PACIFIC COAST USA TRAVEL GUIDE

Pacific Coast USA is usual on the must see list of places to visit in the USA.

Pacific Coast USA includes the states of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington State.

Idaho is frequently included in the Pacific Northwest, so you will see some road trip ideas including Idaho in this section. Otherwise, you will find Idaho in our West USA (mountains) category.

Scroll below to find some of our highlights and favorite experiences in the Pacific Coast USA including stunning islands and beaches, hidden secrets, spectacular national parks, lush, evergreen forests, waterfalls, vibrant cities, and fun road trip ideas.

PACIFIC COAST USA ROAD TRIP IDEAS

Pacific Northwest road trip

7 Great Pacific Northwest Road Trip Ideas (For Fall 2020 or anytime)

For spectacular scenery of rugged coastlines, jagged mountain ranges, lush rainforests, crystal clear luminous lakes and rivers, and vast stretches of volcanic wilderness, it’s hard […]

6 best places to visit in Washington State

6 Best Places to Visit in Washington State on a Road Trip

I didn’t have any kind of expectations or hope for our Washington State road trip, which was a good thing, because it ended up being […]

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Highlights of Columbia River Gorge (Multnomah Falls + Hood River Road Trip)

If you love waterfalls, hiking, wineries, fruit picking and scenic drives the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon is where you want to visit. Columbia River […]

Lost Coast scenic drive

Lost Coast California Road Trip: From Black Sand Beaches to Giant Redwood Trees

The first I heard of the Lost Coast in Northern California was two days before we arrived when our friends told us how this area […]

Don't miss Cannon Beach Oregon on your Oregon road trip

13 Adventures on Your Oregon Road Trip Not To Miss!

Looking for Oregon road trip ideas? We spent 5 weeks exploring Oregon for the first time and had some incredible adventures. Raw. Weird. Wonderful. These […]

Ocean Beach, San Diego, California

10 Day Itinerary – Places to Visit in Southern California (beyond Disneyland)

Looking for tips on the best places to visit in Southern California? Are you ready for a Southern California vacation on a West Coast road […]

Planning a trip to Hawaii? Here are 20 of the best things to do in Oahu including activities in Waikiki, Honolulu, and tips for driving to the North Shore.

20 Best Things to Do in Oahu Hawaii for an Awesome Vacation

Planning a trip to the USA? To kick off our big trip to America we spent two weeks in Hawaii on our way to do […]

Upper Waikani Falls - one of the bet top along the Road to Hana drive in Maui, Hawaii

Ultimate Guide to Driving The Road to Hana, Maui

Jack Johnston strums his guitar and sings of Taylor finding a better world. While I’m not wishing for a better world myself, his breezy laid […]

Akaka Falls - things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii

5 Day Itinerary – Exciting Things to Do on the Big Island of Hawaii

Each island in the Hawaiian islands has their own distinct flavor and reason for visiting. As for things to do on the Big Island of […]

PACIFIC COAST USA BEACHES

Things to do in Orange County with kids

15 Things to do in Orange County with Kids (adult’s love these too!)

The O.C, as it became known due to the popular TV show of the early 2000’s, has quickly become one of our favorite regions in […]

Things to do in San Diego with kids

16 Awesome San Diego Attractions With Kids

Looking for things to do in San Diego with kids? Look no further, we’ve got you covered. We enjoyed a fun three day San Diego […]

Kaanapali Beach out the front of the hotel

Why You Should Visit Kaanapali Beach Maui for a relaxing vacation

Let’s do a weather check for Kaanapali Beach Maui. “90’s, small chance of rain. Will be like this every day for the rest of the […]

The lagoon at Hilton Hawaiian Village - one of the best things to do in Hawaii with kids

11 of the Best things to do in Waikiki with kids (+ eat & stay)

What are the best things to do in Waikiki with kids? Read on. We spent several days in Waikiki during our two week family vacation […]

Thank you so much for this FABULOUS information on Waikiki! My husband booked us a family trip, and I admit I haven’t been thrilled about the idea of a “city beach.”
You have moved me to be totally excited and confident we will have a wonderful vacation. I spent time in Waikiki many years ago, but did not know of several of the excellent activities, or any of the fabulous eateries you present here. I was also somewhat hesitant about my daughter’s time in the ocean, and how it would be to take her surfing without much ocean experience- I am so much more confident now!

