What are motorcycle club colors?

You’re driving down a long stretch of highway on a clear summer day, when you hear the sound of distant rumbling. It’s not a pop-up thunderstorm, but a posse of a few dozen bikers, coming up behind you in the rearview. But how do you know if you’re dealing with a group of weekend warriors blowing off steam between shifts at the office, or with a show of force by a motorcycle gang like the Hells Angels? One way is by looking at the “colors” that the bikers have sewn to the backs of their leather or denim jackets.

In the wake of a small 1947 riot involving bikers at a Hollister, Calif., rally, the American Motorcyclist Association released a now-famous statement. Ninety-nine percent of motorcycle enthusiasts were average citizens having a bit of fun, the AMA said. Only a small 1 percent was responsible for problems like what happened at Hollister. Once these “outlaw motorcycle gangs” (OMGs) began forming over the following decades, they embraced the 1 percent label, and began calling themselves “1 percenters” and wearing a diamond-shaped patch that said “1%” usually on their jacket lapels [source: Thompson]. The “1%” patch was one of the earlier forms of motorcycle club colors — elaborate sets of patches and designs that bikers wear to make their affiliation with one club clear.

Before Hollister, the original outlaw motorcycle gang, the Outlaw Motorcycle Club, wore patches on the backs of their workman’s coveralls as far back as the 1930s. These were not the elaborate designs that clubs use today, but simpler patches with the club name [source: Dulaney]. Over time, the patches began to evolve. The Outlaws, taking a cue from a Marlon Brando movie, started wearing a logo they called “Charlie,” a skull and crossbones design with the crossbones replaced by pistons [source: Dulaney]. From there, colors became more and more commonplace among biker clubs.

Today, club colors are powerful symbols of OMG identity, a way to brag about affiliation and warn rivals to keep their distance. Recreational clubs that don’t engage in criminal activity often have their own versions of colors, too. But this article will focus on the outlaw gangs, and how they use them. Read on to learn more about how motorcycle clubs use their colors to keep control of their territory, keep members in line and intimidate their enemies.






What are motorcycle club colors?

Just like urban street gangs, outlaw motorcycle gangs use their colors to make their affiliation public to both fellow gang members and rivals. Sometimes, OMGs even have actual colors to go along with their “colors.” For example, Hells Angels wear red, and members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club wear green [source: Pugmire].

Just like urban street gangs, outlaw motorcycle gangs use their colors to make their affiliation public to both fellow gang members and rivals. Sometimes, OMGs even have actual colors to go along with their “colors.” For example, Hells Angels wear red, and members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club wear green [source: Pugmire]. Motorcycle gangs are extremely territorial of what they consider their turf. They use displaying colors as a way to define that turf. In the 1980s and ’90s, war waged between the Hells Angels and the Mongols for control of Southern California. When rival gangs like these tussle, they will try to remove and destroy the colors of their rivals by force [source: Glod].

If a gang member shows up in the wrong turf wearing rival colors, they have the choice to remove their colors, or face violence from the ruling gang. That’s because wearing your colors in rival territory is seen as either a threat, or an all out declaration of war. For example, when the Black Pistons MC opened a chapter in Portland, Maine, in the 2000s, rival gangs swarmed the town. In this particular case, no violence erupted, but Hells Angels rode through town and loitered on the streets just to show their colors and make clear that the Black Pistons weren’t welcome [source: Hench].

The OMGs don’t hand out colors lightly, either. They can only be worn by fully initiated members, not by casual allies or even allied gangs. In order to earn the right to wear their colors, prospective club members have to go through a long, grueling initiation [source: Peirce]. “Initiates” have to do the bidding of all other club members, which could include anything from mundane tasks like laundry or cleaning up after gang members’ messes. Of course, it can also involve criminal activity like stealing bikes or proving themselves in fights with bikers from rival clubs [source: Peirce].

Once members earn their colors, the patches themselves are considered almost sacred. OMG bikers pin their jackets to their clothes so that the colors attached can’t be left behind on accident, or pulled off easily during a fight [source: Peirce]. Anybody who tries to leave an OMG, or who gets kicked out, has their colors revoked — by any means necessary, including violence and even murder. Even group members’ tattoos are enforced. Members have to get clearance from club leaders before they can have emblems tattooed on their bodies. If they ever want to leave the gang, they have to have the tattoos removed first [source: Peirce].






