The Pacific Northwest is a vision of pristine beauty, a mist-laden expanse of lush foliage and pristine bodies of water. From the bottom of Oregon to the very tip top of Alaska, the entire region stands as a shining example of incomparable beauty. Sandwiched between Alaska and Washington is the breathtaking land of Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver has the distinct pleasure of being within driving distance of another NW metropolis, the city of Seattle, WA. The proximity of these two cities makes a day trip all too feasible, the mechanics of which will be broken down in the article below.
MAKE SURE PASSPORTS ARE IN ORDER
Yes, back in the day it was possible to go to both Canada and Mexico without a passport. Unfortunately, border patrol these days has taken on a hardened, no-nonsense edge. They will turn you away for nothing, and will definitely do so if passports aren’t in order. Be smart.
MINIMIZE DRIVING TIME
As with any road trip, it is important to check the traffic and driving conditions before heading out. A spontaneous 3-hour drive to Canada can become a nightmare if one is unaware of a snowstorm or heavy Northwest downpour on the day of the departure. Pick a day that is relatively clear, along roads that offer the least amount of driving time and traffic.
PLAN ADVENTURES ACCORDING TO TIME
If one wants to see a beautiful Canadian sunset over a poutine dinner, it makes little sense to depart Washington in the mid-afternoon. Even if one leaves with time to spare for sunset, traffic conditions may lead to a late arrival, which would lead to arriving in town past the point of service for the best restaurants.
LEAVE WITH A FULL TANK
This rule is subject to change. Research gas prices in the areas that will be traversed through, to get gas for the lowest price. Leave with just enough gas to reach the next cheapest outpost.
NO CAR? TAKE THE BOLT
BoltBus has done well on both coasts since its creation, allowing for cheap trips up and down the region in a timely fashion. Those with and without cars should consider BoltBus for their same day trip.
Mitch Levy has spent nearly 30 years in radio and sports broadcasting after earning a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse. Read more of his advice for the radio industry or check out his Twitter!