The Pacific Coast Region of the United States is comprised of the states of California, Oregon, and Washington. The pacific coast states are best described by splitting it into the northern and southern sections. The northern section is mountainous, cooler and gets much more rain and the southern section is known for deserts, warn weather and dry climate.
Not only are the climates and landscapes completely different between the northern and southern sections but the travel experiences between the two will also be completely different.
Visiting the Pacific Northwest means seeing lush green old growth forests, snowcapped mountains, beautiful waterfalls, picturesque freshwater lakes and stunning scenery that are all uncrowded.
Some of the activities that are common in the Pacific Northwest are hiking in the mountains, taking a wine tour, kayaking and there is no better place to have coffee on a cold rainy day or any other day for that matter. Walks along the beach are best near sunset where you can watch the sun create silhouettes of the rocky coastline but make sure to bring a light jacket because it might be a little chilly after the sun sets.
Spotting wildlife can include Orca Whales, sea lions, Humpbacked Whales, Elk, Tufted Puffin, sea otters and Bald Eagles.
The best time to visit the Pacific Northwest is between mid-May and mid-October because the weather is warm and there is less rainfall.
There are seemingly endless things to do in sunny Southern California but many first time visitors will want to visit some of the theme parks, people watch at Venice Beach Boardwalk, spend the day at one of the world famous beaches, walk along Hollywood Boulevard, window shop at Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive, tour a movie set, and star gazing (looking for movie stars) but expect most places to a little crowded.
Spotting wildlife can include the sea lions at La Jolla Cove but the best wildlife experience is at the world renowned San Diego Zoo.
While there is no bad time to visit Southern California, consider traveling between October and May because the daytime highs are pleasant and it never gets very cold.