Throughout my life, I have traveled across the majority of America. I have been to California on the west coast and Florida on the east coast, but I had yet to reach the very tip of the Northwestern United States. My significant other and I explored the territory for five whole days and relished every second of it. We visited Vancouver and Seattle for the first time as well as many other notable stops along the way. Here is a detailed look at the first two days of our most recent trip to the Northwest.
After a maximum of twenty minutes of sleep the night before at the Seattle/Tacoma Airport, I boarded a train headed to Vancouver around 7am. I immediately remembered why I love Canada as natives happily waved to the train as we crossed the border. Thankfully, I was able to catch some Z’s on the train, so I was refreshed and ready to tackle the city of Vancouver for the first time.
We checked into the hotel and quickly headed to the place everyone was talking about – Stanley Park. The world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path was incredible. A flurry of people was followed by recreation games, followed by the peace and tranquility of the still water. The Lions Gate Bridge was a sight to behold halfway along the path. We then arrived at the Seawall, regarded by most as the best part of Stanley Park. The walk was exhausting in 90-degree heat, so we ate dinner in Gastown and called it a night.
Instead of a train, we headed back to Seattle via bus, which was much faster (three hours compared to five hours of travel). Of course, we didn’t just stay in Seattle though; we had too much adventuring to do! We rented a car and traveled west to Forks, Washington. Just fifteen minutes into our trip, we were thrown a curveball. We had to stop our car and take a ferry across the Puget Sound. That initial hindrance turned out to be a very peaceful ride and much needed break from the hustle and bustle of our first couple days in ‘Cascadia.’
We arrived in Forks, a town made famous as the setting of the ‘Twilight’ film series. From there we entered the Hoh Rainforest located in Olympic National Park. The Rainforest was breathtaking as the trees looked as sturdy as mountains and as tall as skyscrapers. We continued exploring the various trails until the sun no longer provided us with enough light.
As mentioned above, most of the town’s motels featured shrines to the ‘Twilight’ series, but our motel did not choose to showcase the popular films. Once at the motel, we realized we were very hungry so we headed out on the town’s main road. We ate pizza at a small restaurant that had a line out the door. It was Labor Day weekend, so this did not come as a surprise to us. The pepperoni pizza more than sufficed as we retreated back to our room knowing our journey through the Pacific Northwest had just begun……