Friday, June 13, 2014

Best Day Road Trips on the West Coast

Road trip season is well underway. If you find yourself out of vacation days, but are looking to whet your appetite for adventure, here are some great suggestions for day trips around the west coast.

1. Oregon

Oregon has a lot to offer adventure travellers, from the beautiful coast line, to 100 year old ship wrecks, and even an amazing afternoon adventure exploring the Oneonta Gorge and surrounding waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge. This state has a little something for everyone, and is a mere 4 hours from Vancouver.

2. Seattle

Seattle is another great day adventure destination, with so much to see and explore. Seattle has a great aquarium, a 2 story cement troll found under a bridge, the gum wall, the space needle, an underground walking tour, amazing coffee shops, and so much more.

3. Whistler

This is a great day road trip that we do quite often. Whistler has a lot to offer, especially if you`re an outdoors person. Garibaldi lake in Whistler was just recently voted the #1 lake in Canada, and we truly understand why. Garibaldi is a bit of a hike to get to, so for those not so keen on spending their afternoon hiking, there are several other lakes around Whistler village that offer great scenery. If you do make your way up to Whistler, we recommend taking the Peak 2 Peak Gondola up past the round house to the express gondola. This will offer panorama views of the surrounding mountains, and the village below. You also get amazing views of the Black Tusk, an epic rock formation atop of a mountain which is quite popular with avid hikers.

4. Stanley Park

This is one of my favourite outdoor activities. I`ve been to the seawall well over 100 times, and it never gets old. The views of the lower mainland from Stanley Park are just amazing and well worth checking out. We always enjoy an afternoon bike ride around the seawall.

5. Sea to Sky Gondola

The Sea to Sky Gondola is a new attraction that just opened up outside of Squamish, BC. Ride the gondola to the top of the mountain for amazing views of the surrounding mountain range. Walk along several of the hiking trails (easy, intermediate and advanced trails) for spectacular forest hikes, one of the trails even leads to a viewing point that overlooks the Chief rock-face. Come on a sunny afternoon and you might be lucky to see rock climbers along the Chief, as this is quite the popular spot for rock climbing.

The drive from Vancouver to Squamish along the Sea to Sky highway is beautiful, and really helps showcase BC’s natural beauty.

6. Ape Caves – Mt St Helens

Mt St Helens is a dormant volcano in southern Washington that once blew its top (and the whole side of the mountain) off. We’ve spent the day hiking to the top of the mountain, and were rewarded with amazing views inside the smoking crater. Not up for such a challenging hike? Head over to the Johnsonridge Observatory for spectacular views of the mountain.

If you’re up for a little underground adventure, check out Ape Caves. These are the Mt St Helens lava tubes that formed thousands of years ago. This afternoon spelunking adventure has you crawling over massive boulders in an underground tunnel, and even repelling down an old lava flow drop-off with a rope. This is an adventure unlike any other.

Now this list of course depends on how you like to travel. We’re crazy enough to turn almost any road trip into a day adventure. Let your inner adventure out and go exploring!

1 comment:

  1. Michelle! You have mentioned the names of very pretty attractions of the West Coast. Indeed it is a fabulous and fascinating place. I love to explore the all these places. I have already visited this region before. During my trip I saw many places such as the old ghost road, Solid Energy Centre, West coast wildlife centre, the national kiwi centre, west green stone, TranzAlpine, Hokitika museum, Glacier hot pools and the coaltown museum. It was a great experience of this area. - Alliha