If you like rugged natural beauty and not a lot of traffic, it just might be.

Are you the type of rider who also enjoys spending time in nature? Do you find it most enjoyable when you can combine your love of riding with your love of the great outdoors with seeing some of the glorious natural vistas that you’ve never seen before? If that’s you, then chances are excellent that you’re already familiar with moto traveler and vlogger Amanda Zito, and her YouTube channel, As the Magpie Flies. 

In June 2023, she’s been posting videos from a trip she took earlier this year along an incredibly scenic route that’s on many a rider’s bucket list: the Pacific Coast Highway. Her plan was to ride the PCH starting in San Diego, California, and keep going all the way until she reached Seattle, Washington. Sounds like a good plan, right? 

Carte Hotel San Diego Downtown, Curio Collection By Hilton

Conveniently located in San Diego, Carte Hotel San Diego Downtown, Curio Collection By Hilton offers air-conditioned rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, free WiFi and a fitness centre. Offering a restaurant, the property also has a bar, as well as a sauna and a hot tub. Private parking is available on site. The rooms at the hotel come with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. All rooms have a private bathroom with free toiletries, while some boast city views.


Remember the seemingly never-ending atmospheric rivers, flooding, landslides, and otherwise terrible weather that much of California experienced in March 2023? As luck would have it, that’s when Zito was traveling—so in the first couple of videos in the series, her plans (and everyone else’s) had to adapt.  

In this video, she’s wrapping up the end of her trip, riding along the Oregon coast and taking in some much-needed calm and crashing waves along the coastline. The moody atmosphere and greenery almost take on a mystical quality in some of her footage, and it’s not at all difficult to see why she thinks that this might be the best (and perhaps most overlooked) part of the Pacific Coast Highway. 

Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle, an IHG Hotel

Furnished in rich tones reflecting the nearby Washington Wine Country, rooms offer a flat-screen TV, in-room safe, and minibar. Premium bath amenities, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, and bathrobe are included.


Near Cape Perpetua, there’s a popular natural phenomenon and tourist destination called Thor’s Well, which is also referred to as the drainpipe of the Pacific. As its nickname implies, it very much appears to be draining the sea, although of course it’s not doing any such thing. Still, the effect is undeniably mesmerizing, and Zito shows us both Thor’s Well and a group of tourists admiring it in this video. (The people-watching opportunities are likely almost as endless as the drainage appears!) 

In any case, if you’re the type of rider who seeks to calm your inner turmoil on your bike, it’s rides like this that are sometimes the most restorative of all. Although Zito didn’t get quite as far as she wanted on this journey, she looks forward to doing more in the future—and of course, to her next ride in general.