Travel Itinerary: Weekend in Portland

A weekend in Portland is an excellent way to experience a city that is as bustling as it is relaxing. Here’s a two-day travel itinerary packed with the best of the city, from the arts and green spaces to culinary delights and award-winning microbrews.

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.

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!

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.

Craggy rocks rise up along a smooth sandy beach as waves wash up on shore.

The Best California Beaches

From wide, golden beaches with abundant sunshine to boardwalks crowded with kids, cotton candy, and roller coasters, California has any kind of beach you could possibly want. Author Stuart Thornton shares a helpful overview of some of the state’s best options for sun, sand, and surf.

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Moon Route 66 Road Trip

Hit the road! Moon Route 66 Road Trip includes unbeatable information for casual road trippers and well-worn motorists alike, with up-to-date information on attractions and tips for travelers, and fascinating tales from the rich history of “America’s Highway.” Detailed driving routes give you all you need, including mileage from place to place, driving times, and […]