Neah Bay. Photo © Tim Gohrke/123rf.

One-Week Itinerary: Best of the Olympic Peninsula

One of the best parts about the Olympic Peninsula is that you don’t need to stray far from its main thoroughfare, Highway 101, to experience a good number of area highlights. Highway 101 travels around the perimeter of the peninsula and Olympic National Park, making it possible to see the best the area has to offer in a limited amount of time.

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.

The Astoria Waterfront. Photo © W.C. McRae.

Foraging Oregon’s Coast

Fishing, crabbing, clamming, and mussel-gathering isn’t just fun—it will fill your dinner plate, too. There’s plenty for foragers to eat along the Oregon coast, if you know where to look for it. Here are the best places for each, along with the best times of year to guarantee a full belly.

Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor. Photo © Strekoza2/Dreamstime.

Top 10 Photo Ops on the Oregon Coast

The Oregon coast is so photogenic that both professional and amateur photographers vie for the best shots, which, given coastal conditions, can be challenging. While there are stunning vistas around nearly every corner, here are some can’t-miss photo opportunities and tips for making the most of cloudy or foggy days.

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.

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Moon Coastal Oregon

Outdoor enthusiasts W. C. McRae and Judy Jewell share their extensive knowledge of coastal Oregon, from the best places to grab a seaside snack to the most scenic hikes along the Coastal Trail. McRae and Jewell also outline a variety of suggested travel strategies, including Riding the Pacific Waves, Foraging the Coast, and Coastal Road […]

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Moon Oregon

Outdoors enthusiasts and Portland residents Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae offer unique insight into Oregon’s many offerings, from its lush forests and deep river canyons to its award-winning wines and friendly cities. Jewell and McRae include unique trip strategies that connect with travelers’ specific interests, such Best Bike Rides, The Wine Route, and As […]

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Moon Washington

Travel writer and Seattle resident Matthew Lombardi provides an insider’s view of the Evergreen State, from Seattle’s arts, culture, and snow-capped peaks to the fire and ice of the state’s most venerable volcanoes. Lombardi offers itineraries such as Volunteer Vacations, Quintessential Washington Eats, and Great Drives in Washington. Complete with details on climbing Mt. Rainier, […]

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Moon Portland

Longtime resident Oregonian Hollyanna McCollom covers the best of the Portland area—including the Cultural District, the Alphabet District, and Alberta Street. McCollom provides a variety of travel strategies, such as The Best of Portland, Pint-sized P-Town, and Rainy Day Portland. McCollom covers the most popular sights: Ankeny Square, Skidmore Fountain, Union Station, and the Alberta […]