Me and my girlfriend will be doing a month long road trip from Seattle to San Diego in July and August. We've figured out most of our trip already and pretty much booked most of the motels already. At first we wanted to have more freedom and don't do any advance booking, but since it's in the high season and our budget is somewhat limited we decided to book ahead in order to have a nice motel for a reasonable price. Anyway, I've been on a road trip from Seattle to San Francisco before (with a friend in January 2007) so I know a bit, but that was only 2,5 weeks and I want to take different roads know, so I was wondering if this schedule seems like it would be nice trip.
Day 1: Seattle (we fly in from Amsterdam in the afternoon)
Day 2: Seattle
Day 3: Seattle
Day 4: Seattle
Day 5: Seattle - Olympic NP - we stay in Quinault/Amanda Park
We'll do some hiking some in the NP during the day.
Day 6: Quinault/Amanda Park - Olympia
Day 7: Olympia - Mt. St. Helens - Portland
Day 8: Portland
Day 9: Portland
Day 10: Portland
Day 11: Portland - Crater Lake NP - we'll be staying in Prospect, OR
Is this day doable in an enjoyable manner? Or is this rushing it a bit?
Day 12: Prospect - Fortuna, CA/Redwoods Park
Day 13: Fortuna/Redwoods Park - San Francisco
Day 14: San Francisco
Day 15: San Francisco
Day 16: San Francisco - Big Sur
Day 17: Big Sur - Santa Barbara
Day 18: Santa Barbara - LA
Day 19: LA
Day 20: LA
Day 21: LA - Death Valley
Day 22: Death Valley - Las Vegas
Day 23: Las Vegas - Zion NP
Day 24: Zion (day trip to Bryce or Grand Canyon)
Day 25: Zion - Idyllwild, CA
We rented a really nice cabin to do some hiking and relaxing in this area.
Day 26: Idyllwild
Day 27: Idyllwild
Day 28: Idyllwild - San Diego
Day 29: San Diego
Day 30: San Diego
Day 31: fly home
I've already been on the Oregon coast and it's really beautiful, but this time I wanted to see some inland Oregon and avoid the heavy coastal traffic in the process. I've checked Google Maps for driving times and the longest drive (according to GM) would be from Zion to Idyllwild (through Joshua Tree NP) which would take about 8 hours. But I'm experienced driver and have driven many 12+ hour drives in the past, so I'm not worried about it. Most driving days have between 3 and 5 hours of driving, so in theory at least we should have enough time to do some hikes and such.
I've did a lot of searches on this forum and it seems like this schedule would work. Does it have any obvious "faults"? Although we've booked most accommodation already, most of those can still be cancelled. So I'd really appreciate any useful tips. Thanks!