Traditionally, road trip itineraries for the Pacific North West are limited to the states of Washington and Oregon; with the option to drive north if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. However, what if you were to go further afield – turning your back on BC’s snow capped mountains in favour of North California’s warmer climes? What if you were to drive from Seattle to San Francisco – a Pacific Northwest road trip with a difference?
I decided to take this very same journey, beginning my time in wind-chilled Seattle, before arriving in the gold-tipped city of San Francisco. An adventure spanning over 1,000 miles and three states, this Pacific Northwest road trip featured radically changing landscapes, rising temperatures and some of America’s most beautiful cities.
Although perhaps a little different to traditional PNW routes, the itinerary that I eventually settled upon – and the one you’ll find below – brought together two wholly different experiences; blending formidable mountain ranges with majestic forests, and the valleys of Oregon’s coastline with the climbing hills of San Francisco.
Including Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market, Portland’s of-the-moment food trucks; Oregon’s pretty seaside resorts; California’s Redwood forests and San Francisco’s most famous resident – Alcatraz – it was a road trip that was diverse, surprising and unforgettable.
I hope the itinerary below sees you also driving Seattle to San Francisco, leading you down a coastline that, in my opinion, might just be the most beautiful in the world.