Road Trip in USA: Brilliant ideas From California to Seattle

November, 2018

If you look at anyone’s “bucket list”, “USA Road Trip” would be near the top and it is an experience that you will not regret having ticked off your list.

Renting a car is key to having the perfect trip. You will have plenty of time to discover the West Coast of USA at your own pace – and the freedom to explore as much or as little as you want!

Los-angeles highway

The Most Important Thing You Need to Bring for A Road Trip In USA

For anyone wanting to do a road trip, car hire is the way to go. It is relatively cheap now to rent a car and is a must if you plan to travel across different states in the USA, especially for the long journey from LA to Seattle.

How to Plan A Road Trip to USA By Car

The best piece of advice we can give anyone planning a trip is to carefully plan it. Work out the places you want to visit, how long it’s going to take to get there, how long you want to spend there, where you can sleep and if you are an adventurer and feeling like embracing the outdoors by camping, do your research!

The USA is a big place and the distance from LA to San Francisco is about the same distance from London to Dublin!

The journey is about 1,135 miles, so be sure to plan out driving times well and allow for plenty of breaks! Also, be sure to bring plenty of essentials for the drive – stop for snacks and have chargers for any devices you use. A good music playlist is always important for road trips!

What to do and See on A Road Trip from California To Seattle

Highlights of the trip

Santa Monica Beach in California – Cycling down to Venice passing the weird and wonderful world of “Venice Beach” where you pass snake charmers, fire eaters and people working out at muscle beach all along the same promenade.


Big Sur – sleeping underneath some of the biggest trees in the world where the concrete jungle of LA seems another world away!

There are so many beautiful national parks to take in along the way. Redwood National & State Park in California is home to some of the worlds tallest trees. As well as this, California is also home to Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls and scenic mountains. With nearly 1,200 square miles of parklands – there is plenty of space to take in the beauty of nature and the vast wilderness of California.

Yosemite National Park

Napa is California’s wine country with dozens of vineyards. With so many to choose from, there is plenty of choices to go tasting and grape stomping – there is a lot to take in!
**Very important message! Make sure you don’t drink and drive! All wine stops must be accompanied by a designated driver.

Las Vegas

Visit a Casino and test your hand at blackjack. Who doesn’t bet when they go to Vegas?

The Las Vegas strip is hard to miss – central to most of the iconic landmarks of Vegas – including the Bellagio Fountains, the Eiffel Tower at Paris, and the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada” sign.

Las Vegas (Nevada, USA), The Strip

Visit a show, some of the best in the world can be found in Las Vegas - there is so many to choose from everyone will find one they will enjoy!

Watch the Bellagio Fountains shoot water 460 feet into the air to over 30 different songs. Similar to this, the Mirage Volcano shows lava erruptions and massive fireball shots on the same street at The Mirage Hotel.


Take a day trip to visit the Grand Canyon, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. You can do helicopter tours as well as walking and hiking (if you are feeling adventurous!)


San Fransisco

Cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge - there is plenty of places to rent a bike at the Golden Gate Bridge. You can cycle yourself or there are a number of tours taking place throughout the day.


Feel like a criminal in Alcatraz – make your way down to Pier 33 for the ferry ride over to the island to see the world-famous prison.

Pier 39 has over 100 restaurants, shops and attractions to take in, as well as street performers, arcades and sea lions hauled on the docks of the pier. The Aqaurium of the Bay is filled with over 20,000 animals, so there is plenty to see!

There are also places to take bay cruises, where you will get a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and, of course, San Fransisco itself!

Pier 39, San Francisco

Take a spin in the city on the famous San Francisco Cable Car system – the world’s last manually operated cable car system.

San Fransisco Cable Car


The Space Needle is one of the most iconic features of Seattle – with a glass floor on the lower level to the glass ceiling on the upper levels, you are sure to see some fabulous views of this amazing city from almost 600 feet up!

Space Needle

Visit the place where coffee shops were born – Starbucks! The original shop is located at 1st and Pike at the Pike Place Market.

Chihuly Garden and Glass celebrates the amazing work of Dale Chihuly. A gallery of glasswork and the amount of colours that is used is not something you see everywhere.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Unwind and relax with a visit to the scenic Olympic National Park. If you are interested in fishing or camping – this is 922,000-acre park is a definite visit for you. Its a great way to end a trip with relaxing walks by the river to unwind after a hectic few weeks of a roadtrip!

Olympic National Park Ruby Beach

Where Will You Be Traveling Next?

Renting a car is essential for freedom and choice when doing a long road trip such as this! There is so much to do and see on a road trip and with a car the options are in the thousands.

We recommend this trip to anyone as the memories will last with you for the rest of your life and you’ll be planning your next road trip before you touch down again back home! The views are endless – there is so many amazing sights to see.

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