The Pacific Northwest contains some of the most scenic landscapes in all of North America. Anyone who loves rushing rivers, deep canyons and gorgeous forests, won’t be disappointed in a trip to the area. While there are many different ways to see this lovely area, you'll find that traveling by RV is one of the best options available. The first thing on the to-do list is to rent an RV. Once that’s complete you must choose your destination. Whether you are looking for a long RV road trip or a short one, make sure that you consider some of these gorgeous options available in the Pacific Northwest.
Hells Canyon and You:
Oregon is one of the best places to start when you are thinking about taking a pleasantly long RV trip, and this is where the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway comes in. This canyon trip can stretch on for more than 200 miles, but of course you can make it a shorter trip if you like. This journey starts you off on Interstate 84 before taking you down State Route 82 and State Route 86. You'll find that if you are someone who loves nature, you are going to love the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. Though there are plenty of fantastic birds to observe here for birdwatchers, you'll find that most people go there for the majestic eagles. This route takes you to Mt. Howard and then on to Hells Canyon National Recreation area. Check out the rivers and the Hells Canyon Dam, where you can see some beautiful woods and experience the natural beauty of water. Along the way, there is plenty of hiking and RV camping to be enjoyed.
The Olympic Peninsula is a great place to explore when you are looking for beautiful landscapes. You'll find that by starting on Highway 101 and finding your way down State Route 305, State Route 104 and State Route 20, there is plenty to see. For example, when you stop to see the Olympic Peninsula, you can check out Fort Worden State Park, which has some great trails for hiking and some excellent RV accommodations. The site used to be a part of an old military installation, and you'll find that for the history buffs in the group, the officers' quarters at the park are a great stop. On top of that, you can head to the Enchanted Valley and Lake Quinault, where you can often sight elk. This route also takes you close to the coast, where you can easily experience the Pacific Ocean.
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area:
If you are looking to fit both Oregon and Washington into your trip, make sure that you visit the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. This is widely considered one of the most beautiful areas in the entire Pacific Northwest region. If you are someone who is invested in making sure that you see everything, heading to this park will help you succeed. One of the real highlights of the trip is the Multnorah Falls, which falls down more than 600 feet with two gorgeous pools along the way. You can view this natural wonder from one of the nearby bluffs or from a footbridge nearby. Further along this area is the Hood River as well as the Mosier Tunnels, which were once a part of Highway 30.
When you want to see the glories of the Pacific Northwest, there are absolutely fantastic options open to you. Rent an RV and get on the road. Remember that seeing the natural wonders of the world is always better when you are doing it from comfortable circumstances, so RV travel is an advantage for most trips. Choose a route that sounds perfect for you and your companions before heading out this year!
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