Our Favorite Road Trips from the Pacific Northwest

6 Amazing Adventures to Remember and Recommend

Looking for ideas for your next road trip? Read what our AAA travel pros have to share. Their favorite road trips combine adventure with amazing memories made along the way. These are the road trips that they would personally recommend to a friend. Read on and get ready to be inspired.

Megan Conner at the Arches National Park

Megan Conner at teh Arches. Photo coutesy of Conner.

“I Was Surprised How Much There Was to See.”

During some of the darkest days of the pandemic, AAA Washington’s Megan Conner left Bremerton in a rented car with her friend, intent on visiting some of the famed national parks in the Mountain West. They wound up in the canyonlands of Utah, Colorado and Arizona.

Read Conner’s Road Trip the Canyonlands.

The green Astoria Megler bridge on a nice day with a few wispy clouds overhead and the spiky logs sticking up from the water from a former dock

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“I Want to See the Giant Ball of Twine!”

In 2019, AAA Washington’s Todd Nemish and his daughter set out in a Prius with a road guide and no fixed itinerary, heading for the Olympic Peninsula. Find out why this short trip became one his favorite road trips.

Read Nemish’s tour of Willapa Loop.

Nicole Chapman

Nicole Chapman. Photo by Natasha Liden. 

“It’s a Tangled Mess of Canyons, Valleys and Ravines.”

Ride into the vast and rugged land of the American Southwest with AAA Washington’s Nicole Chapman. Find out why it is best to take your time and the scenic route on a trip from Spokane to Palm Springs.

Read Chapman’s Road Trip in the Southwest.

Samantha Preciado with husband on the Olympic Peninsula

Megan Conner at the Arches National Park. Photo courtesy of Conner.

 “A Road Trip is Very Intimate.”

Newly married Samantha Preciado and her husband didn’t have a lot of time or extra money when they set off in 2015 from their home in Everett. Read how their “mini-honeymoon” on the Olympic Peninsula turned out.

Read Preciado’s Honeymoon on the Olympic Peninsula.

Jeanine Rollins in sunglasses stands outside her car while her husband waits in the car during a road trip

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“This is One Place Where I Feel I Can Unwind.”

Take a road trip with AAA Washington’s Jeanine Ollivier Rollins from her home in Seattle to Humboldt County, California, to walk and “forest bathe” among the giant redwoods in northern California. Read why a calming walk among nature is one of her favorite ways to spend her vacation.

Read Rollins’ Road Trip to California.

Walmsley's parent at Mount Rushmore

Heather Walmsley’s parents at Mount Rushmore. Photo courtesy of Heather Walmsley.

“I Did Get a Little Teary-Eyed”

Take a trip with AAA Member Travel Counselor Heather Walmsley from Bremerton, Washington, into the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota to Mount Rushmore. Her favorite road trip started with a hand-drawn map on a napkin.

Read Walmsley’s Road Trip to Mount Rushmore.

–Written by Jake Uitti
–Top photo of Capitol Reef National Park by Paulista/AdobeStock

Interested in planning your next road trip with AAA Washington? Call your travel agent directly or your nearest AAA store to get pro tips, TripTik maps, and more. Find more Pacific Northwest scenic drives and road trips.

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