Pacific Northwest Roadtrips

As I'm lucky enough to call the beautiful Pacific Northwest my home, I love telling people about all the things to see and do in this vast area. But if you're planning a Pacific Northwest road trip, I do have a few recommendations, so let's take a look!


The Okanagan Valley
With 172 licensed wineries along its' 250-km valley, the Okanagan is BC's top grape growing region. But besides an abundance of tasting opportunities, the Okanagan offers an array of lakes, starting with the warm waters at Osoyoos and up to Okanagan Lake in Kelowna, that are perfect for enjoying water sports like boating, swimming and more. Plus, there are tons of family hotels and campgrounds to choose from. The Okanagan is also home to the popular Kettle Valley Rail Trail, which is perfect for hiking and mountain biking.

Tofino & Vancouver Island
If you're looking to have the quintessential Pacific Northwest rainforest experience, look no further than Vancouver Island. Here you can visit picturesque Tofino, a small oceanfront town with a population of under 2,000 people. You can also go whale watching or catch the waves here, or at nearby Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The area is also prized for its' fantastic storm watching opportunities in the winter season from November to February. If you travel east across Vancouver Island through Port Alberni, you'll arrive at the tiny town of Coombs in about 2.5 hours. Why Coombs? Because their famous Old Country Market has a family of goats living on its' roof. Yes, goats. And if you have any questions, you can always email a goat before you go. Yes, you can email the goats, too.

Harrison Hot Springs
Enjoy the quintessential summer experience at Harrison Hot Springs. Just 90 minutes east of Vancouver, Harrison Hot Springs is the perfect destination for the whole family to enjoy. You can go swimming and canoeing, while the kids enjoy the floating water park. If you'd like to see some local wildlife, take a tour along Harrison River. 


Squamish: Hardwired for Adventure
An hour north of Vancouver along the picturesque Sea-to-Sky Highway will bring you to Squamish, one of the adventure capital's of BC. One of the coolest ways to see the landscape is by taking a ride on the Sea-to-Sky Gondola, where once you're at the summit you can grab lunch at the lodge or really explore by hitting the hiking trails. If you want to try something you've never done, head over to the estuary where you can check out kiteboarding! If you're game, there are several school offering lessons and rentals.

Seattle
Only 3 hours south of Vancouver, Seattle is the American equivalent of Vancouver. Be sure to check out the sights from high atop the iconic Space Needle, visit Pike Place Market and the historic architecture found in the city's first neighborhood, Pioneer Square. The vibrant Chihuly Garden & Glass gallery is well worth a look, as are the Museum of Flight and taking in a Mariner's game at Safeco Field.

Be sure to check: Riding the Storm Out at Wickaninnish Inn and 5 Celebrity Owned Hotels, which includes the Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet, BC, owned by Jason Priestly of 90210 fame.

       

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