Pacific Coast Highway: Oregon - Washington

Trails, natural wonders, beaches & charming seaside villages await.

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Created by ledesma - August 8th 2021

Should you choose to road trip the Pacific Coast along Oregon and Washington, prepare to encounter historic seaside resorts, traditional fishing villages, and more natural wonders than you can handle. The Pacific Coast is a world unto itself. This was the end of Lewis and Clark's westward journey and even today holds some secrets for travelers that are just waiting to be discovered. You'll drive down windy roads, along seaside cliffs, past hidden beach coves, through lush valleys with waterfalls, and into towering, old-growth forests.

21625 Butteville Road Northeast, Aurora, OR, United States

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91mi 01h 56m
Ape Caves
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hwy 503, Cougar, WA, US

Ape Caves

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110mi 03h 05m
Mount Rainier National Park
5.0

39000 E State Route 706, Ashford, WA, US

Mount Rainier National Park

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17mi 00h 30m
Crystal Mountain Scenic Gondola Ride
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33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd., Enumclaw, WA, US

Crystal Mountain Scenic Gondola Ride

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83mi 02h 31m
Bicycle Swallowed by a Tree
4.0

20312 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA, US

Bicycle Swallowed by a Tree

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Before finishing up your Pacific Coast road trip in Seattle, make a detour to Vashon, and see the Bicycle Swallowed by a Tree. This is the kind of thing that you have to see to believe... but it's totally real. There are tons of stories as to how this little red bike wound up in the tree, but either way, stop and take some pictures.

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97mi 02h 24m

Chuckanut Drive, Bellingham, WA, US

Chuckanut Drive

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25mi 00h 37m
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26mi 00h 44m
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52mi 01h 50m
Olympic Game Farm
4.0

1423 Ward Rd, Sequim, WA, US

Olympic Game Farm

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18mi 00h 33m
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23mi 00h 53m
Olympic National Park
4.3

600 E Park Ave, Port Angeles, WA, US

Olympic National Park

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42mi 01h 14m
Lake Crescent
5.0

WA, US

Lake Crescent

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66mi 01h 33m
Cape Flattery
4.9

Cape Loop Rd, Neah Bay, WA, US

Cape Flattery

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11mi 00h 27m
Shi Shi Beach
4.5

Shi Shi Beach Rd, Clallam Bay, WA, US

Shi Shi Beach

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88mi 02h 26m
Hall of Mosses Trail
4.3

Upper Hoh Road, Forks, WA, US

Hall of Mosses Trail

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8mi 00h 17m
Hoh Rainforest
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18113 Upper Hoh Rd., Forks, WA, US

Hoh Rainforest

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23mi 00h 34m
Ruby Beach
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Olympic National Park, Forks, WA, US

Ruby Beach

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41mi 00h 52m
World's Largest Spruce Tree
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516 S Shore Rd, Quinault, WA, US

World's Largest Spruce Tree

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3mi 00h 09m
Merriman Falls
4.5

South Shore Drive 6.4 miles from its junction with Hwy 101, Quinault, WA, US

Merriman Falls

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69mi 01h 38m
Westport Maritime Museum & Grays Harbor Lighthouse
4.5

1020 W Ocean Ave, Westport, WA, US

Westport Maritime Museum & Grays Harbor Lighthouse

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Next, head to the Westport Maritime Museum and Grays Harbor Lighthouse. This local museum, in a historic Coast Guard building, is definitely worth a visit. There are exhibits on knot-tying, marine life, the science and history of the coast, beachcombing (super helpful for your next stroll along the shore) and, of course, the lighthouse itself.

Best time to visit: Since summer is the high tourist season, September, after Labor Day, is ideal. The weather is still beautiful from September through October and you can avoid the crowds, since most people are back to work and kids are back in school. However, since the crowds are slightly diminished during fall, lots of older RVers choose fall weekends for road trips along this route. Springtime is a bit unreliable in regards to the weather, and can be quite rainy-- this part of the country is known for its grey skies. If you visit between November and June you might get a glimpse of the gray whales on their annual migration.