9 DAYS OF DRIVING

ON THE P.C.H. FROM L.A. → SEATTLE









THIS IS THE MOST SCENIC ROUTE FROM L.A. TO SEATTLE. WHAT TO EXPECT: YOU’LL DRIVE NEARLY THE ENTIRETY OF THE AMERICAN COAST LINE FROM LA TO WASHINGTON. YOU’LL VISIT MASSIVE SEQOUIAS, CAMP ABOVE THE CLOUDS, WALK THROUGH A RAINFOREST, AND VISIT WHAT MANY CONSIDER TO BE THE MOST INCREDIBLE BEACHES THE U.S. HAS TO OFFER.










DAY ONE

L.A. → P.C.H. → CAMPING ABOVE THE CLOUDS

IF CAMPING IS YOUR THING, THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE CAMP SITES IN THE WORLD. JUST BEFORE SUNSET, THE CLOUDS ROLL INTO THE VALLEYS AND THE VIEW IS WORLD CLASS.
















DAY TWO

ABOVE THE CLOUDS → SAN FRANSISCO








DAY THREE

S.F. → FT. BRAGG








DAY FOUR

FT. BRAGG → HARRIS BEACH → GOLD BEACH

MAKE SURE TO STOP AND VISIT EACH OF THESE BEACHES FOR SOME INCREDIBLE COASTAL SCENERY.








DAY FIVE (OPTIONAL INLAND DETOUR)

UMPQUA HOT SPRINGS AND CRATER LAKE

NUDE BATHING AND A GIANT LAKE INSIDE A DORMANT VOLCANOE - WORTH IT.








DAY SIX

GOLD BEACH → DUNES → PORTLAND








DAY SEVEN

PORTLAND → ROCKAWAY BEACH → HUG POINT → CANNON BEACH → LONG BEACH

THE BEACHES ON THE PCH ONLY GET MORE BEAUTIFUL THE FURTHER NORTH YOU GO. MAKE SURE TO VISIT THESE, THEY'RE AMONG THE MOST FAMOUS.








DAY EIGHT

LONG BEACH → SECOND BEACH → HOH RAINFOREST

SECOND BEACH IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACH IN THE PACIFIC NORTH WEST, IMO. PART OF THE LURE, BESIDES THE BEAUTY, IS THAT IT'S HIDDEN BEHIND A FOREST AND ALMOST COMPLETELY UNPOPULATED, UNLIKE SOME OF THE OTHER MORE WELL DOCUMENTED BEACHES. THEN THERE'S THE HOH RAINFOREST. YES THERE'S A RAINFOREST IN THE CONTINENTAL U.S. (I DIDN'T KNOW THAT ORIGINALLY). YOU CAN DO A SHORT IN AND OUT DAY HIKE THERE IF THAT'S ALL YOU'RE INTERESTED IN. I DID THE MULTIDAY VERSION, WHICH GOES TO A GLACIER OVER THE COURSE OF 2-3 DAYS, CAMPING IN MEADOWS AND HIKING FROM RAINFOREST TO PINE FOREST TO ALPINE WITH AND ICE BLUE GLACIAL RIVER RUNNING ALONGSIDE YOU NEARLY THE WHOLE WAY. ONE OF THE BEST HIKES OF MY LIFE. ACCOMMODATIONS AROUND OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK ARE SPARSE, PLAN YOUR EXIT IF YOU PLAN TO LEAVE SAME DAY.
















DAY NINE

HOH RAINFOREST → SEATTLE