Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Road Trip! | Explore Hood Canal

Hi Colleagues,

Enjoy this pixel-roll of through Hood Canal on our way to Port Angeles and Hurricane Ridge.  Hood Canal sports green verdant canopies:

Hood Canal (above series)
Two words in the American lexicon: Road trip.  I like to recommend people road-trip in loops via your transportation mode of choice.  The wider the loop, the more time and resources required, but you see much scenery!

For instance, from Port Orchard on the Kitsap Peninsula, head north to Hood Canal.  Stay in one of its many quaint towns (my vote is for Belfair or Port Gamble), and then drive to Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic Peninsula.  Then take a ferry from Bremerton to Seattle and enjoy downtown, including Pike Place and then even eat on the Ave and take a stroll on campus in the U-District if you have time.  

Alternatively, if you're feeling particularly adventurous and have the extra time, take the Black Ball ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria.  Enjoy the Butchart Gardens and Royal London Wax Museum (when re-opened due to relocation).  Then take the BC Ferry to Vancouver, BC.  Shop in the international district, Grandville Island, drink some tea for me, and see the 2010 Olympic torch.  If it's winter, enjoy snow-sports at Whistler.  Vancouver ranks among the world's most livable cities per the Economist.

If you're feeling more adventurous and have more time, then head east to Banff's hot springs, hiking trails, and The Banff Centre, Canada's premiere creative arts centre.  Then swing south to Spokane and back west to Seattle.  Of course you can head further south to the Columbia River Gorge, Maryshill Art Museum, Multnomah Falls, the river pier and Saturday Market in Portland, then back north to Seattle.  If you have an extra day and a full tank of gas, you can head east to Mt. St. Helens, or stop at Pt. Defiance Zoo in Tacoma.  Then head north to Seattle.  Fore more ideas visit the WA state route list.

In either case, when you commence your WA trip:  head to the U-District and then Seattle for Pike Place MarketSeattle Food Tours, and the Waterfront.  For the Canadian run be sure to bring your passport [US] as it will be required of you at border crossings.

So you see the great Pacific Northwest Region has much travel joys to offer.  Let me know what you enjoy about Hood Canal... and beyond!

Ready... Set... Road Trip!