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Places Where JK Rowling Wrote Harry Potter in Edinburgh Scotland

J.K. Rowling wrote most of the Harry Potter books in Edinburgh Scotland, and you can still visit many of these places today. Rowling moved to Edinburgh in 1993 and once said in an interview: “…Edinburgh is very much home for me and is the place where Harry evolved over seven books and many, many hours of writing in its cafés.”

J.K. Rowling wrote most of the Harry Potter books in Edinburgh Scotland, and you can still visit some of these places today. Rowling moved to Edinburgh in 1993 and once said in an interview: “…Edinburgh is very much home for me and is the place where Harry evolved over seven books and many, many hours of writing in its cafés.” Although she wrote Harry Potter in Edinburgh in a variety of cafes and private places, there are a few places that she worked that you can visit on your trip to Edinburgh!

Before listing the places you can visit where Rowling wrote Harry Potter in Edinburgh, we’ll share a bit of background about J.K. Rowling and her time in Edinburgh.

Joanne Rowling, aka J.K. Rowling, had the inspiration for what would become the Harry Potter series during a train ride from Manchester to London in 1990. She soon sketched out a rough plan for a 7-book series featuring a boy wizard. She saw it as a book series from the start and was obviously a woman with both imagination and ambition!

In 1991, she moved to Porto, Portugal to teach English following the death of her mother and the loss of her office job in Manchester. In Porto, she worked, wrote, got married, and had a daughter Jessica. She left her Portuguese husband in 1993 (divorcing in 1995) and headed to Edinburgh Scotland with her baby daughter and the first three drafted chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. She chose Edinburgh as that was where her sister and brother-in-law were living.

It was a rough time in Rowling’s life with the failed marriage, a young daughter to take care of, and little money. She went on welfare, worked on the book, sought treatment for depression, and completed a training program as a teacher. Her intention was to become a school teacher as she had no idea whether she’d be able to sell her book or not. She had no idea that she would become one of the best-selling British authors of all time!

It was during this time that J.K. Rowling wrote in many of Edinburgh’s cafés and coffee houses with her sleeping daughter at her side. When asked the best place to write in this interview Rowling said: “It’s no secret that the best place to write, in my opinion, is in a café. You don’t have to make your own coffee, you don’t have to feel like you’re in solitary confinement and if you have writers block, you can get up and walk to the next café while giving your batteries time to recharge and brain time to think. The best writing café is crowded enough to allow you blend in, but not too crowded that you have to share a table with someone else.”

Writing in Edinburgh’s cafés would of course become more difficult after the publication of her third book as the Harry Potter books became more and more well-known. Pottermania had begun! By the publication of her fourth book and the release of the first Harry Potter film, Rowling and the Harry Potter character were well-known around the world.

Her fame made it difficult for her to write undisturbed in local cafes. She noted in an email interview with the Broughton High (an Edinburgh school) school magazine in 2003 that although her ideal writing spot was a corner table in a larger cafe, she can no longer write in cafés because of her fame. This eventually led her to writing at home, her office, and in other private spaces.

She would write the ending of the final Harry Potter book in secret in a suite of the city’s best-known luxury hotel. In 15 years, Rowling had gone from a single mom on welfare to a successful millionaire author. She still lives in Edinburgh with her husband (she remarried in 2001) and has three children.

Although J.K. Rowling wrote in a number of cafés during her early years in Edinburgh, there are two that we know that she spent a lot of time writing and we know exactly where she wrote the ending of her final Harry Potter book. Today, you can visit the two cafés and stay at the hotel where she wrote the final book. Perhaps you’ll find a bit of inspiration to write your own best-selling novel!

Of course there are loads of other Harry Potter sites in Edinburgh, including a graveyard, a cobbled street, and a castle that may have served as inspiration for the novels. Harry Potter fans will want to be sure to visit those sites as well!

You can explore the Harry Potter sites on your own self-guided tour of Edinburgh or join a guided tour such as this one. If you are looking for something more literary focused, you might consider this private tour or this family tour.

Note that there are other cafés that have claimed to be places where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter in order to draw in tourists and Harry Potter fans. Some of these claims are validated, others are not. In response to this, you’ll find a number of coffee shops in Edinburgh displaying signs proclaiming things like “Harry Potter wasn’t written here” or “J.K. Rowling never wrote here”.

