In mid September my wife and I (both aged 65yrs) plan to hire a car in San Francisco and drive to Seattle then bus or train to Vancouver (Canada). The drive to Seattle would be spread over five days with one full day in Grants Pass, Oregon (my g-grandmother lived there in the 1920s!). We'd like to see a variety of scenery -coastal, a redwood forest, mountains - and a variety of towns.
We don't expect top of the range accommodation but nor do we want to be staying at the 'bottom of the heap' motels! We don't particularly want to be on six-lane highways all the way but we don't want to be getting lost on 'off the beaten track' country lanes. Since we live in Australia, our knowledge (so far!) of the California/Oregon/Washington states is via Google Earth.
Any suggestions about bus/train from Seattle to Vancouver (Canada) would be appreciated.
We need advice on a route that will satisfy our interest in a variety of environments! Help PLEASE!!