The call of the open road is as American as anything else we share as a culture: it’s up there with baseball, Fourth of July parades and cherry pie.
It’s possible, however, that each of us hears a slightly different siren song. Some of us want to explore the deserts of the southwest, feeling never more alive than when the grit blows through the window and gets in our ears. Some of us feel called to the in-between states that run through the corn belt, finding both comfort and unease in the monotony of open space. Still others among us gravitate toward the coast, longing to see a perfect wave just around the bend.
Whatever you are drawn to, we urge you to listen to that voice. Take the time off. Make the plans. Or just get on the open road with a full tank of gas, and get going.
The Pacific Northwest is an adventurer’s playground. There are several different ecosystems to explore: the mountains, the coast, the rainforests… We propose starting in Seattle and heading west toward Olympic National Park. Along this route you’ll hit a couple more National Parks as well as a few lesser-known gems.