I’ll focus on the two cafés where she definitely spent time writing and the hotel where we know she finished the final Harry Potter book.

Address: 6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DH
Website: https://spoonedinburgh.co.uk/

Nicolson’s Café was the place where J.K. Rowling wrote a lot of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, after arriving in Edinburgh. This is likely the first coffee shop she worked at after moving to Edinburgh as it was then owned by Rowling’s brother-in-law. She could nurse a cup of coffee here for hours and write in relative peace with her daughter sleeping in the pram next to her. The space was later turned into a Chinese restaurant, and has more recently turned back into a café/restaurant called Spoon.

In a December 2001 BBC TV interview special, Rowling noted that she wrote huge parts of the first Harry Potter book at Nicolson’s. She noted during part of the interview that took place in the café:

“This was a really great place to write, because there were so many tables around here that I didn’t feel too guilty about taking a table up too long and that [pointing to the table] was my favorite table. I always wanted to try and get that one because it was out of the way in the corner. It was just great to look up when you were writing and stop and think about things and be able to look out on the street which was quite busy. They were pretty tolerant of me in here partly because one of the owners is my brother-in-law.”

Today you can stop at Spoon for a casual brunch, lunch, or dinner. Or perhaps a coffee and cake or glass of wine in between meals. There is no Harry Potter related stuff inside the bistro so it is a much calmer place to visit than The Elephant House.

There is a plaque outside the building stating that “J.K. Rowling wrote some of the early chapters of Harry Potter in the rooms on the first floor of this building”.

The Elephant House

Address: 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN
Website: http://www.elephanthouse.biz/

The most famous of the Harry Potter related attractions in Edinburgh is a coffee shop called The Elephant House. A sign on the outside proclaims it to be the “Birthplace of Harry Potter” and it attracts loads of visitors. The café also says that other famous writers once wrote here, including Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall-Smith.

Although its claim to being the “birthplace” of Harry Potter isn’t true, Rowling definitely spent time writing here. It is fairly likely she spent time here writing the second and third Harry Potter books. In fact, you can see this video of J.K. Rowling giving an interview at The Elephant House around the time when she had started working on her third Harry Potter novel.

Fast forward a few years from that interview, and this place became a popular tourist attraction, and today lines are sometimes out the door. The café has begun charging for people to come in to take photographs to try to control crowds. The bathroom has become a place for Harry Potter graffiti and menus are now offered in several languages.

Although The Elephant House is now a popular tourist attraction and is almost always busy, we were surprised to find that the prices were not super high given its popularity and the food and coffee was good. As long as you order something, you can also spend as much time as you like here and you can even sit and write if you wish. If you are a writer, perhaps you can find inspiration from those now famous best-selling authors like Rowling who once sat quietly writing in longhand at the table in the corner.

Room 552 at the Balmoral Hotel

Address: 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ
Website: https://www.roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/the-balmoral-hotel/

JK Rowling finished the seventh and final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, at the Balmoral Hotel. The Balmoral Hotel is a 5-star 19th century luxury hotel located next to the Waverley train station in Edinburgh. Rowling said she was feeling distracted at home and wanted to get away for a little while to finish the ending of her book. She managed to work in a hotel suite here and finish the book in secret with very few people knowing she was staying here.

After finishing the book, she famously graffitied a marble bust of the god Hermes. She scribbled the following on the bust: “JK Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this room (552) on 11th Jan 2007”. Not surprisingly, Rowling did not get into any trouble for her vandalism and in fact, the bust is now proudly displayed in the suite behind glass. The suite was later renamed the JK Rowling Suite.

The Balmoral Hotel is a hotel and anyone can stay here for a price (check current prices here). You can even stay in the same room (552) as the famous author. This beautiful suite is priced at about £1,000 a night and the outside of the door is decorated with an owl and a small golden sign bearing the name The J.K. Rowling Suite. Of course, you can book a regular room for much less!

If the Balmoral Hotel is not within your budget, you can also still visit the hotel restaurant for a meal or afternoon tea (reservations recommended).

