The Best Fall Foliage Road Trips in the Pacific Northwest

foliage roadtrips in the pacific northwest

While this time of year makes many of us want to stay indoors and enjoy the warmth of our kitchens and homes, there is no better time of year to hit the road and see mother nature’s colors on full display. Here are a few of the best fall foliage road trips in the Pacific Northwest you have to see to believe.

1.The Olympic Peninsula

Make this the first stop along your trip and take in the beautiful, rugged coasts with lush forests and mountain views. While you’re there, make sure to stop off at Olympic National Park for a glororous hike.

2. Highway 20, Washington

Explore the North Cascades and be prepared for an eyeful of some of the most beautiful fall colors in the relatively “wild” pacific northwest (make sure to check out the town of Winthrop too).

3. The Oregon Coast

From spectacular ocean panoramic views, to breathtaking fall foliage, you will find there is much to explore on the Oregon Coast.  If you love to hike, be sure to stop and explore the many hiking opportunities along the way (be sure to start in Astoria), or skip the hikes and visit a quaint beach town.

And for all you cheese lovers, you may want to detour to check out Tillamook Cheese Factory.

4. Columbia River Highway

Start just east of Portland for a drive full of some of the most beautiful foliage along the 80-mile Columbia Gorge, where the Cascades form a natural border between Southern Washington and Northern Oregon. Make sure to stop off at the various waterfalls along the way like Multnomah Falls and Horsetail Falls. Take lots of pictures!