What ever you Teach, DON'T take ANY of the Portland-Seattle corridors, particularly the I-5. Well, that is unless you like to breath fumes and use your feet when you ride.
The best way to approach Seattle (well, think of an enemy) is to flank it from up North around MT or come around the Coast and cross over on a ferry (which can also be crowded during traffic hours)
I live smack dabb in the middle of this paradise and I can't thank you enough for the bad press.
Yes, we have freeways that go north, south and east, but there are great secondary roads to ride to those same destinations. They make maps for people who wish to ride off the freeways.
I haven't read anyone bashing the Cascade Loop, the Olympic Loop, the North Cascade National Park, Mt. St Helens, Mt. Rainer, the San Juan Islands, Mt. Baker and Lolo Pass.
My only complaint about the Pacific Northwet
is our riding season for steady good weather doesn't start until after the 4th of July. If you want to ride in the Pacific Northwest and have 75 degree weather, no humidity, no bugs and no traffic, visit the great part of the country after Sept. 1. You won't be disappointed. Just saying.
Our hidden jewel is the North Cascades National Park with a 100 miles of ups, downs and turns without a gas station or 7/11. This photo was taken on June 12th 2012.
Oh, over rated roads:
The Black Hills any time in the summer. Lots of campers, bicyclists, bugs and high priced lodging. I am from there, choosing to live in the great Pacific Northwest.
Very over rated: Going to Alaska.