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Edinburgh, there are lots of options for places to stay in the city, from hotels to apartments to hostels. We recommend that those interested in Harry Potter sites in Edinburgh stay around the Grassmarket area, and you can check out our detailed guide to where to stay in Edinburgh for Harry Potter fans here.

So those are the three places that J.K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books in Edinburgh that you can still visit today.

If you are looking for more information about visiting these cafés or other Harry Potter related sites in Edinburgh, you can check out our comprehensive Harry Potter Edinburgh guide.

Would you be interested in visiting any of these Harry Potter related sites in Edinburgh? If you have visited any spots where J.K. Rowling wrote about Harry Potter in Edinburgh, we’d love to hear about your experiences. If you are planning a trip to Edinburgh and have any questions, just leave your questions in the Comments section below and we’ll get back to you!






10 Most Notorious Biker Gangs

When several of individuals imagine of bikers, they usually assumes of the conventional unclean, leather dressed men with hairy beards coat in the street dust, traveling just about the country causing chaos and being into barroom fight. The reality is that, most bikers are not noisy problem makers, and are in fact truthful, law-abiding, tough…

When several of individuals imagine of bikers, they the conventional unclean, leather dressed men with hairy beards coat in the street dust, traveling just about the country causing chaos and being . The reality is that, most bikers are not noisy problem makers, and are in fact truthful, law-abiding, tough working individuals. Nevertheless, there are numbers of bikers who call themselves as “1%ers”. “One %er” biker gangs have been agreed to this tag because it is self styled within loops that 99% of all bikers are living within the limitations of the rule. Then, there is the other 1% who discards main-issue norms and is living outside the law, usually involving in extremely criminal actions. The catalog takes a look at 10 “1%er” motorcycle gangs and emphasize several of each gang’s suspected criminal actions.

10: Abutre’s Moto Clube

Home base: Brazil

Criminal activities: Extortion, Drugs (transportation and distribution), and prostitution.

Brazil’s major biker gang is a quite childlike group, having been shaped just 20 years ago, but the gang’s power seems to be , as chain group have exploded up not only across Brazil, but also in next by Argentina. Other groups of mainly homogeneous, Brazilian arrangement are suspected to have shaped in , Japan, and in Spain as well.

Home base: Australia

Criminal activities: Counterfeiting, drugs (transportation and distribution), extortion, firearms, money laundering, tax evasion, and trafficking stolen items.

Alleged to be Australia’s biggest biker gang with 2,000 and a full 70 sections nationwide, the Rebels have been attached to a diversity of execution-style murdering in the previous decade, including the killing of three affiliates of their Aussie competitor, the Bandidos. The only trouble with Australian motorcycle gangs is that they are called to as “Bikie” gangs, a term that in the U.S. to sincerely weaken .

Home base: Tijuana, Mexico

Criminal activities: Drugs and arms (transportation and distribution), extortion, human smuggling, murder, and prostitution.

Created in the Mexican boundary city of Tijuana in 1960, the only Angels have distributed in the American Southwest but keep hold of deep bind to Southern Californian road gangs, including one of the main terror gangs on earth: Mara Salvatrucha, or called as MS-13. The singly Angels good press each year during their Tijuana Toy Drive, or else they are one of the Hells Angels’ little cronies, and have been connected with the Mongols, who have a bleeding, competing with the Hells Angels.

Home base: Colorado, USA

Criminal activities: Assault, drug trafficking, extortion, intimidation, money laundering, murder, prostitution, and weapons trafficking

Believed to be one of the FBI’s highest 5 U.S. gangs, the Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club (SOSMC) has 30 episodes in 12 , together with a developing eventuality in Germany. They’re alleged to have close to 300 full-badge affiliates. The Sons of Silence may be the best and was known for having been introduced in a current chapter of the TV sequence, the Gangland.

6. MC (aka Green Nation)

Home base: San Bernardino, California, USA
Criminal activities: assault, drugs and weapons (trafficking), extortion, insurance fraud, kidnapping, money laundering, murder, prostitution, rape, theft, and witness bullying.

was created in San Bernardino, California in 1960 and has gradually to nearby states and in Mexico as well. Now, the gang, which consist both Hispanics and the whites had a probable of 300 full-scrap affiliates, and their criminal actions appears to be growing each year, Vagos MC are also called as Green Nation, because it is the color that they fly.