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PACIFIC COAST CITIES 

Things to do in Seattle with kids

Cool Kids Guide of Things to Do in Seattle with Kids (adult’s love these too!)

Seattle is cool. Uniquely cool. And there is a great balance of things to do in Seattle with kids AND for us adults too! Starbucks. […]

Best things to do in Portland, Oregon

18 Cool Things To Do In Portland Oregon – 2020 (the non-boring guide)

The trend in travel is to experience local. Portland, Oregon therefore is on fleek. When you visit Portland Oregon in the pacific northwest, don’t come […]

Best Things to do in Bend Oregon

20 Don’t Miss Things to do in Bend Oregon (Beer is included)

Looking for tips on what to do in Bend Oregon? We spent 5 days exploring Bend during our Oregon road trip, and down below are […]

20 Hidden Gems in San Francisco the Locals Love

I am guessing you, and other travelers might not have heard of these hidden gems in San Francisco. Or, you may have heard of them […]

Getty Museum Los Angeles

Ultimate Guide on Best Things to Do in Los Angeles, California

You’ve seen the glamor of Los Angeles, California in endless movies, TV shows and music videos. Clear blue skies, beaches, mountains and desert landscape beckon […]

PACIFIC USA NATIONAL PARKS

Lost Coast scenic drive

Lost Coast California Road Trip: From Black Sand Beaches to Giant Redwood Trees

The first I heard of the Lost Coast in Northern California was two days before we arrived when our friends told us how this area […]

North Cascades National Park, Washington State

12 Coolest Things To Do in North Cascades National Park (For 1st Time Visitors)

A visit to North Cascades National Park in the Pacific Northwest will be one shrouded in awe yet also sadness. It’s a land of steep […]

Things to Do in Olympic National Park

The Diverse and Beautiful Olympic National Park, Washington

Planning to visit Olympic National Park in Washington State? Great choice. It’s a must visit on your Pacific Northwest road trip. There are incredible things […]

Death Valley National Park California

9 Incredible Things to Do in Death Valley National Park (for first time visitors)

We didn’t know there was so many incredible things to do in Death Valley National Park until after our two day visit. Now we know […]

18 Amazing Things to Do in Yosemite National Park With Kids (Adult’s Love These Too!)

Planning to visit Yosemite soon? Get excited and keep reading because there are an incredible amount of things to do in Yosemite National Park, a […]

Best things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

8 Things to Do in Joshua Tree NP with Kids

Looking for awesome things to do in Joshua Tree National Park? We spent two days exploring and below are our best tips, plus information on […]

Kayaking in Channel Islands National Park, California

Day Trip to Visit Channel Islands National Park, California (it’s magic!)

These are the adventures I live for. Adventures that test my comfort zone in the middle of extraordinary natural beauty (without the crowds). Kayaking around […]

WEST COAST USA FOOD & WINE

3 Reasons to Visit Russian River, California (tubing + beer + wine)

Three reasons is all you need to visit Russian River California. This place in Sonoma County is all about three things: drinking good wine and […]

Best places to eat in Portland Oregon

Coffee, Beer and Fun Places to Eat in Portland (foodies will love this city)

I think I put on about 3 pounds in Portland in just 4 days. Seriously. Foodies will love this city. All of the Portland neighborhoods […]

