I have made the trip from the Bay Area to the Pacific Northwest more times than I can count and it's always been the same: hit the road early, stop at the Olive Pit (a family favorite) and drive all the way to Seattle in one long stretch.
A few notables if you venture to Camas with friends or family:
- Beacon Rock Trail. Stunning and a must-see. About an hour, steep in some places.
- Thunder Island Brewing Co. You can sit by the Columbia River and nosh on fine fare.
- 360 Kitchen & Bar A pleasant surprise with gourmet-chef worthy dining.
- Burgerville. 518 NE 3rd Ave, Camas, WA 98607. Seasonal menu addition: Walla Walla onion rings. Wow.
Every once in a while a detour becomes a huge blessing and in my case, a pretty mind-blowing one at that. It's time to move on but the view from Beacon Rock is indelibly etched into my memory and a "greatest hit" from the Summer Roadtrip of 2016.