Home base: Pennsylvania, USA
Criminal activities: Extortion, Drugs and arms (transportation and distribution), money laundering, murder and prostitution.

The more than 100 tough affiliates of the Warlocks is 1/5 of their Southern complement, the Florida Warlocks, but they called themselves properly enough, as the “Original Warlocks.” Either little in figure or just very elite, their criminal actions are equivalence with any other biker gang in the state.

4. Bandidos MC

Home base: San Leon, Texas, USA
Criminal activities: arms dealing, drugs (production, transportation and distribution), extortion, money laundering, and murder.
The Bandidos go by uncomplicated saying. Multiracial motorcycle gang has been supported since it was formed in 1960. “F**k the world. We are the individuals that our parents advise us about.” They have 2,500 affiliates in the world in about 14 on 4 continents. The Texas-born Bandidos signifies the main violent opponent of the Hells Angels. The U.S. Department of Justice called them as the second huge motorcycle gang in the United States.

Home base: McCook, Illinois, USA
Criminal activities: Arson, assault, Drugs (production, transportation and distribution), extortion bombings, fraud, intimidation, money laundering, kidnapping, murder, robbery, and prostitution.

Also called as the American Outlaws Association (A.O.A.) and Outlaws Nation, the Outlaws Bikers Club attributes an estimated of 1,700 affiliates in the U.S. 12 other foreign nations in 1976, and they are known to have been present since 1930.

Home base: California, USA
Criminal activities: Assault, drugs (transportation and distribution), extortion, intimidation, money laundering, murder and robbery.

The Mongols Bikers Club created in 1970 and encouraged in the huge Mongol kingdom of Genghis Khan. It is thought to have about 70 groups globally, though most of its 500-600 or so are Latino and from Native American affiliates can be located in California, and more of them are former affiliates of the Los Angeles-area street squad. The most dangerous and violent biker gang that are presently working in the US are associated with the Outlaws and Sons of Silence, the Bandidos, and the Mongols.

Home base: Fontana, California, USA

Criminal activities: Assault, drugs (production, transportation and distribution), extortion, money laundering, murder, and theft of motorcycles.

Usually the most dishonored biker gang on earth, the Hells Angels works in as numerous as 27 nations and pose a criminal danger on 6 continents. Full-patch affiliates, and only to white males who are not into molestation, is expected to be under 4,000 affiliates, although they are carried by several female clubs like the Devil Dolls and the huge numbers of puppet clubs just like the Original Kings.






10 Notorious Motorcycle Gangs

The Pagan’s, founded in Maryland in 1959, is one of the Big Four outlaw motorcycle clubs. The Pagan’s is much smaller than the other Big Four clubs, with only about 200 to 250 members spread over 41 chapters [source: U.S. Office of the Attorney General]. Their turf is mainly centered on the Mid-Atlantic region in the United States, especially Pennsylvania. While they may not be as big as rival gangs, the Pagan’s are considered extremely dangerous by both the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Among other reasons, the gang has close ties to other organized crime enterprises, including the Italian mafia and the Aryan Brotherhood, a powerful prison gang that has declared war on non-white races [source: Barker].

On top of dealing drugs like meth, cocaine and PCP, Pagan members have been tied to arsons, assaults, bombings and murders. They have also been known to illegally purchase and stockpile machine guns. Just to be initiated into the group, members first need to steal motorcycles to prove they’re worthy [source: Peirce]. In the early 2000s, Pagan’s chapter leader Pete Overly was convicted of assault for attacking a couple in which he shocked them both with a taser, broke the woman’s foot with his steel-toed boot and bludgeoned the man with a steel baton — all over an argument about bike parts [source: Peirce].





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Why the Pacific Northwest is the Most Beautiful Part of North America

The PNW includes half of the states and provinces in North America with Pacific Ocean coastline. With beaches galore, it is one of the prime areas in the world for whale-watching, especially for orcas. America the Beautiful ends on the poignant note of “from sea to shining sea.”

Coast

The PNW includes half of the states and provinces in North America with Pacific Ocean coastline. With beaches galore, it is one of the prime areas in the world for whale-watching, especially for orcas. America the Beautiful ends on the poignant note of “from sea to shining sea.” Well, the PNW has one of those.

