Hi We're going to Portland first then heading to Nehalem Bay(North of Tillamook) for a few days of camping. We've done this drive before via the I-5 but this time we wanted to vary the route a bit.
I also just heard there will be major construction on a section of the I-5 in Seattle so we're thinking to avoid Seattle as much as possible. I was reading on this forum about going via Mt. Vernon/Whidbey Island/Port Townsend then down the Peninsula. I'm just wonderinf if we should do this route on the way down when we have more time or if it's possible or preferable to do it on the return trip when we have to be home by that night. We have two small children so I'm not sure how much this will slow us down and if there will be much of interest for them to see. Any other route suggestions that would be interesting but not too too slow.
I'm also hoping to visit Astoria sometime on the trip and Camp 18 was recommended to me. Any feedback and suggestions on these sites and experiences would be appreciated!