While I loved the opportunity to photograph at all of the locations that Shelley and I stopped at on this epic road trip. These are my top 5 Pacific Northwest Coast Locations to spend more time at.
Cape Perpetua is more than just the seashore. From my trip research, I knew that there was much more to explorer. I did not fully understand this until Shelley and I returned home and started working on the blog and editing the videos for the YouTube Channel.
The Cape Perpetua Scenic Area as more than 26 miles of hiking trails and has around 2,700 acres of coastal habitat. The trails lead through old-growth forests. One trail even leads to a tree that was seedling when Christopher Columbus sailed to the Americas. Please remember to leave no trace when visiting places of such beauty.
Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
Shelley and I barely scratched the surface of Cape Kiwanda. We walked on the beach as the sun was setting on a long day of travel even though we had hours left on that day. While our time there was short we left our share of footprints and made a couple of photographs that I will never forget.
One day we will return to walk on the beach and sand cliffs.
Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park
Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park come in at the number three position in my top 5 Pacific Northwest Coast Locations to spend more at as one location because they are so close together. With so much more than photography to do in the area, it makes for a well-rounded place to spend time. After all, there is more to life than photography, wright? I mean like food and sleep.
Olympic National Park
The Olympic peninsula includes both Olympic National Park and the Olympic National Forest. The amount of diversity in landscapes and nature to photograph on the peninsula is just amazing. This area is well worth spending weeks in. If you want to get the best out of the Olympic peninsula you will need to either get lucky with the weather or plan on spending a week or more. I know that most of the United States lays claim to the statement that “if wait you wait around long enough the weather will change”. Few places in the lower 48 States can truly hold claim to the statement. Within the period of 10 minutes, Shelley and I drove through three of the four seasons.
Redwoods National and State Parks
The number one top 5 Pacific Northwest Coast Locations to spend more time at is definitely Redwoods National and State Parks. While I have included Redwoods in this list and given it the number one spot. I believe that it will be a future trip all to its self. It is easily one of the places that I would love to revisit multiple times. The forest changes faster than most would like to acknowledge.
The Wrap Up
Congrats on making to end this long post. It shows a commitment, or just maybe you planning your own trip photographing the Pacific Northwest Coast. If you have made it this far and not yet done so please read my photography travel blog or head on over to my YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjFSKB0S3cnp1ksjpWJyMxxVLEvsq0jbd). Thank you again for taking the time to follow along.