Vancouver’s downtown is almost an island, bordered on three sides by False Creek, English Bay, and Vancouver Harbour, which encourages the buildings there to grow tall.

Driving to Vancouver, BC

Culturally rich with native history and international industry, and now with a growing culinary scene, Vancouver is poised to become the business, pleasure, and tourism jewel of Canada.

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.

A barn in a field of pink tulips in Skagit Valley Washington.

PNW Road Trip: Driving from Vancouver to Seattle

The drive from Vancouver to Seattle is 141 miles and takes about 2.5 hours, though border delays can vary. This route takes you from the heart of downtown Vancouver to Seattle with a scenic detour to the towns of Bow and Edison. Each tiny town boasts bakeries, cheesemongers, and cafés.

Wildflowers grow beside a lake reflecting Mount Rainier.

PNW Road Trip: Driving from Mount Rainier to Seattle

The trip from Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle is only 85 to 95 miles from both the Nisqually and White River park entrances but takes close to two hours to complete thanks to some twisty terrain. Neither route is very straightforward, so keep these directions handy.

The remote Olympic Peninsula features thick rain forest, a wild coast, and gritty towns. Photo © welcomia/123rf.

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.

A lifeguard station on the beach next to the Santa Monica Pier.

Best of the West 14-Day Road Trip: SF, Yosemite, Vegas, LA…

By driving in a rough loop, you can hit all the top destinations of the West—San Francisco, Yosemite, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and LA—in two weeks. This day-by-day route begins in San Francisco, but you can just as easily start in Los Angeles or Las Vegas if that works better for you.