18 AMAZING places to explore in 2018!

historic-downtown-and-butchart-gardens-victoria-bc-canada-1Listing 18 places to visit and explore in 2018 is harder than it looks.  The good news is that I have already decided to visit Canada, now its time to plan the route.

Since I have started blogging, I have learned so much about travel and specifically RV travel from the various Facebook groups like California RV Camping Group, and Living the Dream.  I have also started following some interesting travelers on Twitter like @Roadtrippers.  Road Trippers offer Road Trip Route Planning on their website roadtrippers.com which I will use for this purpose now.

It pretty easy to use, you start by adding a starting place and a destination, you can add dates if you have them, I chose to leave the date fields blank.  The application builds a map for you, next you can add stops if you choose. It’s easy peasy.

Since I am planning to go to Canada, via Oregon and Washington, I will add Vancouver, British Columbia as my destination.  This application is great, you can add stops along the way, and it will save your route for future use or you can email or share your trip, via email, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter.

Thinking of locations to visit was easy once I got started, as this list will surely grow.

1. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

2. Sea Lion Caves, Florence, Oregon

3. Portland, Oregon

4. Columbia River Gorge, National Scenic Area

5. Victoria, British Colombia, Canada

6. Crater Lake National Park

7. Olympic National Park, Forks, Washington

8. North Cascades National Park

9. Seattle, Washington

1-9 are a single trip, I also plan to visit these locations below which will be short trips.

10. Alabama Hills, California  Old westerns were filmed here back in the day. I would love to explore these hills. And I hear its an awesome place for Ninja Camping on BLM land.

11. Lava Beds National Monument for hiking and exploring.

12. Lassen Volcanic National Park  for hiking and exploring.

13. Catalina Islands, California. I have never been here before, I think I want to rent a house.

14. Murphy’s, California for wine tastings an Domaine Becquet and Hatcher, two of my favorites and lunch or dinner at Alchemy.

15. Calaveras Big Trees State Park for hiking and exploring.

16. Moss Beach, California for hiking and lunch at Moss Beach Distillery.

17. June Lake, California for a weekend of Kayaking and Fishing.

18. Quad riding between Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite, California.

Ok… making this list was pretty easy to do, in fact, I could keep this list going as more places I would like to visit soon keep coming to mind.  The good news for both me and my readers is there are 52 weeks of travel blogs and photo diaries to look forward too.

Have you been to any of these places? Is there something nearby that I should visit, a “Can’t miss!”, please leave me a message.



32 thoughts on “18 AMAZING places to explore in 2018!

  1. Excellent list of places! I’ve never been to any so I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures. You’re so lucky in the USA as each state varies so much it’s almost like visiting a whole different country! Have a fabulous 2018! Nikki x

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  2. I have to confess I have not been to any of the places that you had suggested from your list, although as someone who is always up for new challenges I do admit that I like the sound of Quad riding between Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite, California. I can imagine it being a huge Adrenalin rush, but I also quite like the idea of visiting the Lava Beds National Monument for hiking and exploring.

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    • Yes. You may want to rent a large travel van, or small RV. The US is such a big territory. You can purchase some tents and an ice chest and do a combination of camping and inexpensive hotels on your trip. America is a great place to camp and explore the outdoors. I would suggest visiting the Western US for fantastic camping in the spring, summer or fall. The weather is awesome. Summer July and August can be hot, but it is always perfect along the coast.


  3. This sounds absolutely amazing. I love Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria, and have visited these places many times. I hope to travel soon to Banff in Canada as well!

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  4. Sounds like beautiful places to go explore, I’d love to visit each and every one of them like you! Maybe when I’m an empty-nester ; )
    My older brother is in the Navy and was just relocated to Washington State, just across the bay of Seattle… I’m definitely going there to visit!

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  5. I haven’t been to any of the places you’re going to. But it makes me smile how you are planning and organizing since that’s exactly the way I do it – and everybody is rolling their eyes. I’m not using the site you are mentioning nor an app – I am my own app checking the calender, flights, bus schedules (I’m not driving), attractions, hotels….you name it. I’m practically travelling twice: a couple of weeks before the actual trip on the internet and on paper and then again during the actual trip; twice the fun!

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