Pacific U.S.

Welcome to the Ultimate Pacific United States Travel Guide!

This region consists of these states: California, Oregon, and Washington. The Pacific United States is known for its coastlines, National Parks, deserts, cosmopolitan cities, and forests.

Whatever kind of adventure you want to have in the Pacific U.S., this guide has everything you need for planning a trip!

Ready to plan your trip? Then here’s your ultimate Pacific United States travel guide!

Top Cities to Visit

Bend, Oregon

Los Angeles, California

Monterey, California

Palm Springs, California

Portland, Oregon

San Diego, California

Best Time To Visit


Fall is a fantastic season to visit the Pacific states because the temperatures will be cooling off, but the days are still long and sunny. The foliage will be changing into vibrant colors, and prices and tourist numbers will be decreasing from the peak summer season.

You can participate in Napa and Sonoma’s grape harvests during these months. All of the National Parks and roads will still be open. And you can experience the Monterey Jazz Festival.

The north will start to see snow and rain in late-October and November, but Southern California will still be sunny and dry.


In Winter, you can head inland to the mountains for snow. Or you can head to the deserts for mild weather. The coasts will be cold, but snow is rare.

Winter is the low travel season for the Pacific, so prices and tourist numbers will be at some of their lowest. The exceptions to this are during Christmas and New Year’s.

Some National and State Parks will have trail or road closures, so make sure you check in advance whether a trek or drive is open.


Spring is a beautiful time to visit the west coast. The warm, pleasant days and refreshingly cool nights make these months an excellent time to visit. Wildflowers will be blooming, especially the cherry blossoms in Washington.

All roads and trails will re-open, and as long as you avoid the peak Spring Break weeks from mid-March to early April, the crowds and prices will still be relatively low.

You’ll want warm layers for the mornings and evenings in the mountains.

California is one of the Best Destinations To Visit In April!

Summer days are sunny and hot. Daytime temperatures can be in the 90s (24-28°C), and temperatures will be even higher in the deserts. The nights will be pleasant for camping out under the stars.

The higher elevations can still be chilly in the mornings and evenings, so bring a couple of layers with you.

This is prime beach season. But be aware that, like most places in the U.S., summer is the peak travel season because of school breaks, so crowds and prices will be at their highest.

Portland and Oregon are two of the Best Destinations To Visit In August!

National Parks to Visit

Channel Islands National Park, California

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Death Valley National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California


The Most Scenic Drives

Cascade Loop, Washington

Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway, Oregon

Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail, California

Oregon Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, Washington

The Pacific Coast Highway, California

The Rim of the World Scenic Byway, California

Sierra Vista Scenic Byway in California


Must-Do Excursions

Visit Death Valley National Park

Sample Wine in Sonoma or Napa

See Thor’s Well (at high tide) in Oregon

Hike Mount Rainier in Washington

Hike in Big Sur, California

Disneyland California


Drive-up Mount Hood in Oregon


My Must-Have Guide Books


Shop My Pacific U.S. Travel Essentials


Local Foods To Try

Razor Clams


Dungeness Crab


Oysters on the Half Shell

Marionberry Pie

California Burrito

Açaí Bowl

Shrimp Tacos


Have you been to this region? Comment below with anything you’d add to this Pacific United States travel guide!

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This travel guide is not a sponsored post, and, as always, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely my own. Some of the links in this guide are affiliate links, and, at no cost to you, I may earn a small commission.



  • June 26, 2020

    Very comprehensively written guide. I wish I could be there one day but now this Covid and lost all hope,,
    A good article..


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