Senior Road Trips (That Don’t Involve a Ferry Pass!)
The summer after senior year is a prime time to hit the road with your fellow graduates. Your new sense of independence can be solidified, you can spend time with folks you may not see for a number of years, and you can drive “your own” car for what may be the last time until your mid-twenties. Here are some of the best places to set off to with your besties, granted they pay for the gas that your parents may or may not be covering completely.
Photo by Amalie Millard
The Coast: Shi Shi, Third Beach, and La Push are all beautiful locations featuring sweeping views of our home state’s pacific coastline, huge rock formations, and lush evergreen vegetation. The drive lengths range from three to four hours, but all take place mostly in scenic Olympic National Park on straight, easy-to-navigate roads. Be sure to stop at Fat Smitty’s in Port Townsend on your way for a ceiling full of dollar bills and a classic burger full of grease.
Portland: Seattle’s slightly-more-hipster sister is just less than four hours away. If you get an early start, you can spend the majority of a day here without having to pay for an overpriced, over eco-friendly Airbnb, and instead drive home overnight. Skip the wait at Voodoo and grab breakfast at Blue Star Donuts, then park your car and rent a bike to tour buzzing streets, lush botanical gardens, “Portlandia” filming locations, and whatever else your heart desires. End the day at Old Town Pizza, a tasty Italian joint with a haunted history.
California: If you are looking for a slightly longer adventure, take the 101 to merge onto the scenic CA-1 highway in Northern California. From here, you can drive all the way down to San Diego and see Monterey Bay, Wine Country, Silicon Valley, the Redwoods, Big Sur, and Los Padres, as well as small surf towns and bougie LA neighborhoods on the way.