Fun things to do in San Francisco with kids

28 Kids Activities in San Francisco (+ Where to Stay & Eat)

Looking for fun things to do in San Francisco with kids? We loved our recent 7 day trip to San Francisco and were pleasantly surprised […]

napa valley california

Things to do in Napa Valley, California

Looking for tips on things to do in Napa Valley, California? We interviewed Jenna Francisco who has lived in Sacramento, which is near Napa Valley, for […]

HIGHLIGHTS, TOURS AND ATTRACTIONS IN PACIFIC USA

Best National Parks in the United States

5 Incredible National Parks in California To Set Foot In

When we were planning our California road trip, visiting the best National Parks in California was at the top of our wish list. In fact, […]

Alcatraz Island

8 Must Do San Francisco Tourist Attractions Not Too Miss!

What are the must do San Francisco tourist attractions to experience on your San Francisco vacation? We spent 7 days exploring the best the city […]

30 Incredible Places to Visit in California For Your Bucket List

Dreaming of visiting California? There are so many beautiful places to visit in California and I think it has more diversity than any other state […]

Things to do in Los Angeles with kids

20 Fun Things to Do in LA with Kids (adult’s love these too)

Planning to visit Los Angeles soon? LA is the second biggest city in the USA and there are endless fun things to do in Los […]

Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California

Ultimate Guide to the Best Time Ever at the Disneyland Halloween Party!

Are you ready for bags full of Halloween candy in the Happiest Place on Earth? Yep. Halloween in Disneyland is a thing!  One of the most […]

Disney California Adventure Park

11 Year Old’s Best Tips for Disney California Adventure Park

I’m back to report on our dream trip to Disneyland! In this post, I Kalyra (aged 11) will be sharing our awesome time at Disney […]

Disneyland, California

A Dream Disneyland Trip (Things to do in Disneyland, Anaheim)

We went to Disneyland for 10-days with my Dad’s side of the family. It was so awesome, and I’m excited to share our dream Disneyland trip […]

Waikiki Beach - one of the best things to do in Hawaii with kids

20 Amazing Places to Visit in Hawaii on a Family Vacation

Looking for beautiful places to visit in Hawaii on a family vacation? We’ve got you covered. Winter has arrived in the US and after returning […]

Hiking in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California

8 Non-Touristy Things to Do in Los Angeles, California

What’s the soul of Los Angeles really like? We show you with these 8 non-touristy things to do in LA!

PACIFIC USA ACCOMMODATION TO LOVE

Tower 23 Hotel 

Where to Stay in San Diego – Best Accommodation For all Budgets!

Not sure where to stay in San Diego? We’ve done the research for you! Down below we have hand picked the best places to stay […]

The best San Francisco hotels.

Where to Stay in San Francisco – 24 Best Hotels for 2020 (Budget to luxury)

If you don’t know where to stay in San Francisco, we are here to help. As you plan your California vacation, keep this post pinned. […]

Tips on where to stay in Los Angeles

28 Hotels in LA for 2019 – Where to Stay in Los Angeles For Your Budget

If you don’t know where to stay in Los Angeles area, we are here to help! As you plan your California vacation, down below are […]

Why Tenaya Lodge Is One Of The Best Places to Stay near Yosemite With Kids (or without kids)

Looking for hotels near Yosemite National Park? What about places to stay near Yosemite with kids? With so many Yosemite National Park accommodation lodging options […]

Disneyland hotel anaheim pool

Stay in the Middle of the Magic at the Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim

The Disneyland Hotel is part of the Disneyland Resort and is only a short walk to the parks. Plus, you get special treats like character greetings at the hotel. click to read more!

Orlando vacation homes are perfect for large groups of family or friends

Rent a Vacation Home Near Disney World, Orlando with friends

What do you do when you’re presented with an opportunity to stay in an 8,000 sq.ft Orlando vacation home with a private pool that sleeps […]

Hyatt Regency-Orange County swimming pool

Hyatt Regency Orange County: Family Friendly Disney Hotel

Want a family friendly Disney Hotel? The Hyatt Regency Orange County may give you what you need: spacious suites, swimming pools, and smores around the campfire. Click to read more

Planning a Disneyland vacation? Check out this list of the best 15 hotels near Disneyland,. 3 and 4 star hotels, plus the Disney hotels.

