Updated: Jul 28
My boyfriend and I were asked similar questions during and after our
Summer of 2019, EPIC, PNW Road-trip:
Where'd you go?
What were your top favorite spots?
How can I recreate your trip?
I hope this blogpost is not only:
--->Enjoyable for you to read
--->A great jumping off point so you too, can design your own PNW adventure!
I've split this post into THREE key PARTS.
Scroll and peruse the topics that interest you most.
Part 1: Quick Itinerary (yes, we really did drive THAT MUCH)
Part 2: Our TOP TOP TOP TOP MUST VISIT SPOTS
Part 3: Key Road-trip Takeaways
QUICK ITINERARY BREAKDOWN
I picked Joe (boyfriend) up at 7:00am when he got off his 48 hour shift.
Car packed and ready to go.
Snacks and lunch in the cooler.
Only stopped for gas.
Driving on i5 wasn't an option. Joe finds the i5 stretch incredibly booooooring.
Don't blame him. He much prefers the scenic coastal route.
We stayed the first night with my Aunt in Lincoln City.
DAY 2 LINCOLN CITY,OR ----> SEATTLE, WA (2 nights)
We split the leg of this trip into a few stops:
(Tip: Go in the morning before the crowds!)
If you like cheese and ice cream this is dairy mecca!
Incredible Coastal Views along the way.
(Tip: Climb the Astoria Column!!!!)
Incredible panoramic views overlooking the Columbia River.
We made it to WASHINGTON!!!
DAY 4 SEATTLE, WA ----> VANCOUVER, BC (1 night)
Joe and I both agree that crossing the border from the US into Canada is fascinating.
The process felt like a tourist destination in and of itself.
Our first stop over the border was Tim Horton's! Felt like a right of Canada passage.
DAY 5 VANCOUVER, BC----> Our FIRST ferry to VICTORIA, BC (2 nights)
We thought taking the ferry to Nanaimo and then driving through Vancouver Island
would be stunning.
The drive was not that pretty and took much too long.
Next time we'd take the Ferry STRAIGHT to Victoria.
DAY 7 SYDNEY,BC----> Ferry Ride to SAN JUAN ISLAND, WA (2 Nights)
The little town of Sidney, BC is cute I'm glad we booked the ferry from there.
Lord have MERCY!!!!
This next leg of the journey just about did us in.
As we were waiting to drive on to the ferry, we realized that...
our Bed & Breakfast booking fell through.
San Juan island is a small island!!!!
When hotels are booked-up, they are BOOKED SOLID.
By the grace of God, there was 1 Air B&B studio left on the entire island.
A sketchy option, but doable.
We received the reservation confirmation email as we drove onto the ferry!
Not going to lie. I was devastated.
The entire trip I looked forward to staying at my first Bed & Breakfast.
Oh, well. Next time.
ALWAYS check your Travelocity emails to make sure you have CONFIRMATION.
DAY 9 SAN JUAN ISLAND,WA ----> PORTLAND, OR
Tail end of our trip.
Last stop before we made the long journey home to Sonoma County.
Day 10 HOME!!!!
Our TOP TOP TOP TOP MUST VISIT SPOTS
Obviously, Pike Place Market
The cutest little ally near Pike Place Market.
Several shops and restaurants.
We ate at the very popular, The Pink Door.
(don't be like us....make reservations in advance and request to sit by the window)
If you want a Washington wine experience, then visit The Tasting Room.
Located across from The Pink Door restaurant.
In fact!!!! Stop by here first before you head to dinner.
We ordered the freshly caught smoked salmon. Divine!
My boyfriend's entire face lights up when he talks about this bar.
We spent at least 3 hours here.
America's LARGEST spirit collection.
4,000 labels and counting.
2014 voted World's 50 Best Bars!
You can order a cocktail in a...
Smoking Canon? Check
Disco Ball? Check
Smoking Pipe? Check
IV Bags? Check