Desert

With the ocean on the west, deserts are found on the eastern portions of Washington and Oregon. Though some may imagine deserts as dead wastelands, and thus not beautiful, think more Georgia O’Keefe: stark landscapes, stunning in their simplicity, with bold colors that are hard to turn away from. Then throw in a few scattered waterfalls, brilliant in contrast with their surroundings, and you’ll have a more accurate image.

Rainforest

The PNW’s Hoh Rainforest is one of the few temperate rainforests not only in North America, but in the world. A green canopy of lush humidity, covered in a blanket of moss and ferns, the Hoh Rainforest is largely untouched by man and can even offer sights of wildlife on less crowded days. Not that a rainforest isn’t beautiful on its own, but it sure doesn’t hurt that it’s nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Mountain range.

Cities

Even with ocean, desert, and protected rainforest, the PNW still hosts metropolitan areas like Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, B.C. Though there are many ways in which Mother Nature cannot be matched, especially in the PNW, there’s something to be said for the creations of man: buildings all climbing upwards, cutting the city’s skyline into the landscape. Again, back to the intensity-not only do we have cities, but we have the birthplace of cultural powerhouses such as grunge, Microsoft, and Starbucks-to name a very, very few.

National and state recognition

The states of Washington and Oregon alone have 17 national forests, two national volcanic monuments, a national scenic area, and national grassland-not to mention the collection of state parks and national park reserves, or the protected natural areas in British Columbia. The effect of these are three-fold: for one, each of these areas is another part of what makes the PNW so beautiful; secondly, the level of recognition of these designations proves an objective amount of awesomeness beyond the locals’ biases; and third, the protection that comes with these titles ensures that the region stays stunning in the future.

Islands

The islands in the Pacific Northwest are difficult to estimate, but include at least 100 separate islands, including the San Juan Islands and Vancouver Island. Islands-with their limited development and transportation-tend to be nature-focused. Plus, the philosophy of island-time and island-life is beautiful in and of itself.

Non-ocean water

From two of United States’ five tallest waterfalls to its second largest by volume, waterways in the PNW definitely make a splash. Features like the Columbia River and its accompanying gorge, as well as Snoqualmie Falls continue to capture the hearts of onlookers with their beauty, their power, and their elegance.

Mountains

Though it may be unknown why humans find mountains so stunning, it doesn’t change the facts that they do and that the Pacific Northwest has a lot of them. Including the Coast Mountains, Cascade Mountains, Olympic Mountains, and Columbia Mountains, the area also boasts one of the highest peaks in the continental U.S.: Mt. Rainier. Pretty much anywhere you go in the PNW, jagged, towering mountains will be part of your view.

Designed by humans

Not only does the PNW offer so much on its own, but it has inspired humans in the area to do the same. Botanical gardens and arboretums abound in the region, including the “oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the U.S.”. People have also designed scenic byways in the region, showing off phenomena like the largest hydroelectrical facility in the U.S., the deepest canyon in North America, and the deepest lake in the U.S.

Weather

The weather in the Pacific Northwest affects the area’s beauty in a couple ways. First, it obviously contributes to the gorgeous environments. Second, the temperate nature of it allows for people to go out and enjoy everything on this list. How does this help? Well, if a region is beautiful, but no one is there to notice, is it really all that pretty?

John Day Fossil Beds

The John Day Fossil Beds-almost 22 square miles of fossil beds in Oregon-are just one example of the rich history in the PNW. From pioneers to fossils, the PNW values its heritage, going to great lengths to preserve and share it. The region’s respect for its past not only makes it more interesting and culturally beautiful, but translates to its respect for the future.

West Coast = Left Coast = Best Coast

The PNW is known for its liberal (and/or hippie) viewpoints, especially in regard to environmental sustainability. More than most places in North America, the PNW as a whole is conscious of humans’ interaction with the planet. Here, going green is in style. All of the green practices in the area continue to protect the surrounding nature, keeping it as beautiful as can be.

PNW pride

Citizens of the PNW are proud of where they live. Their enthusiasm for the region is visible in how they treat it, play with it, and share it with others. The excitement of the PNW people is infectious, creating a bond and sense of belonging for its visitors and for those who call it home. The beauty of the PNW is visual, but also cultural, historical, and social. Leave it if you’d like. Everyone will be happy to see you when you inevitably come back.