Portland, Oregon and Mount Hood.

PNW Road Trip: Driving to Portland

Portland offers a wealth of nature, and downtown—small blocks make the streets highly walkable—is crowded with food carts, independent boutiques, and live music venues. Make it an easy road trip destination with traffic tips and directions from Pacific Northwest resident Allison Williams.

At the tip of the Olympic Peninsula sits Cape Flattery, the very corner of the country and the most northwestern point of the contiguous United States.

PNW Road Trip: Driving to the Olympic Peninsula

You can’t drive across the Olympic Peninsula—a mountain range is in the way. Here your road trip route circles instead, caught between the shoreline and the slopes. Take your time on the peninsula’s large loop, and don’t forget to stop for the hot springs, the majestic old hotels, and—if you see him—Bigfoot.

A sea stack on the beach at Port Orford, Oregon.

Driving to the Oregon Coast

Every town has a slightly different feel along 101, but there are constants along the entire northern half of the Oregon Coast—you’ll find saltwater taffy and clam chowder almost everywhere, and wildlife pops up in tide pools and along sandstone cliffs the whole way.

The Fremont is an arch framed bridge crossing the Willamette.

PNW Road Trip: Driving from Portland to Seattle

Seattle is 175 miles north of Portland along I-5, about 2.75 hours without traffic. Being a fairly easy drive, it lends itself well to including both cities on a road trip, and there are plenty of landmarks to keep an eye out for as you travel.

Moon West Coast RV Camping

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Moss-covered rocks on the shores of Olympic National Park in Washington.

Road Trip the Pacific Northwest: Where to Go

The Pacific Northwest is a wealth of rugged natural beauty and wonderfully unique cities. You could spend days upon days in any of these cities experiencing a range of strong urban cultures and delicious regional cuisines, and days more exploring their surrounding wildernesses.