If I could settle forever in just one part of the U.S., it would be the Pacific Northwest. I love the grey, drizzly winters, and the brilliantly verdant summers. That’s why, after leaving my favorite place on earth (London), I moved to Seattle for four years. There, I explored far and wide and met Mr. V – my lifelong travel partner!
There are lots of reasons to visit the Pacific Northwest or travel within the states that make up the PNW: Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. You might be taking an Alaska Cruise that starts or ends in Seattle. You might be on a Pacific Coast Highway road trip and go from the start in Olympia to the end in San Diego. You might want to sample Portland’s donuts and craft beer scene – or escape the crowds in Idaho. Whatever the reason, I feel you, and I want to help you get there.
Read on for the Pacific Northwest travel tips and guides I’ve put together over the years.
- Seattle Bucket List: 25 Essential Experiences in the Emerald City
- One Day in Seattle: How to Spend a Day in the Emerald City
- 3 Days in Seattle: Itinerary for a “Local’s” Weekend in Seattle
- 10 Essentials You Need to Pack for Seattle in Any Season
- The 10 Best Areas to Stay in Seattle (& Where Not To!)
- The 12 Best Seattle Houseboats on Airbnb & VRBO
- 25 Wonderful Weekend Getaways from Seattle, Washington
- 23 Coastal Towns in Washington on the Pacific & Salish Sea
- The 14 Best Things to Do in Anacortes for a Weekend Trip
- The 13 Best Things to Do in Gig Harbor for a Weekend Trip
- How to Plan a Leavenworth Bachelorette Party Adventure
- The 9 Best Things to Do in Long Beach, WA for a Weekend Trip
- The Perfect 2- or 3-Day San Juan Islands Itinerary
- 11 Great Things to Do on San Juan Island, Washington
- How to Attend the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in 2022
- How to Visit Stehekin, Washington State’s “Little Alaska”
PNW Road Trips
- 9 Epic Seattle Road Trips to Plan Right Now
- 9 Epic Portland Road Trips to Plan Right Now
- How to Plan an Epic Eastern Cascades Road Trip from Seattle
- An Olympic Peninsula Road Trip: 2 Itineraries, 11 Must-See Stops
- The Perfect Washington Coast Road Trip: 23 Stops to Plan
- 23 Epic Stops for Your West Coast National Parks Road Trip
- The Ultimate Pacific Coast Road Trip Itinerary (CA & the PNW)
- The 17 Best Stops on the Pacific Coast Highway
- The 17 Best Hotels Along the Pacific Coast Highway
Western Canada Articles
Want to Keep Exploring?
Here are my recent posts from across the globe!
- How to Choose the Best Alaska Cruise Excursions in 2024
- The Complete Pacific Coast Highway Guide:
3 Itineraries & 27 Stops to Make
- Where to Eat in Wrangell, Alaska: 9 Big Flavors for a Small Town
- The 17 Best Kenai Fjords National Park Cruises from Seward (2024)
- Duck Fart Shot Recipe: Alaska’s Original & Only Drink
- Where to Stay in Whittier, Alaska: A Guide to All Your Options