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The Great American Road Trip Week 8: The Pacific Coast

The Great American Road Trip Week 8: The Pacific Coast Photo

Photo by hexagons

Posted on August 6, 2012 in Trip Ideas

The Pacific Coast of the United States has it all- big cities, warm beaches, and dense forests. From the urban sprawl of Los Angeles to the peaks of the Cascade Range, the end of our road trip was bittersweet. We cruised the roads of the contiguous states, then snagged a cheap flight to our newest additions.

The summer may be winding down, but the grandeur of the United States can be celebrated at any time of the year! Our trip showed us the beauty and diversity of America all while enjoying the different cultures that every state has to offer. If you haven't gotten out and experienced you surroundings, now is the time! No matter where you are, there is beauty all around you.


Our first stop on the last leg of our journey, The Golden State, proved just as much fun as the state is big. Cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway, from San Diego to San Francisco, miles and miles of beaches greeted us. We headed inland to check out the beautiful national parks, including Yosemite- an IgoUgo member favorite.

Crystal Cove Yosemite National Park

   Photo by lavenderdays                                                                                          Photo by Jolantka

The infamous Oregon trail led early settlers to The Beaver State and now we now why people wanted to settle here. The pristine forests, the rocky beaches, Oregon is a beauty in the Northwest. Portland charmed us with its hip ambiance, and the Oregon wilderness left us breathless as we wound our way north.

Oregon Sunset Heceta Lighthouse

   Photo by Côte                                                                                                         Photo by Vanilla Sugar

The Evergreen State completed our driving tour of the US (we hopped a plane for the next two destinations) and the scenery was majestic. Gazing at Mt. Rainier from the top of the Space Needle was a picture-perfect moment, and Olympic National Park provided much needed awe-inspiration.

Seattle and Mt. Rainier Olympic Peninsula

   Photo by cindylou11157                                                                                         Photo by creekland

Our second to last stop on our summer journey was The Last Frontier as we jetted over Canada to the biggest state in America. We didn't have time to get to every national park (all 5) as they were spread out over the massive land, but we needed to check an item off our bucket list- seeing Mount McKinley.

Mt. McKinley Potter Marsh

   Photo by MilwVon                                                                                                   Photo by Wildcat Dianne

We ended our summer road trip with a margarita in hand lounging on the beautiful beaches of The Aloha State. We couldn't think of a better way to spend the dog days of summer than trying our hand at surfing and remarking on the magnificent sunsets of the Hawaiian isles.

Kauai Beach Waikiki Sunset

   Photo by David Pillinger                                                                                          Photo by amillionmilestogo

Previously on Road Trip: The Southwest

Posted by jhartmann13 (JJ Hartmann)


Comment by MilwVon on August 6, 2012

Road tripping TO Alaska can be a challenge . . . but once you're there, there is no place like it on the planet!

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