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Best places to see/stay in the Northwest (BC and Washington)

My partner and I are visiting the northwest in late June/early July. We have 5-6 days between visiting Seattle and Portland and wondering if we have time to drive up along the Sunshine Coast north of Vancouver, across and down through Vancouver Island, then across to see Olympic National Park before heading to Portland. Is this do-able in 6 days and what are the not to be missed spots? We just love driving and checking out spectacular scenery and perhaps stop for a good walk or two. Any spectacular scenery that is a must see? Thanks!

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  • Kim Dayman

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    If you love to spend time in the car then yes it is totally doable!

    Day one - I'd say drive from Seattle to Vancouver in one shot. Check into wherever you're staying then spend the afternoon checking out Robson St Granville Island and the downtown before having a nice dinner out and enjoying what the city has to offer.

    Day two - head early to Stanley Park and explore before heading north up the Sunshine Coast to Powell River, taking the ferry across to Comox and staying the night in Courtenay.

    Day three - for more intensive driving you can head south to highway 4 and take it across the island heading through Port Alberni to Tofino and back, heading south to Victoria for the night. Seeing Tofino and the Vancouver Island interior forests are amazing (I wouldn't miss it if I were you!) but for a bit of a lighter drive day just head down the east of the island straight to Victoria stopping in the towns along the way.

    Day four - take the ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles, grab a place to stay and spend the day exploring the Olympic National Park

    Day five - Head down the 101 highway south along the coast of staying in Astoria for the night.

    Day six - Head from Astoria to Portland and you're done!

    Most days you'll have between 3-7 hours of driving but with endless places to stop along the way it shouldn't be to hard to break it up. The scenery will be gorgeous the entire way (I'm jealous!). Hope that helps and good luck with your trip.

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      Thanks so much Kim. Good to know it's possible to see quite a lot in that time. Would love to get across to Tofino but it seems the drive is very slow in the summer. We are also wondering about taking a boat tour to Princess Louisa Inlet. We're looking forward to our trip! Thanks again! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Allie Stier

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    Definitely doable. Make sure to visit Rialto Beach and Hurricane Ridge! Stunning scenery, make sure to have your camera :)

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      Thanks Allie! And we don't go anywhere without our cameras! · (0 likelikes)

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