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Road Tripping in the Pacific Northwest with Lonely Planet

2013/05/09by Donna Hull

33 Amazing Road trips in the Pacific Northwest

When Lonely Planet Pacific Northwest’s Best Trips (Regional Guide) arrived at our house for me to review, can you guess why it disappeared from my desk? That’s right, Alan saw the tagline, “33 Amazing Road Trips,” and the book became a fixture on his desk because you know how much he enjoys planning our road trips. The section on Vancouver Island’s Remote North was just what Alan needed to research a May road trip to Vancouver Island.

The Pacific Northwest’s Best Trips provides road trip itineraries for Washington, Oregon and British Columbia plus a bonus selection of Classic Trips like “Up the Inside Passage,” which isn’t a road trip at all but rather a journey by ferry on the Alaska Marine Highway. Alan and I will be paying extra special attention to that section when we travel on the Alaska Marine Highway from Anchorage, AK, to Bellignham, WA, in mid-September.

Seaviews at Cape Kiwanda, Oregon

When you travel Oregon’s Three Capes Loop, climb the dunes at Cape Kiwanda for this stunning view.

Each itinerary includes maps, photos plus mileage and suggested number of days for the trip. You’ll learn the best time to go, where to take the essential photo of the trip plus what’s best about the journey. For instance, Hoh Rainforest is marked as “Best for Wildlife” on the Olympic Peninsula Loop becuase of rare glimpses of Roosevelt elk.

The itineraries offer step by step directions that also include not-to-be-missed highlights to see. Of course Alan likes the fun detour suggestions that take travelers even more off-the-beaten-path. And a “Link Your Trip” box tells which itineraries to combine for longer trips. An “Eating and Sleeping” page at the end of each itinerary suggests restaurants and accommodations. It’s the weakest component of the book, so consider these pages as a place to start rather than a comprehensive selection of dining and accommodation choices.

Alan Hull photographs at Bow Lake in the Canadian Rockies

Take photos of mountain scenery on the Circle the Canadian Rockies itinerary

The itineraries in The Pacific Northwest’s Best Trips aren’t that far from our Montana headquarters, which means that we’ll be trying out many of the road tripping ideas. In fact, we’ll be using some of the suggestions in “Circling the Rockies” for a trip into British Columbia in late June. And I like that the book is small enough to bring along for reference.

Did you know that Lonely Planet publishes a series of Best Trips books? Would you like to win one? As part of our 5-year-anniversary celebration, Lonely Planet is offering one of our lucky readers his or her choice of one of the Best Trips books.

Here’s how to enter the Lonely Planet Best Trips books giveaway

Post a comment to tell us which one of the Lonely Planet Best Trips books that you would like to win. Please include your email address for contact purposes. Giveaway ends on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 11:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Winner will be announced as soon as possible. According to our general contest rules, the winner must be a U.S. resident and respond within 48 hours of receiving the notification email; or we chose another winner.

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Disclosure: Lonely Planet has provided a copy of The Pacific Northwest’s Best Trips book for my review and a copy of a Best Trips book for the giveaway. I have included an Amazon link for your convenience, however My Itchy Travel Feet does receive a small percentage for purchases made at

UPDATE: May 16, 2013, 12:00 p.m: this contest has expired. As soon as the winner acknowledges receipt of my email, I’ll make the announcement.

A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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Cathy Severson May 9, 2013 at 10:03 am

Hard choice on which book. But, I would probably use the USA’s Best Trips the most, even though there were a couple others that I really want. You can contact me at How fun.
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Lisa Minnick May 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm

We would love the USA Best Trip’s Book – although we would also love a copy of all of the books. We are heading into retirement in a few years and are already ramping up our trips so we need all the help we can get.

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Debra Carter May 9, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Hoping to spend more time in the Northwest over the next few years… so I’d pick The Pacific Northwest’s Best Trips!


Lillian Sanpere May 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I would enjoy having “The Pacific Northwest’s Best Trips – 33 Road Trips” as I am planning a road trip to the west and Alaska by next year. Have never been in that part of the country and it looks fascinating. I can’t wait. :)


Lillian Sanpere May 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm

OOps…My email is


May 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm

We consider ourselves lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest – southern Oregon, it is indeed a special (and beautiful) part of the country. We would enjoy the USA’s Best Trips book because we are planning a cross country trip in the fall. We are planning to drive through the middle of the country, spend time in Washington, D.C. and return via the most southern route. Having a guide book, to have in the car, would help us find the best sites to see/visit along the way.
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May 9, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Oops! Forgot to include my email:
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May 10, 2013 at 7:54 am

I totally need the Ireland book! We are going this summer and driving from Dublin to the SE, then to the SW then to Galway and back across.
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Vera Marie Badertscher
May 10, 2013 at 9:33 am

Since Ken and I owe ourselves a more complete trip in the NW, I’d have to choose the one you’re giving away. Although it is true that all of them are packed with great ideas.
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Karen Berchin May 10, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Wow, I would really like The Pacific Northwest’s Best Trips book. At 61, I am just starting to travel beyong Pittsburgh PA. A few years ago, I travelled out “West” and became infected with the desire to see more and more. I will never be the same after seeing the Rockies. Thank you.


Betty Whitehead May 10, 2013 at 10:09 am

Prague and the Czech Republic. Hope to go to land of my grandparents to celebrate a major bday.


Mary Calabrese May 14, 2013 at 7:30 am

I’d love the Italy Best Trips book. We’re hoping to get there soon.


Irene S. Levine
May 14, 2013 at 4:56 pm

As an Italophile, I would love to win the Lonely Planet book on Italy~
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Suzanne Fluhr (Just One Boomer)
May 15, 2013 at 10:06 am

I have 9 more U.S. states to visit, so I would like to win the USA’s Best Trips.
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Donna Benicke May 15, 2013 at 11:58 am

I would love to win the ” California Best Trips” book. A vacation to California in in the process of being planned. This book would be a big help.


Rosanne May 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I would like the Sydney City Guide


merr May 16, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I have heard great things about these little books.They seem altogether different than the typical guide book.


Ann Bifoss May 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Going to retire this spring and looking forward to doing a lot of traveling. Have never been out to the Pacific Northwest and sure could use some help planning a trip!


susan smoaks May 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm

i would love to get The Pacific Northwest’s Best Trips


Brian E. May 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Thanks for the giveaway… Ireland’s Best Trips


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