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november 9, 2015

Our Pacific Northwest Road Trip in Pictures


Adventure and a sense of wonder were constant companions on our Pacific Northwest road trip.

The Discover America road trips crew accompanied Mexico’s José Jiménez, aka the Foreign Photographer, on a stunning drive from Portland, Oregon, to Seattle, Washington, stopping at many awe-inspiring attractions and natural wonders in between. Have a look at some of our favorite images from the trip.

Our Pacific Northwest road trip began in Portland, home to excellent craft breweries, bicycle-friendly streets and the shining Willamette River, pictured here. 

We could see Mount Hood from many parts of Portland. At 3,426-meters tall, it’s the highest point in Oregon, and it’s just a little more than 100 kilometers away from the city. This shot was taken from the historic Pittock Mansion, which also overlooks the city. 

Our photographer Corey looked out over the Willamette Valley during a helicopter tour with Corvallis Aero Service. This lush countryside south of Portland is known for its wines. 

We stopped our Alamo rental car to take in the scenery from the Youngberg Hill Winery, just 72 kilometers southwest of Portland. There’s a bed-and-breakfast on the property, too. From certain vantage points, we could see Mount Hood. 

We wanted to linger as long as we could at the Columbia River Gorge, a dramatic 129-kilometer swath that cuts through the Cascade Mountains. Here, José prepares to focus two cameras on the breathtaking scene. 

We took many more photos at Columbia River Gorge’s Multnomah Falls. Less than 50 kilometers from downtown Portland, the 186-meter-tall falls is one of the most popular attractions in the gorge, and you can see why. It’s beautiful. 

José, Corey and our third road trip companion, John, couldn’t resist a group selfie beneath the Space Needle in Seattle. As you can see from our reaction, it’s an awe-inspiring structure. From atop the 184-meter landmark, the views of the city and the surrounding landscape, including Mount Rainier, are incredible. 

We were also amazed by the selection of fresh seafood at Pike Place Market in Seattle. There’s a market section with fresh fish for sale, as well as a variety of restaurants that serve the catch of the day. We went with the divine fresh clam chowder at Ivar’s

We had so much fun interacting with the seals in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, one of many islands in the archipelago just northwest of Seattle. The playful barks of the seals had us smiling from ear to ear. 

We finished our day on San Juan Island with a visit to Lime Kiln Point State Park and its lighthouse, which dates to 1919. Besides being a tremendous place to take in the sunset, it’s also a great place to spot killer whales as they pass through Haro Strait.

Explore more of Seattle with our guide to the largest city in the Pacific Northwest.

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