This time we’re going on a roadtrip through the Pacific Northwest. Oregon, Washington and British Columbia in 3 weeks. Here is our best-of from a region that truly can be called an outdoor wonderland.
After exploring Seattle for two days, we’re on our way to Olympic National Park. Little time we have so we only had the opportunity to stretch our legs at Lake Crescent with its crystal clear and ice cold water.
The area around the sleepy city of La Push is known for its beautiful beaches and we couldn’t agree more. Sprinkled with driftwood, the Third Beach is accessible within a 40 minutes stroll through a thick forest and was surprisingly quiet.
Definitely one of the best campgrounds we’ve ever been to. The Hoh Campground is located only one stone throw away from Hoh River. Nothing beats a fresh bath after a long hike in ice cold waters coming straight from Mt Olympus, the highest mountain in the Olympic Peninsula.
The Hoh Rain Forest with its mossy trees is truly a magical place. I took the picture at Tom’s Creek along the Hoh River Trail which is the perfect place to rest and to cool down smelly camping feet in the cold and clear stream.
On the road again. We’re leaving Portland to follow the Columbia River eastward and drive up north to Highway 20 that leads through the North Cascades National Park. By the way, we always loved the yellow road markings. Every road looks so much cooler.
Highway 20, that leads through the North Cascades, is really the ride of your lifetime. Every turn offers another breathtaking view of a remarkable landscape. Even in May a few trails like the Pacific Crest Trail, are still covered with snow so we focused on accessible trails in the valleys.
After a scenic drive through the mountains of the North Cascades National Park, we arrived at Diablo Lake. Its turquoise water is attributed to the surrounding glaciers that grind rocks into a fine powder that is carried into the lake through creeks. The Colonial Campground at the southern tip offers a perfect base for day hikes.
Vancouver Island got it all. Snow covered mountains, plenty of rivers and creeks, thick grown forests and remote beaches. The quintessence of everything British Columbia stands for. The ideal spot to spend our last days of our roadtrip.
Still can’t get enough of these endless beaches sprinkled with cute tiny islands looking like green oasis in the sea. If you ever come to the southern tip of Vancouver Island make sure to go to Tofino for fresh fish & chips at Big Daddy’s Fish Fry.