I’ve been reading old posts and doing my own research here but it is just confusing me even more. So heck, I’m gonna post this up and hopefully someone can help.
We’re planning MN to Montana to Seattle to Napa to Pacific Coast Highway to Santa Barbara to Albuquerque to Springfiled, MO back to MN. Time set for this is 3 weeks, as of now we are looking at late April to mid-May. These are the major cities we want to hit….along with all the smaller stops we’ll be making along the way.
Montana - I’d like to see Glacier National Park but if we’re there in late April…is most of the park even open? I checked their website and it said some roads will be open while others are closed. If some roads are closed, is it even worth the time to go there? That’s a concern for me. Also, is it still too cold to camp in late April? We are both avid campers so we most likely will camp when we can.
My husband grew up in Missoula and hasn’t been back since childhood so we’d like to spend some time in Missoula as well. Maybe a day at the most. Does it make more sense to drive to Glacier first and then south to Missoula? From there our next destination is Seattle. Let me know your thoughts.
We’d like to spend maybe a day or two in Seattle…no major plans of what to do yet so I will have to research that. My husband mentioned something about a ferry around Seattle we can take…I have no idea what he’s talking about. Does anyone know? Or maybe he is talking about a ferry in Oregon?
From Seattle, we want to drive south thru Oregon...eventually making our way to Napa, CA. We will do the whole wine tasting in Napa then go to SF. From SF we want to take the Pacific Coast Highway all the way down to Santa Barbara…taking our time and stopping along the way, camping, lodging, whatever is available…. I’d like to see Big Sur, Carmel, etc… From Santa Barbara, we will head east and into northern part of AZ, not sure how far Grand Canyon is from there so I will have to research more. Then from there eventually get to Albuquerque, NM. We’ll wrap up our trip with a stop in Springfield, MO and then make our way back home to MN.
So…for all you experts…does this ‘rough’ trip route look ok for 3 weeks? There’s still much research done as far as lodging, routes, scenic drives, what to do, etc… We’re both pretty active people, we like to camp…he’s a fisherman so he will probably bring along a fishing pole & supplies (I told him he cannot drag the 22 ft boat with us!) :D. I am a photographer so any of those must-see spots…give them to me.
Question about PCH-
How many days should I set aside for this? We want to take it slow and enjoy the journey….stopping along the way in some of those cities.
I will probably have a ton more questions…