7 Great Pacific Northwest Road Trip Ideas 

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 to beat a Pacific Northwest road trip. Here are seven Pacific Northwest ideas for your Fall Travel road trip itinerary. 

Columbia River Gorge Road Trip, Oregon

If you love waterfalls, hiking, wineries, fruit picking and scenic drives the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon is the perfect location for your Pacific Northwest road trip. 

Olympic Peninsula Road Trip, Washington

Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is in the state’s northwestern corner and is one of the premier road trip destinations in the Pacific Northwest coast. Highway 101 forms a 300-mile loop around the peninsula. It’s easy to start and end this pacific northwest road trip in Seattle.

Oregon Coast Road Trip

The Oregon Coast is known for its stunning beaches, dramatic sea stacks, and endless coastal adventures. Where you start for this road trip would depend on where you are coming and going from. Astoria is 2 hours from Portland and Florence is one hour from Eugene.

Salmon River Scenic Byway Road Trip, Idaho

One of my favorite USA road trips is through the spectacular Salmon River Scenic Byway in Idaho. Along this Byway, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, river activities and exploring the ghost towns of the Land of the Yankee Fork Historic Area.

Oregon National Forest, Crater Lake, Bend Road Trip

This Pacific Northwest road trip encompasses a beautiful region of national forest, hot springs, waterfalls, a stunning crater lake, and the contrasting arid Bend region.