There are many reasons to plan and take a road trip with Google Maps like you don’t have to pay for anything, you can stop wherever you wish to, you can add many places where you would like to visit, you can see the breathtaking views, you can have a perfect ride with your friends and family, etc. There is something special about the road trip where you can relax and you will have freedom. We are here to help you with the best route for the Olympic and St Helens road trip. This road trip includes parks like Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, and Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park encompasses nearly a million acres and the park protects thousands of human history, a vast wilderness, many different ecosystems that include old-growth temperate rainforests, glacier-capped mountains, and more than 70 miles of wild coastline. Just hop into the car to check out the beautiful scenic drives like the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, Hoh River Road, Cape Flattery Scenic Byway, Nail-Biting Obstruction Point Road, and few other routes that take you to the peninsula’s diverse landscape. There are almost eight kinds of plants and fifteen kinds of animals found only in the Olympic Peninsula and nowhere else in the world. You will at least need two days to explore this national park.
The five best road trips and scenic drive to the Olympic National Park are
- Island-Hopping Pacific Northwest National Park Road Trip
- Olympic Peninsula Loop Road Trip From Seattle
- Pacific Northwest Loop Road Trip Starting in Portland
- San Francisco to Seattle Road Trip
- Tacoma to Mt. Rainier and Olympic National Parks Road Trip
Mount Rainier National Park
If you want to take a drive to Mount Rainier National Park, you will have to check the road conditions of the Washington State Department of Transportation and Mount Rainier National Park before your departure. You will at least need one whole day to complete visiting all the loops of the park. The best driving tours in this park are like
- Circle Mt. Rainier
- Scenic Byways Loop
- The Road to Paradise
- Whitepass Scenic Byway
- Mt. Rainier Road Trip
- West Side Loop
- Chinook Scenic Byway
The roads in Mount Rainier were mainly built to enhance the park experience. The park roads lead you to the landscapes and the curves of the roadshow the spectacular views. The perfect way to explore this park is by taking a road trip.
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument erupted on 18th May 1980, at the time of 8.32 in the morning. It was shaken by an earthquake that measures up to 5.1 on the Richter scale and the north side of the tall symmetrical mountain was collapsed in a rock debris avalanche. Sometime later, the slab of the rock and ice shut forcefully into the Spirit Lake and crossed the ridge about 1,300 feet high, and moved 14 miles down to the Toutle River. The forest which was about 230 square miles was blown down beneath the volcanic deposits. The mushroom-shaped column of ash rose thousands of feet skyward and drifted downward, which turned the day into night, and the grey ash fell over eastern Washington and beyond.