On a journey through Washington State you’ll discover the lush, green scenery of Olympic Peninsula, and the majestic snow-capped Cascade Mountains. Travel along its rugged coast and dip into tiny seaside communities perched on endless wild and stunning beaches. Head out to sea and enjoy the serenity of the San Juan Islands and some of the best whale-watching in the USA. Head inland and explore Washington State’s wine country back roads, rural farms and rolling vineyards. There’s no better way to end your trip than a few nights in cosmopolitan Seattle, with its vibrant café society, colourful markets, world class museums and a cornucopia of culinary delights.
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Seattle has one of the most scenic settings in America, curved around the shore of Elliott Bay, with lake Washington behind and the snowy peak of Mount Rainier hovering faintly in the distance. With glass skyscrapers gleaming across the bay the city combines its superb natural surrounding with a modern skyline. Its current location, though, is the second in its history. In 1850 Seattle was relocated from the peninsula of Alki Point after it was flooded out.
Distance: 153 miles
The area of Lake Quinault has been a popular destination since the 1900s when Teddy Roosevelt proclaimed it as part of the Olympic National Park. However, the glacier-carved lake is not the only outstanding natural landmark in this area. The Quinault Rainforest is possibly the most beautiful of the rainforests within the park. With thick and impressive groves, which fan off from the road, the forest is scattered with various hiking trails. One of the best of these is the half-mile Maple Glade Trail on the north shore of the lake.
Distance: 127 miles
Astoria, a fishing and cannery town founded in 1811, lays claim to be the first permanent American settlement west of the Rockies. In the 1840's the city started to thrive as a customs house town and shipping centre. With the now well-maintained Victorian homes lining the harbour hillside, Astoria is a museum without walls.
Distance: 134 miles
Newport, established in 1882, is a bustling fish town on the Oregon Coast. Its heart is along a working waterfront on Aquinas Bay where you'll find fishing fleets and fresh seafood markets living in tandem with galleries, gift shops, restaurants and family attractions. Two places of interest, which are definitely worth a visit, are the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Hatfield Marine Science Centre.
Distance: 237 miles
Distance: 105 miles
Bordered by mountainous pine forests on the west, located in the high desert of central Oregon Bend has just about every outdoor activity on offer from kayaking and rafting to snow mobiling and skiing. After taking advantage of all the recreational opportunities relax in one of the many restaurants, browse through the unique galleries or learn about the region's setters in the Des Chutes Historical Centre.
Distance: 175 miles
In 1885 Portland was named after Portland, Maine, following a coin toss between its two East Coast founders. Although the city is a less obvious tourist destination it is a pleasant surprise to many of its visitors. With its many quaint bookstores, galleries, parks and restaurants people find there is more to do than imagined. Portland is also the perfect base for exploring the surrounding coastal and mountain areas.
Distance: 178 miles
Mount Rainier contains vast expanses of pristine old-growth forests, sub alpine flower meadows and spectacular alpine scenery. The glacier clad Mountain is the highest peak in the Cascades and is also said to be one of the most awesome mountains in the world.
Distance: 322 miles
Distance: 199 miles
Why not extend your holiday and cross the border into Canada for a visit to Vancover? Or perhaps head to one of the Hawaiian Islands for some relaxation before heading home?
Call the travel specialist at Bon Voyage to discuss your ideal Washington and Oregon fly-drive.