West Coast Road Trip Day 1

Road Trip! Camping and s’mores in the mountains with the Mustang

To start our west coast road trip we left Seattle and picked up our Mustang convertible at Sea-Tac which we hired through Alamo. Online check in made the process really quick and we were soon on our way! Our first stop was the Olympic Peninsula visiting the Olympic National Park and some of the surrounding towns. We heard that Olympic National Park is like no other in the variety it offers and it did not disappoint! During our short time there we hiked in the mountains, kayaked in the sea and wandered around an ancient rainforest.

Follow the West Coast Road Trip posts to find out what we got up to on our way from Seattle to Las Vegas.

Day 1 – Seattle to Port Angeles

Our first stop on the peninsula was Port Townsend, a very picturesque town a 2 hour drive from Sea-Tac via the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Which is a very impressive bridge actually and we had never heard of it, by British standards it was huge!

Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Washington State

When we arrived in Port Townsend we found a cafe to have lunch at called Quench. We sat on the decking at the back of the building which overlooks the bay. Richard had a Rodeo Burger and I had a Spanish Grinder and the portions were massive but also really tasty!

We could have stayed there all afternoon but as two wasps tried to join us and we had more miles to cover we really did have to leave. Our next stop was a quick visit to the Walmart in Sequim, we would be camping for the next two nights and hadn’t brought our camping equipment.

Tip:

For anyone else thinking of camping while in the USA after a long haul flight I’d recommend buying your equipment there if you’re short on luggage space. We got a 4 man tent, airbed, sleeping bags and some beer and snacks all for a little over $100.

After we had our supplies we headed for our first campsite, Heart O the Hills. This site is perfectly placed for exploring Hurricane Ridge and is $20 for the night which you pay in an honesty box on site.

Camping at Heart O' The Hills Campsite in Olympic National Park

We knew we would be pushing it to get back down from the Hurricane Hill trail before sunset so we set up camp before heading up – it’s definitely worth the drive up for the views.

Blue skies and mountain views on the Hurricane Hill trail, Olympic National ParkView from the Hurricane Hill trail in Olympic National Park, WashingtonDSC_1049Wildlife, deer, on the road up to hurricane ridge in Olympic National Park

One thing we didn’t buy on our trip to Walmart was something for dinner, we ended up with takeaway pizza from Dominoes in nearby Port Angeles. This is a short drive from Heart O the Hills and very handy if you want a quick dinner. We did buy ingredients to make s’mores though which we tried after our pizza, it’s something we had to try after seeing it on so many American shows. After all the hype, we weren’t that impressed really. Sorry America!

Any tips on making the best s’mores, is it something we should give another chance?

pinterest image, Day 1 Seattle to Olympic National Park. USA West Coast Road Trip