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Here at Car Tender, we are declaring 2022 the year of the road trip! Follow along as we share great road trips that you can take in 2022.

To start the year off, take a road trip up to Mount Baker for winter hikes, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing! Located near the Canadian border, the drive up to Mount Baker is worth it just for the stunning views of the North Cascades and surrounding areas. There are a variety of activities to do and each season brings new adventures that are fun for the whole family!

 

Visit the sand and the snow on the same trip by visiting Dungeness Spit and Hurricane Ridge near Port Angeles. You can take a hike up the mountain and a stroll on the beach all on the same day! Located in Olympic National Park, Hurricane Ridge offers breathtaking views year-round. There are multiple hiking trails to choose from depending on your skill level. After trekking on the mountain, Dungeness Spit is the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the beach. If you are lucky, you may even be able to catch a glimpse of some whales! After a long day of exploring, Port Angeles offers great places to eat, shop, and stay. 

 

Mount Rainier’s Paradise region is a great place to take a road trip in the winter months! With lots of sledding hills and snowshoeing trails, this is a perfect weekend trip for anyone that loves the snow. Mount Rainier is one of Washington’s most popular road trip destinations for lots of great reasons. Just 60 miles from Seattle, this can be a quick day trip or you can spend the weekend exploring the mountain and doing all of the outdoor activities that the area has to offer. 

 

Take a drive south this winter to visit the Columbia Gorge! Enjoy stunning views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams on your road trip as you make your way along the Columbia River. There are lots of outdoor activities to do, or take a more relaxing approach and spend some time eating and shopping in Hood River. From wine tasting to skiing to hiking, there are so many activities to do in the area. Spend a weekend here and slow down from the stress of the big city. 

 

Chuckanut Drive is the perfect road trip to take if you want stunning views of the water. Start in Burlington and take the scenic 20-mile drive up to Bellingham to spend the day exploring all of the parks and restaurants. Bellingham Bay offers lots of opportunities to explore on the beach and on nearby trails. Oyster Dome is a popular hike in the area that offers stunning views of the bay. After a day by the water, downtown Bellingham has tons of great restaurants and local shops to enjoy.

 

Looking for a quick getaway from the city without going far? Bainbridge Island is just a short ferry ride from Seattle and has lots of locally-owned shops and restaurants, as well as outdoor activities like hiking and nature watching. The downtown area has a small-town charm and incredible options for grabbing a coffee in the morning and having an amazing dinner in the evening. During the day, there are so many beaches to visit and lots of creatures to see.

 

The Olympic National Park is one of the last temperate rainforests in the United States and it is right here in our backyard! It is about a two-hour drive from Seattle and is the perfect opportunity to truly immerse yourself in nature. Take a road trip to explore the stunning hiking trails and miles of coastline while staying in one of the small towns along the way. There are also lots of camping sites if you want the full outdoor experience.

 

A road trip to Whidbey Island has it all! Deception Pass has iconic views and lots of beaches and hiking trails to explore. After you explore, drive down to Coupeville to walk around the small town that has lots of charm and great places to eat. Fort Casey is a great place for the whole family to visit and get a quick history lesson. Langley is another town with locally-owned shops and restaurants to try. In between all of these places are tons of beaches and trails to wander for you to create your own adventure.

 

Mount Saint Helens is iconic in the state of Washington and has unbeatable views. Leave early in the morning to catch the amazing sunrise from the mountain! The three main areas on the mountain - Johnston Ridge, Windy Ridge, and Lava Canyon - offer tons of hiking trails and amazing views. In the warmer months, the wildflowers are a must-see!

 

Spokane is the second-largest city in Washington and has a ton of great things to offer. Starting in the heart of the city, Riverfront Park is a beautiful park just steps away from downtown that makes a great place to spend time outside without having to go far. The downtown area also has lots of great local restaurants and breweries to try out. If you want to get out of the city, there are some great hiking trails at Riverside State Park. Mount Spokane is also a great place to go if you are interested in winter activities.

 

If you love wildlife, especially eagles, take a road trip over to the Skagit River. In the late fall and winter, you can find one of the largest eagle migrations in the country! Located in the North Cascades, some of the best places to see the eagles are along Highway 20 including the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center and Howard Miller Steelhead Park. While you are up there, take the time to explore many of the hiking trails to get even more great views.

 

There is so much to see and do in the San Juan Islands! Once you make the drive up there, take one of the ferry rides to begin your adventure. There are ferries to Orcas Island, San Juan Island, and Lopez Island, and make sure you reserve a spot before you go! Orcas Island is the main island, but take your time and spend a weekend exploring each unique island. There are so many towns to visit and things to do, so you can customize your trip based on the type of activities you enjoy.

 

If you want to make a trip out of Washington without going too far, a road trip to Coeur d’Alene is the perfect getaway. This small town in Idaho is full of great activities for the whole family! Spend a few hours walking around the downtown area and eating at one of the local restaurants before taking a drive along the Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway. This 35-mile drive along the lake has tons of great views of the surrounding nature and there are lots of places to stop and explore.

 

Located on the southern coast, Long Beach is the perfect spot to road trip to in Washington. Take a weekend to relax by exploring the beach and enjoying outdoor activities! Get out on the water to go fishing, clamming, and boating. If you prefer to stay on land, there are lots of trails to explore. The town also has lots of shopping and restaurants with freshly caught seafood.