This Oregon-Washington highlight reel starts in Portland, home to excellent restaurants, bookstores, and coffee.
Cross the Columbia River and head north to Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, a park centered around the mountain that famously blew its top in 1980.
Then take I-5 north to Washington’s capital city, Olympia, and on to the Olympic Peninsula via US 101. See the Olympic Peninsula Loop for details on this region’s attractions.
When you’ve had your fill, cruise south along the Pacific coast through Astoria, then close the loop by driving southeast back to Portland.