I'm Lionel from Paris - France - With my wife and 2 sons - 11 & 24 yr - have planned a 4 weeks road trip between Seattle and SF. It's kinda "8" loop that you can see below.
We've made all the bookings and are now getting down into the nitty gritty. We are after nice day hikes, "must see" / "must do" spots, but also cool places and opportunities for us to meat people from over the atlantic ... which, btw, is the reason why I post on a US forum. We are also pretty much into music, and we like food , wine and cooking, so will also be after farmer's markets, wine makers (not necessarly from the most known places BTW ) ...
So, any comments, advice, suggestions or experience to share ... about this trip will be much appreciated. OK, now ... the trip :
30/6 Flight to Seattle - night in Seat
1/7 Get the vehicule - Seattle museum of flight - Night in Seattle
4/7 Seattle to Mt Rainier Paradise - Hopefully via Sunrise for a hike if accessible
5/7 Mt Rainier - hike - night in Paradise (well ...)
6/7 Mt Rainier > Mt St Helen for a hike > night in Longview
7/7 (My wife's birthday !!! ) Longview > Portland (farmer's market)> Newport - night in Newport
8/7 Newport (aquarium, worth it ? )> Coos Bay - Night in Coos Bay
9/7 Coos Bay > Klamath
10/7 Redwood NP - Klamath
11/7 Klamath > Fort Bragg
12/7 Fort Bragg > Bodega Bay > Pt Reyes > San Francisco via US 1 - night in SFO
Alternate plan would be rd 128 Anderson Valley , Sonoma Valley, but it bugs me to miss that part of US1 ...
15/7 SFO > Sacramento , old town / Railroad museum > Lassen Mineral Lodge
16/7 Mineral > Lassen NP SW geothermal > Cindercone, hike it > Burney - Night in Burney
17/7 Burney > Crater lake - Burney falls - via Mt Shashta OR via Lava Beds - Night at Crater Lake
18/7 Crater Lake - Rim road + hike TBD - Night at Crater Lake
19/7 Crater Lake > Bend - TBD : Cascade Lakes scenic bwy / Newberry NM / both ? - night in Bend
20/7 Hike (TBD) in the Three Sisters area . Night in Bend
21/7 Bend > john Day Painted Hills > John Day Clarno (or northbound from Fossils, Condon, Wasco) > The Dalles - Night in The Dalles
22/7 The Dalles > Columbia historic HWY>Multnomah Falls > Astoria - TBD : Route via Cannon Beach or follow the Columbia river up to Astoria
23/7 Astoria > Olympic lake Quinault - night at lake Quinault
24/7 Lake Quinault > Ruby Beach > Hoh rain Forest > Riato Beach - Night near Rialto B (Olson's Cabins)
25/7 Rialto B. > Hurricane ridge - hike > Port Angeles - Night in Port Angeles
26/7 Port Angeles > Port Townsend ferry> possible stopover to see the San Juan Islands ??? > North Cascades - Night in Marblemount
27/7 28/7 - Hike in the Noth Cascades NP - based in Marblemount
29/7 Marblemount > Seatac - Flight to Paris
Here we are ... please don't be shy
Looking forward to reading you ...