Hello Road Travelers:
My wife and I are planning a two-week roadtrip during mid-August through the Northwest, starting from Illinois. However, this is our first time ever doing a roadtrip and we would like some advice, mostly on the routes (we already read a lot of articles in this website but we still have some doubts).
I originally thought of a long-trip that would cover several Northwest states until Oregon, then down to California (got friends there), then back home through Colorado. The thing is there is only 14 days for about 8 or 10 states, and it seems like it will be a rushed trip. So, do you think this is a good idea or should I cover less states but allowing more time for each?
Also, what 'essential' places do you recommend for the Northwest? I already have Yellowstone as a must-see place (almost non-negotiable). We also have interest in Oregon due to some beautiful natural places we saw online, and if possible Washington for the same reason.
Note that we are a young couple (24 and 29) with a preference for natural wonders and the occasional artistic stuff. Though we are somewhat sick of zoos, small galleries and small museums, historic houses, and the like. On the other hand, we would love more 'involving' activities like balloon riding, canoeing, waterparks, fairs, and the occassional theater (even burlesque).
Thanks in advance for your help and we hope to have a good trip.