Summer road trip season is upon us, and WalletHub recently released a list of the Best Road Trip Destinations for summer 2018! WalletHub, a personal finance website, researched all 50 states and scored each state based on costs, safety, and activities. The site also examined average gas prices, the number of scenic byways, and parkland area.
While the top road trip state went to Wyoming, Washington was not far behind in spot seven! Washington ranked highly in both the safety and activities category. If you opt for a road trip in the beautiful state of Washington, here’s my guide of the top four spots to see!
Of course, my Washington road trip must-sees include the city of Seattle! Seattle is home to excellent food, historical museums, and stunning buildings. If you have the chance to stay in Seattle for the weekend, then check out my Weekender’s Guide to Seattle. But if you only have one day, I recommend visiting Pike Place Market. Seattle’s most famous market has something for everyone. From local fisherman to freshly grown fruits and delicious food vendors, Pike Place Market is a must-visit!
Located near southeast of Seattle is Mount Rainier and the Mount Rainier National Park. Mount Rainier is the largest mountain of the Cascade Range at 14,410 feet tall. The National Park has much more to offer than just Mount Rainier and has year-round events! From hiking around the mountains to exploring local waterfalls, Mount Rainier is a must-see stop on your Washington road trip!
Mount Baker Highway
Near the Canadian border is the Mount Baker Highway. This route follows Highway 542 east and passes through Mount Baker-Snoqualmie Forest. I recommend visiting during the summer but the fall season is equally as colorful and beautiful! Plus – there are plenty of hiking spots along the highway that range from short and easy to longer and intense.
Pacific Coast Scenic Byway
If you are looking to explore the northwest of Washington, I recommend taking the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway! This route is 350 miles long and outlines the entire Olympic Peninsula. Not only will you take a drive through national parks and rainforests, but you will also see ocean beaches. On the route, you will pass the North Head Lighthouse, Ruby Beach, Hoh Rain Forest, Port Townsend and more!
Washington is full of adventure, and I highly recommend taking a road trip through the state if you can! Not only will you see lush green forests and stunning shorelines, but Washington also has so much to offer, and a road trip is a perfect way to experience it all!
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!