Sometimes clichés are a good thing, and the Northwest’s reputation for great coffee is proof. With more baristas roasting beans than you can shake a tub of cocoa powder at, this region guarantees to provide your caffeine fix – after all, it’s where StarbucksTM first launched. And, starting you off in sophisticated Seattle, you’ll quickly settle into that famous coffee bar scene, checking out neighbourhoods like the cool downtown Waterfront.
But, as you travel down this strip of coast, you’ll discover coffee’s only part of its story. Swapping city life for the Northwest’s untamed volcanic landscapes, with a journey through Mount Rainier National Park and past Mount St Helens, you’ll end up in Portland; contrastingly flat, it’s known for its walkability and, weirdly, food vans.
The Northwest nature trail continues with the 40-mile long wind-sculpted Oregon Dunes, the wild beaches and crashing surf around Coos Bay, and the ever-photogenic lighthouses of Oregon’s coastline. These make way for the giants of Redwood National Park, rivalling skyscrapers in their height; for serene countryside dotted with timeless towns like pretty Mendocino and historic Eureka; and for the exclusive wine estates of Sonoma Valley. All before you return to urban living, and the coffee shops beyond the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.