Laura O Foster


Laura O. Foster

Author, Pacific Northwest guidebooks

New books in 2016

Columbia Gorge Getaways and Walking with Ramona


Portland, one of the nation’s most walkable cities, is a pedestrian’s feast. A day’s walk can take you:

Laura O. Foster

I’ve written seven guidebooks about Portland and surrounding towns, and about the towns and trails of the nearby Columbia River Gorge, one of the nation’s few National Scenic Areas.

My books are for curious explorers—people who want to go beyond the usual tourist scene. They help you discover a city or region’s backstories: the geology, horticultural heritage, architecture and vestiges of times past.

My newer books also tell you where to go to eat, drink, play and stay, so you can find the local gems that give each place its own authentic vibe.