Public nominations are open to select attractions to be highlighted in a new National Geographic map of the Central Cascades.

If you love the Pacific Northwest and have travel tips for the rest of the world, you can offer ideas for a new National Geographic Society map that will highlight the “geotourism” attractions of the Central Cascades mountain range, from Mount Rainier to Crater Lake.

National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations has joined tourism promoters in Washington and Oregon to invite public nominations, beginning this week and continuing through March 29.

Plans are to publish the Central Cascades geotourism map in September, with distribution possibly through National Geographic magazine or National Geographic Traveler, as well as through the regional tourism agencies. An interactive Web site paralleling and expanding the printed guide is also being developed.

James Dion, who is coordinating the project for National Geographic, defines geotourism as tourism that “enhances the geographical character of its place — its environment, heritage, aesthetics, culture and the well-being of its residents.”

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Previous geotourism maps from National Geographic have highlighted places such as the Sonoran Desert, Baja California, Rhode Island, Vermont and Appalachia.

To nominate a landmark, attraction, activity, event or local business in the Central Cascades, go to