We are taking a cruise from LA to Seattle in May of 2011 and being the amateur photogs that we are, we would like to drive home to San Diego after the cruise, in about 3 days.
We have grown up in CA so we are not as interested in stopping along Highway 1 or SFO, etc. We've been to Napa, Monterey, SB, etc. However, we've never really been north of Stockton and we plan to stay on I-5 predominantly due to work/time contraints.
Where are the most scenic places to stop or take a small detour off of I-5 between Seattle and Stockton? DH and I will probably get off the ship on a Saturday and drive as far south as we feel like (about 400 miles?) with 1-2 hour stops as we can for photography. Then overnight and drive once more on Sunday with short stops till we get to about Sacramento. Then we figure we'll take I-5 straight home to San Diego with only bathroom or food breaks since I know it's all desert and cows from there on out.
I'd appreciate any suggestions for small 1-2 hour detours at most in WA, OR or Nor CA off I-5 for the first 2 days!