, Washington is getting fantastic tourist revenue thanks to the movies—never mind that [[CaliforniaDoubling not a single scene in the saga was actually shot there]].
* ''Film/MyOwnPrivateIdaho'' and ''Film/DrugstoreCowboy'' feature Portland, Oregon prominently, most notably TheCityNarrows. Parts of downtown Portland were considered rather gruff before it became [[{{Portlandia}} so closely associated]] with TheNineties {{Hipster}} culture.
%%* ''Are We There Yet?'' and the sequel ''Are We Done Yet?''.
* The forests of [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Endor]] are in Humboldt County, California.
* ''Film/{{Outbreak}}'' was filmed in Humboldt County, set in the fictional city of Cedar Creek (actually Ferndale, CA). The infected monkey is released in the same forest that Luke and Leia rode speeders in.
* The scenes that were [[CaliforniaDoubling supposedly set in Japan]] for ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIII'' were filmed on the Oregon coast.
* ''Film/MyNameIsBruce'' is set in the fictional southern Oregon town of Goldlick, as well as actually being filmed in southern Oregon (Creator/BruceCampbell lives in the southern Oregon town of Jacksonville).
* ''Film/TheParallaxView'', which starts in Seattle (with an assassination at the Space Needle) and continues around the Washington State area.
* ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' was shot at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.

* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' is set in the town of Forks, Washington. Although Forks is a real place, the first movie filmed the Forks scenes in Oregon, and the subsequent movies filmed the Forks scenes in Vancouver, both of which are at least in the right region.
* ''Literature/ThePostman''
* Barbara Kingsolver's novel ''Pigs in Heaven'' has the main character move from Tucson to Seattle. She finds the local climate impossibly rainy. "This isn't a city, it's a carwash!"
* Most of the ''Literature/MercyThompson'' series takes place in the Tri-Cities in Eastern Washington. The second ''Alpha & Omega'' novel is set in Seattle and does a good job.
** Patricia Briggs was living in the Tri-Cities when she started writing the series.
* Creator/BeverlyCleary's RamonaQuimby books are all set in Portland.
* Some of Michael Slade's [=RCMP=] thrillers take place in Vancouver. Many of its characters have spent time hunting or backpacking in British Columbia.
* The ''Literature/{{Emberverse}}'' book series by S.M. Stirling features the PNW and Willamette Valley as central setting locations. The green and verdant landscape is mentioned as being a boon to the residents.
* The ''Literature/NorthwestFront'' series of books takes place (mainly) in the Pacific Northwest as white nationalists try to separate and establish their Northwest American Republic....by terrorism.
* The ''Wildwood'' series by Colin Meloy (yes [[Music/TheDecemberists That]] Colin Meloy) is a young adult fantasy that sets an entire fantasy land in the wild woods near Portland.
* The prime setting of ''Literature/ImagineSomeday'' a fictional city in Oregon that's somewhat like Portland. The characters also visit the Cascades at one point.
* In ''Metatropolis'' the eco-anarchist city of Cascadiopolis is hidden among the trees and basalt flats.
* ''Literature/AStudyInMoonlight'' is all set in Western Washington. Most of "Tamanous of the Brackenwoods" takes place in a fictional small town in the Olympic Peninsula rainforest country, not far from Forks.
* ''Creator/KenKesey'' uses the Pacific Northwest extensively. Notably ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' and ''Sometimes a Great Notion''.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}''
* ''Series/TwinPeaks''
* The ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Man in the Bear", which for some reason included a StockFootage shot of Yosemite (they must have been walking ''really'' far).
* Series/NowhereMan - filmed entirely in/around Portland, though the various episodes were actually set in cities all over the country.
* ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' - Set in Seattle, but quite obviously filmed in Vancouver.
* ''Series/TheSentinel'' is set in the fictional city of Cascade, a stand-in for Seattle.
* ''Series/AlmostLive'', a sketch comedy show that ran from 1984-1999 in the timeslot before ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', was produced and shot in Seattle, and featured skits which, in addition to lampooning (and helping codify) all the area stereotypes, regularly involved local current events and celebrities. Often the trivia of choice to determine if someone's a 'true' Washingtonian is to quiz them about their knowledge of this show.
** Likewise Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy was shot in and around Seattle, and is practically a child-friendly SpinOff.
* ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' - Though the fictional city of Briarwood suggests that it is either in Northern California or Oregon, it was filmed in New Zealand
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' is set in Seattle, but filmed entirely in LA, except for one special on-location episode.
* ''Series/ICarly''
* ''Series/JohnDoe''
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' had a scene showing Ben being born in the forests just outside of Portland.... only problem being that the trees and foliage in the scene are obviously(and hilariously) tropical.
* ''Series/DarkAngel'' is set in cyberpunk-esque Seattle TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture after an EMP burst destroys the US economy.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' is set in [[UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} "Seacouver"]].
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' filmed its first five seasons in Vancouver, though it played host to a variety of different places, including Oregon, Idaho, Iowa, New Jersey, and Washington just in the first season. The pilot is set in the fictional town of Bellefleur, Oregon. They switched filming to L.A. after season five, and this becomes almost glaringly obvious in season seven, when Mulder and Scully return to Bellefleur to follow up on their first case. The pilot is drizzly, rainy, and ominous. The entirety of "Requiem" is sunny and more inviting.
* Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/PerfectCouples'' is set in Portland, Oregon, although this is not mentioned on-screen often.
* One episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'' ("Seth") was set north of Seattle. Also, the episode "Nightwalkers" was set in a small, coastal Oregon town. Most of the series was filmed in the Vancouver area, leading to more than one joke about how all these alien planets sure look a lot like the Rocky Mountains.
* ''Series/{{Portlandia}}'' is, obviously, set in Portland.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' is set and filmed in and around Portland.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' filmed its second, third and fourth seasons in Portland but [[CaliforniaDoubling set them in Boston]]. Starting in season five, the show will take place in Portland.
* ''Series/KyleXY'' is filmed in Vancouver, BC and while their exact town remains unnamed it seems to be close enough for frequent and casual trips to the University of Washington in Seattle, which is established as many alumni of the GovernmentConspiracy having started as students there.
* ''Series/{{MacGyver}}'' had the episode "Log Jam", featuring Mac investigating the Northwest logging industry to discover... the {{Yakuza}}.
* ''Series/HereComeTheBrides'': "The bluest skies you'll ever see are in Seattle..."

