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.

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Moon Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

This full-color guidebook includes easy-to-use maps to keep you oriented on and off the highway. Hit the road! California, Oregon, and Washington: explore the top destinations along the West Coast with this book as your guide. Our detailed driving routes give you all you need, including mileage from place to place, driving times, and advice […]

If driving along Pacific cliffs appeals to you, hop on Pacific Coast Highway 1 when you hit San Luis Obispo.

Road Trip Itinerary: San Diego to San Francisco in Two Days

You could drive from San Diego to San Francisco in several hours of featureless traffic, or you could take your time exploring the scenic route. Our two-day itinerary gives you time to lounge on the beach, enjoy the natural splendor of the central coast, and leaves plenty of time for cosmopolitan fun.

Road Trip USA

Now in its seventh edition, Jamie Jensen’s best-selling Road Trip USA is better than ever. Inside, you’ll find cross-country routes and road-tested advice for adventurers who want to see the parts of America that the interstates have left behind. Jensen also includes mile-by-mile highlights celebrating major cities, obscure towns, popular attractions, roadside curiosities (if you’re […]