The northwestern states of the U.S.A., along with the stretch of Pacific coastline in Canada’s province of British Columbia, constitute a region known as the “PNW” or Pacific Northwest. This area is known for progressive and modern cities, stunning old-growth forests, beautiful mountains, rugged coastlines, and friendly people. For those that live nearby (or even if you’re coming from far away), plenty of affordable destinations can be found in this region for a good weekend trip. Or, if you have a full week, why not combine several of the destinations together?
Niagara Falls is one of the world’s great natural wonders. Tourists have been taking in the sights and sounds of these gigantic falls since the construction of the Erie Canal in 1825 made the region easily accessible for the first time. And travelers on a budget will be happy to learn that you can enjoy the views, hikes, picnic areas, and many local attractions for free.
If you’re captivated every time you see pictures of Canada’s vast, beautiful landscapes and the vibrant cultural events in the cities, or hear about some of its rich and fascinating history, then what are you waiting for? Summer is the best time to visit most regions of Canada, especially with the freedom of a self-drive holiday.
On a Sunday in late July, I set off for the trip of a lifetime with my boyfriend, Shane, and his friend, Patrick, from Germany. We were going to be on the road for about a month, making our way through destinations in the U.S. and Canada. The route was roughly planned, and we were going to be joined by Patrick’s friend, Helena, partway through, but the rest of it was a serendipitous adventure. We had no idea who we might meet or what oddities we would come across, but we were prepped and ready for life on the road.