10 MUST HAVE stops on a PNW road trip!! Secret spots straight from locals!

4 girls set out on college budgets to see the Pacific North West, stops are listed in the video along with videos of the beautiful scenery!

by Teresa Zortman

Start: Sacramento, California

We then stayed in the Redwoods in Arcata, California. After one night, we woke up the next morning and got on Highway 101.

We then camped in Lincoln County on the coast of Oregon. The campsite was nice- but crowded. We usually back-pack to our campsites so this was a change.

Then we did another big haul up the 101, this was a big driving day but we took many impulsive stops to break it up. We arrived in Seattle in time to eat an over-priced lunch!

We spent some major time exploring the city, surprisingly one of our favorite parts was not the space needle but the wheel on the Seattle Waterfront!

Next was Canada- the border crossing. It took us about an hour to get over the border, even though we tried crossing late at night.

We woke up to a sunny, bright day in the land of maple syrup. We stayed in Burnaby, just outside of Vancouver. We had breakfast, biked, and went to Granville Island! (I rode a tandem bike, and wore a fanny pack. Representing America well to our Northern neighbors.

Sadly, we could not stay in Canada. So we drove down back into Washington where we conquered Mount Baker and tested the speeds of the Ford Fiesta that we had all crammed into.

Our final stop was Portland. We got followed by homeless men cat-calling us but other than that it was great!

The original plan was to camp one more time at a remote site by a River South of Grants Pass, but an epic rain/thunder storm killed those plans. So we settled for a Dutch Bros stop.

I would HIGHLY recommend this trip and these stops! I wish we could’ve taken a longer trip than 10 days.

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Road Trip to Hot Springs

On a cold winter weekend some people prefer shredding the mountains, others enjoy a cold beer in a 100 degree natural hot spring pool. The beautiful drive along Highway 12 is a huge perk, especially when you’re the only one on it!

The video was shot on my Canon 5D Mark III with a 35mm f1.4 lens.

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5 Best Views in Missoula

Montana, the Big Sky State, is home to some of the most beautiful photography spots in the world. Many of these underrated views are within an hour drive from Montana’s second largest city, Missoula. Here are a few of my favorite Missoula spots:

  1. Mount Sentinel “M” Trail

This is probably the most iconic of Missoula views. The trailhead for the widely popular “M” Trail is right on campus, and a 30-minute hike will give you some of the best views possible of the valley.

2. Mount Jumbo

The Mount Jumbo hike is a bit longer than the “M” Trail, but certainly worth it for a lesser known lookout of the city.

3. Blue Mountain Recreation Area

Blue Mountain is a great area for a morning dog walk or a round of frisbee golf. This beautiful area is just a 10-minute drive from the city and has some amazing views of the South Hills.

4. Pattee Canyon

The Pattee Canyon road goes from the southeast corner of Missoula all the way to Bonner, Montana. Just be careful on the roads in winter.

5. “Top of the World”

“Top of the World” is the easiest of these spots to access. Simply drive all the way up Whitaker Drive and loop back down on Spanish Peaks Drive. Make sure to check out this view before the area is completely covered in real estate developments.

All photos by Elias Snyders (@EliasSnyders). To see more visit http://www.eliassnyders.com

More amazing spots near Missoula. Photos by Elias Snyders.

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