15 of the Best Hotels Near Disneyland, CA for 2019 (from Budget to Luxury)

Planning your dream trip to the USA and a trip to Disneyland? We are here to help! If you asked our kids what is the […]

FEATURED VIDEO: Yosemite National Park

There is a reason Yosemite National Park is one of the most popular in the USA.

It is extraordinarily beautiful with so many wonderful hikes and adventure activities. If you like rock climbing, it is one of the best places in the world for it.

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ALL PACIFIC COAST USA ARTICLES

Best things to do in Portland, Oregon

18 Cool Things To Do In Portland Oregon – 2020 (the non-boring guide)

By Caroline Makepeace | November 20, 2019

The trend in travel is to experience local. Portland, Oregon therefore is on fleek. When you visit Portland Oregon in the pacific northwest, don’t come looking for endless top tourist attractions and flashing neon lights. […]

Best National Parks in the United States

5 Incredible National Parks in California To Set Foot In

By Craig Makepeace | November 17, 2019

When we were planning our California road trip, visiting the best National Parks in California was at the top of our wish list. In fact, our 11 month road trip across the USA was based […]

Neighborhood Guide: 12 Places to Go in San Francisco (plus where to eat & stay)

By Caroline Makepeace | November 9, 2019

After exploring the Bay Area for 7 days, and two of those days with a local guide, we feel we have a good handle on the best places to go in San Francisco Californa! So […]

Things to Do in Olympic National Park

The Diverse and Beautiful Olympic National Park, Washington

By Caroline Makepeace | November 6, 2019

Planning to visit Olympic National Park in Washington State? Great choice. It’s a must visit on your Pacific Northwest road trip. There are incredible things to do in Olympic National Park and it’s a place […]

Best Things to do in Bend Oregon

20 Don’t Miss Things to do in Bend Oregon (Beer is included)

By Caroline Makepeace | October 30, 2019

Looking for tips on what to do in Bend Oregon? We spent 5 days exploring Bend during our Oregon road trip, and down below are what we believe are the best things to do in […]

Tips on where to stay in Los Angeles

28 Hotels in LA for 2019 – Where to Stay in Los Angeles For Your Budget

By Annie Kearns | October 24, 2019

If you don’t know where to stay in Los Angeles area, we are here to help! As you plan your California vacation, down below are hands-down the best hotels in LA. Choose from hotels in […]

Don't miss Cannon Beach Oregon on your Oregon road trip

13 Adventures on Your Oregon Road Trip Not To Miss!

By Caroline Makepeace | October 22, 2019

Looking for Oregon road trip ideas? We spent 5 weeks exploring Oregon for the first time and had some incredible adventures. Raw. Weird. Wonderful. These are just a few of the terms you’d use to […]

Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

10 Tips for Planning a Trip to Hawaii with Kids

By Craig Makepeace | October 11, 2019

Planning a trip to Hawaii with kids? In this step-by-step Hawaii vacation planning guide, I’m sharing tips on how to plan your dream family trip to Hawaii. Down below you’ll discover what Hawaiian islands are […]

Things to do in Hawaii with kids

27 Fun Things to Do in Hawaii With Kids (+ Where to Stay & Eat)

By Craig Makepeace | September 21, 2019

Planning a Hawaii family vacation and looking for the best things to do in Hawaii with kids? We spent three weeks on a family vacation in Hawaii and down below are our tips on what […]

20 Hidden Gems in San Francisco the Locals Love

By Caroline Makepeace | August 30, 2019

I am guessing you, and other travelers might not have heard of these hidden gems in San Francisco. Or, you may have heard of them but not considered it as part of your San Francisco […]

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