A two-lane road along Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

Scenic Highway 101 in Washington State

On Scenic Highway 101 along the state of Washington pacific coast, you can explore massive old-growth forests, rich river valleys, and an abundant coastline. Here are tips on planning your trip, including general directions, packing the car, the best places to overnight, and road safety.

View from the water of Seattle's busy waterfront.

PCH Road Trip: Washington in 4 Days

This four-day itinerary starts in Seattle for two days of sightseeing. Then it’s off to the harbor town of Port Angeles for a day before heading southwest through wooded lowlands and beaches to Lake Quinault for more hiking and a relaxing evening.

Notom-Bullfrog Road. Photo © Judy Jewell.

Road Trip Utah’s National Parks in a Week

Despite their proximity, visiting all of Utah’s national parks is a bit complicated because of the rugged terrain and lack of roads. You must plan on a lot of driving. So get in a road-trip frame of mind, cue up some good music, and head out.

Warning signs are posted in areas where wildlife are likely to block the road. Photo © Harris Shiffman/123rf.

Driving Tips for a PCH Road Trip

Before you gas up the car and go, make sure you’re prepared for the challenges of the Pacific Coast Highway! The highway has many sharp curves, steep ledges, and high cliffs without guardrails; long, isolated stretches of blacktop; low visibility at night; wildlife encounters; and the chance for inclement weather any time of year. Slow down, stay safe, and enjoy the scenery!

Gullfoss Falls. Photo © Jenna Gottlieb.

Ring Road Trip: The Best of Iceland

The most accessible route around the country is the Ring Road, encircling the island and connecting many of the most popular attractions. On this best of Iceland road trip, you’ll be driving clockwise from Keflavík International Airport. To avoid road closures from snow, this trip is best done in the summer!

The Pacific Coast Highway. Photo © Dreamstime.

Planning a PCH Road Trip

The Pacific Coast Highway is an epic journey, offering up 1,700 astounding miles to those with playful hearts and the passion for adventure. Expert author and Pacific Northwest resident Victoriah Arsenian offers advice on the best times of year to hit the road, tips on both high- and low-season conditions, and highlights of each region from the Washington Coast to sunny Southern California.

Driving along the PCH. Photo © Bryan Wells/Dreamstime.

Discover the Pacific Coast Highway

The Pacific Coast Highway is an epic journey, offering up 1,700 astounding miles to those with playful hearts and the passion for adventure. From Washington’s rough-and-tumble logging and fishing communities to Oregon’s otherworldly shoreline to the giant redwoods and summer beachfronts of California, the PCH is calling. Expert author Victoriah Arsenian presents a route overview and helpful driving tips.

Mount Shasta. Photo © Chrisboswell/Dreamstime.

Classic Northern California Road Trips: Mounts Shasta and Lassen

These northern peaks and parklands are some of the state’s most spectacular and least visited. Mount Shasta is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts year-round. You can hike or climb to the summit in the summer and ski down its slopes in winter. Shasta Lake, by contrast, is best in summer, when boating, fishing, and waterskiing can fully be enjoyed. Because of its high elevation and rocky terrain, Mount Lassen’s roads are closed late fall-spring, making it a mid- to late-summer destination.