6 Gorgeous Fall Road Trips in the Pacific Northwest

Gas up the Subaru and hit the road on these epic Northwest adventures.
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Pack your gear and explore our region, from mountains to Sound and beyond.

I was 9 years old when my family embarked on our first road trip. It was epic. Thirty-three days, 19 states, 8,564 miles—and more national monuments and parks than I can remember. If there was a theme to that road trip, it was surely natural wonders. Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Monument Valley, Pike’s Peak, Craters of the Moon, the redwood forest—we saw it all and much more.

If you’re ready for your own road trip, we’ve done the planning for you. Whether you yearn to discover Washington’s natural wonders or want to build a trip around a passion—like small-town bookstores or vintage finds—these six itineraries will help you find your way.

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In the islands of Western Washington, breaker waves fall among the calls of seagulls. Quiet trails lie within old-growth forests, in wildflower meadows and on driftwoodcovered shores.

The rhythmic kick glide of skis on fresh early morning snow provides a beat against my pounding heart. Dawn breaks as I climb up the slope, the sound of semitrucks and commuter traffic roaring below me.

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