I am Hannah from PA and I am newly registered on the Forum. I have already printed out a lot of information from previous discussions! We are indeed planning a 3 week trip to Seattle-Washington State-Yellowstone this summer, and I found many advice in a 2007 discussion : it really helped me to plan the beginning of my trip (First 3 nights in Seattle, then take the ferry from Seattle to Brainbridge, then a night in Port Angeles, then 2 nights at Lake Quinault.)
Now I would like to plan the rest of the trip to Mt St Helen-Mt Rainier before we head to MT. Ideally we would like to go to Glacier National Park, then we will finish our trip with 6 days in Yellowstone (already booked).
Can we do Mt St Helen and Mt Rainier in one day, departing from Lake Quinault? or is it too much? We have 2 young kids (2 and 4), so we won't be hiking, just getting there, walking a bit and watching. But on the other hand we don't want to drive too much in one day, so I always try to keep a balance between road trip (approx. 300 miles a day max.) and fun for them!
After Mt Rainier (1 night), I was thinking of making 2 stops on the road to Glacier National Park. What places would you recommend for a stop on the road ? Spokane ? Coeur d'Alene ? Then we would love to visit the Flathead Reserve, go to Glacier NAtional Park (3 days in total) and we will drive to Yellowstone to spend the end of our trip.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer my message.