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.

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.

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 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, […]

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.