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The West Coast is the Best Coast: Our Summer Roadtrip!


DISCLAIMER: We are (well, I am) pretty darn dorky, so don’t say I didn’t warn ya.

I LOVE roadtrips! My husband and I just got back from a super fun trip down to L.A. and back up the coast with many stops along the way. We were detirmined to make the drive to L.A. in one day. We left our house (in Tacoma) at 3:30 AM on the dot and made it there in just under 18 hours. Go us! :) Here’s a small fraction of the photos (mostly iPhone photos, btw) that document our adventure. IMG_2877.jpg
Washington vacation photographer tacoma photo
We stayed at my aunt’s house for the first leg of out trip and it was most definitely the best stay of the whole trip! I’d give it 5 stars on TripAdvisor but I don’t think she like random roadtrippers showing up at her door for a sleepover. It was so great to spend time with her, and boy were we spoiled! She’s an excellent host. IMG_2881.jpg
Our first couple of days we went to the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, and checked out Hollywood.
Apparently, I am a big fan of movie stars over the age of 75, I never put that together until just now.
Our last day in L.A. we had a slight change of plans because Zach’s friend hooked us up with free tickets to DISNEYLAND! We weren’t planning on going since it wasn’t in our budget, so this made for a very fun surprise! Our passes got us into both Disneyland and California Adventure which we hadn’t been to before. YAY! IMG_3088.jpg
We continued on up the coast via beautiful HWY 1. We were Santa Cruz-bound, but made time for several stops along the way to enjoy the sights. We even found treasure!! X marks the spot! …told ya we were dorky.  IMG_3330.jpg

Seattle travel photographer photoAfter that we arrived to a rainy and foggy San Francisco, which I didn’t know is the norm for this time of year, but we didn’t let that get in the way of our adventures! I even got to visit my good friend and former Boston roomie, Kara! :)


Recognize the house below?!  It’s the official Tanner Residence – the Full House house!
And the grand finale…. Sunriver, OR! Woohoo! This was my first time there, and it just so happened to be our anniversary (3 years already, oh snap)! It was really hot there, we went on a bike ride for a good part of the day and the breeze from biking kept us cool. Then we finished and realized the weather wasn’t cool at all and we were super sunburned :)
Home again and greeted by a beautiful Washington sky. Can’t wait till the next adventure! IMG_4035.jpg



Author: JP Photography

Newborn, Senior and Wedding Photographer

14 thoughts on “The West Coast is the Best Coast: Our Summer Roadtrip!

  1. Aww – looks like you had a fab time. you guys look super cute:-)

  2. I love you guys! Looks like an awesome trip. Happy (belated) Anniversary!

  3. I love documentary/lifestyle photography like this. What a great way to capture your trip! Great photos!

  4. Love this! My husband and I recently went to Japan and I have yet to do anything with the photos! I need to soon!

  5. I’m extra jealous! I need a vacation of some sort for real. Great fun pics! :)

  6. I definitely agree! The west coast definitely is the best coast! Looks like you had such an amazing trip. So many cool photos. I totally want to drive from Vancouver to South California one day!

  7. Aw I love it! It looks like y’all had a blast!!

  8. Wow, that was a great collage of photos, so fun I could feel the excitement myself. I’m so happy you guys had a fabulous trip. Really wonderful pictures and excellent memories for you two. Love you both tons.

  9. Jenn happy late ! 3 years.. wahoo!!!! Looks like an amazing trip!!!!!

  10. I did that exact trip with my family (minus Disney :( ) 10 years ago and it was amazing! You guys look like you had blast!

  11. How fun! I love the way you journaled so much through photos! Great idea!

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