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FROM SEATTLE TO MOUNT BAKER ON A 10-DAY ROAD TRIP

An epic road trip from Seattle that hugs the Pacific Northwest coast before heading inland to the snowy wastelands of Mount Baker and the conifer-clad North Cascade Mountains

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – THE ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP ITINERARY

There’s only one way to explore Northern California and that’s on a road trip in a camper van for two – find out how in our epic 15-day itinerary

HOW TO EXPLORE SAN FRANCISCO WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK

To explore San Francisco shouldn’t have to cost you a fortune. Here’s our budget guide to seeing the best of what the “City by the Bay” can offer

HOW TO PLAN AN ESCAPE TO ALCATRAZ

San Francisco’s iconic Alcatraz Island attracts more than one million visitors each year – here’s how to plan a relatively crowd-free escape

WHY USING A BEAR BOX IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

Using a bear box in a camp site to store food is a potential lifesaver for a hungry bear in many Northern American national parks – here’s why

THE GIANT TREES OF SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK

Home to the world’s largest tree, Sequoia National Park is truly a Land Of Giants – here’s our guide on how to see the best of what it has to offer

HOW TO EXPLORE THE BEST OF YOSEMITE VALLEY IN THREE DAYS

Our first-timer’s guide to discovering the best of the majestic Yosemite Valley in three days, including the best day hikes, when to go and how to avoid the crowds

SEARCHING FOR ORCAS WITH AN ANACORTES KAYAK TOUR

Number one on our Washington State wildlife wishlist was to come face-to-face with a killer whale – and with a resident population of orcas, an Anacortes kayak tour was an obvious choice

THE COMPLETE SKAGIT BREWERY GUIDE FOR THE THIRSTY TRAVELLER

Sample the best craft beers and breweries in Washington’s Skagit Valley with our complete guide to set you on your way – providing first-hand information on each Skagit Brewery and where you’ll find them

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HIKING NEAR DECEPTION PASS

There are plenty of opportunities for hiking near Deception Pass in Washington State, so which ones are best suited to you? Here’s our round-up of what’s on offer in this beautiful corner of the USA

WHERE WE’VE STAYED

ANACORTES

Anacortes house sitting assignment Our housesit in Anacortes
5 months
December 2017 to May 2018

SEATTLE

Airbnb – room in private apartment

Nights
2

Cost
US$40 per night

Rating ****
Friendliness 4 Cleanliness 5 Location 4 Comfort 4 Facilities n/a Food n/a Value for money 3

Airbnb link
Click here

OAKLAND

Airbnb – room in private room

Nights
3

Cost
US$90 per night

Rating **
Friendliness 3 Cleanliness 3 Location 2 Comfort 3 Facilities 3 Food n/a Value for money 2

Airbnb link
Click here

PFEIFFER BIG SUR CAMPGROUND

Pfeiffer Big Sur CampgroundNights
2

Cost
US$35 per night

Rating ****

Website

KIRK CREEK CAMPGROUND

Kirk Creek Campground, Big Sur, CaliforniaNights
1

Cost
US$35 per night

Rating ****

Website

POTWISHA CAMPGROUND

Potwisha Campground, Sequoia National Park, CANights
1

Cost
US$22 per night

Rating ***

Website

LODGEPOLE CAMPGROUND

Lodegpole Campground, Sequoia National Park, CANights
1

Cost
US$22 per night

Rating *****

Website

SENTINEL CAMPGROUND

Sentinel Campground, Kings Canyon National ParkNights
1

Cost
US$18 per night

Rating ****

Website

SUMMERDALE CAMPGROUND

Summerdale Campground, Fish Camp, CANights
4

Cost
US$32 per night

Rating ****

Website

SUGAR PINE POINT STATE PARK CAMPGROUND

Sugar Pine Point State Park Campground, Lake Tahoe, CANights
3

Cost
US$35 per night

Rating ***

Website

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