After getting a lot of help here for a Southwest trip we just finished, we are planning a new trip next May (probably around the middle 2 weeks). This will be about 2 weeks.
The plan is to fly from London to San Francisco, getting to SFO early enough to drive to Santa Cruz that day.
Day 2 is Roaring Camp railway through the Redwoods, then up to San Jose to catch the Starlight to Seattle, so Day 3 is the train ride, getting to Seattle in the evening.
Day 4 is Seattle. I was thinking only one day there, because I want to spend 2 days in Portland - it may sound odd, but I want to have 2 food truck lunches. We can leave Portland after lunch.
We've got no firm ideas for the rest of the trip, although I think that 3 days in San Francisco sounds good.
We're senior citizens, fairly active.
I know that weather is going to be a factor that we can't predict, but I will want to get things locked down and reservations made well in advance. As for budget, sort of mixed luxury and more moderate, but nothing over the top, just nice.
I like good food, but more 'road food' than 'haute cuisine'. As an ex-pat I miss my American food, and we can get fine dining in the UK (although we might try some of the better San Francisco restaurants.
Anyway, I'm mainly looking for routes and stopover places right now.