[[folder:Radio Dramas]]
* ''Radio/{{BellinghamTerror}} is set and produced in Bellingham, Washington and features loads of local history and references.
* The Pacific Northwest Stories produces ''Podcast/TANIS'' and ''Podcast/TheBlackTapes'', in which PNWS is a fictionalized version of itself as a journalistic company based in this region, and naturally the shows largely take place in the area. They're also in a SharedUniverse, on paper; the two plotlines don't overlap much other than that the reporters Nic Silver and Alex Regan make the occasional appearance in one another's shows.
** To give context, ''The Black Tapes'' follows their reporter Alex Regan as she investigates Dr. Richard Strand, a reclusive scientist and paranormal investigator of the highly-skeptical variety, and his yet debunked cases (the [[TitleDrop "Black Tapes). [[spoiler: Although Strand legitimately works to debunk cases, it's partly a cover to investigate the real mysteries of the Black Tapes, which link together to paint a picture of an incoming demon apocalypse.]] ''Tanis'' follows Nic Silver as he takes to the field to investigate a thing called Tanis. It's not entirely clear if Tanis is a place, a phenomenon, a "doorway", or even an entity (and there's evidence to suggest that it fits into more than one of those definitions), and as he digs deeper, [[spoiler: he stumbles into the conspiratorial conflict centered around containing it]]. Both podcasts explore themes such as the supernatural in a seemingly mundane world and the price the people involved pay on their sanity as they go deeper down the rabbit hole.

* [[MixedMartialArts Mixed martial artist]], commentator and All-American U of O wrestler Chael Sonnen would sometimes call himself the "Gangster of West Linn," (Oregon), with a flawlessly straight face.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'s default campaign setting is Seattle and surrounding areas.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AlanWake''. The developers wanted to create a convincing Washington landscape, so [[ShownTheirWork they took literally THOUSANDS of photographs of the land]], not to mention architecture styles. As a result, the game had very little concept art.
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' is set in the fictional city of Greenvale, Washington. (Based on the landscape, it's up somewhere in the Cascades.) Many characters mention visiting Seattle as well.
* ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict'' Much of the story and game play, while sometimes set in Europe with the EU, and in New York, is set in Washington. [[spoiler:In 1989, The Soviet Union invades Seattle using a lot of cargo vessels as a front. Their invasion is halted around the fictional city of Pine Valley (in place of Ilwaco, Washington), and finally turned around at the fictional town of Cascade Falls (in the Cascades in northern Washington). A final counterattack on Seattle (with an appearance by the Space Needle) forces the Soviets and Chinese reinforcements to retreat from the US mainland.]]
* The first mission in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' takes place in a futuristic version of Vancouver as it is being attacked by the Reapers.
* The starting village of Arroyo in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' is located roughly in the vicinity of Medford, Oregon and most of the game takes place in northern California, once a part of the Northwestern Commonwealth (Nor-cal, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska). That being said a lot of the area (especially south in Northern California) is still a dead and irradiated desert after the Great War with the one large rainforests being hard to find.
* ''VideoGame/GoneHome'' is set in Oregon during, naturally, TheNineties.
* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' features a prestigious art school in Oregon, populated by every variation of the {{Hipster}} archetype one would expect.

* ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'' live in the Seattle area, and spend a lot of time in the forest.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', John lives in Maple Valley, Washington (near [[StealthPun Pipe Lake]]).
* [[http://theoatmeal.com/blog/seattle_weather This strip]] from Webcomic/TheOatmeal.
* ''{{Rhapsodies}}'' takes place in Homestead, Columbia ''(a large city on the shores of Puget Sound, in a United States with a slightly [[AlternateHistory different history]])''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''[[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1]]'' has the guys move to Seattle. Their neighborhood looks exactly the same, but the Space Needle is shown in ''The Creditor.''
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', in the episode dealing with Native Americans with big feet.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is set in a weird part of Oregon. (Or ya know, the ''weirder'' part anyway.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' - [[WordOfGod Matt Groening]] [[http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/matt-groening-reveals-the-location-of-the-real-springfield-60583379/?no-ist= once said that]] [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Springfield was actually set in Oregon]], [[CreatorProvincialism his home state]]. Then again, [[TeasingCreator Matt]] [[TrollingCreator Groening]] said this, and there have been many deliberate contradictions throughout the series, including an episode where Bart and Homer had to plan a long road trip to get to Oregon ([[SelfDeprecation where they accidentally destroyed Groening's birth home]]).