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Best RV Routes in the Northwest


The Pacific Northwest is a fantastic region for RV travel, offering stunning landscapes, vibrant cities, and numerous outdoor activities. Here are some of the best RV routes in the Northwest:

1. Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 101)
  • Route: Start in Astoria, Oregon, and travel south along the Oregon Coast to Brookings.
  • Highlights: Cannon Beach, Tillamook (and the famous cheese factory), Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor.
  • Activities: Beachcombing, hiking, visiting coastal towns, and whale watching.
2. The Cascade Loop (Washington)
  • Route: Start in Seattle and follow the loop through the North Cascades, down through the Methow Valley, Chelan, Leavenworth, and Stevens Pass before returning to Seattle.
  • Highlights: North Cascades National Park, Lake Chelan, Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth, and Stevens Pass.
  • Activities: Hiking, fishing, wine tasting, and enjoying mountain views.
3. Columbia River Gorge
  • Route: Start in Portland, Oregon, and travel east along Interstate 84 to The Dalles, then cross into Washington and return west along Highway 14.
  • Highlights: Multnomah Falls, Hood River, Maryhill Museum of Art, Columbia River viewpoints.
  • Activities: Hiking, windsurfing, wine tasting, and visiting waterfalls.
4. Oregon's Historic Highway 30
  • Route: Begin in Troutdale, Oregon, and follow the scenic highway through the Columbia River Gorge.
  • Highlights: Multnomah Falls, Crown Point Vista House, Bonneville Dam, and various scenic viewpoints.
  • Activities: Sightseeing, hiking, and photography.
5. Mount Rainier National Park
  • Route: Start in Seattle or Tacoma and head southeast to Mount Rainier National Park.
  • Highlights: Paradise, Sunrise, and various scenic byways around the mountain.
  • Activities: Hiking, wildlife viewing, and exploring glaciers.
6. Olympic Peninsula Loop
  • Route: Start in Olympia, Washington, and circle the Olympic Peninsula via Highway 101.
  • Highlights: Olympic National Park, Hurricane Ridge, Hoh Rain Forest, Rialto Beach, and Lake Quinault.
  • Activities: Beachcombing, hiking, exploring rainforests, and wildlife viewing.
7. Crater Lake to the Oregon Coast
  • Route: Start at Crater Lake National Park, travel west to Eugene, and then head south along the coast on Highway 101.
  • Highlights: Crater Lake, Eugene, Oregon Dunes, Bandon, and Cape Blanco.
  • Activities: Hiking, scenic drives, and exploring coastal towns.
8. The Lewis and Clark Trail
  • Route: Follow the Columbia River from Astoria, Oregon, through the Tri-Cities in Washington, and into Idaho.
  • Highlights: Fort Clatsop, Columbia River Gorge, Sacajawea State Park, and Hells Canyon.
  • Activities: Historical sites, hiking, and scenic viewpoints.
9. The Idaho Panhandle
  • Route: Travel from Coeur d'Alene to Sandpoint and then up to Bonners Ferry and the Canadian border.
  • Highlights: Coeur d'Alene Lake, Sandpoint's artsy downtown, and the wilderness areas near Bonners Ferry.
  • Activities: Boating, hiking, and exploring small towns.
10. Glacier National Park and the Northern Rockies
  • Route: Travel from Spokane, Washington, through Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and up to Glacier National Park in Montana.
  • Highlights: Lake Coeur d'Alene, Flathead Lake, Glacier National Park.
  • Activities: Hiking, wildlife viewing, and exploring mountain landscapes.

Each of these routes offers a unique glimpse into the beauty and diversity of the Pacific Northwest, making them ideal for RV travelers seeking adventure and scenic views

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