Soon-to-be first time road tripper here. I've been reading this forum and taking in all the stories and good advice. I'm planning to do two weeks in July/August from San Francisco up the Pacific Coast to Vancouver and back. Doing it solo, camping out of my car every night.
I've been spending a lot of time planning this! I'm nervous of course, but can't wait - of course.
Planning to stay at KOA campgrounds as much as I can, for safety and showers. Will stay at a hostel for one night in Vancouver, then come back. I'm planning to spend a night camping at the Mahak Reservation in Washington State, which should be amazing.
I've been reading about the best places to visit and am planning on Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Eureka, Redwood National Park, Bandon, Oregon Dunes, Newport, Depoe Bay, Devils Punch Bowl State Park, Cape Lookout Park, Tillamook (especially the cheese and ice cream factory), and Astoria. These are all in Northern CA and Oregon, I'm going to split them up between the trips there and back.
Once I get into Washington, I'll be driving on the 101 North to Port Angeles. I would love to hear suggestions for sightseeing along the way. Definitely planning on Olympic National Park, especially the Hoh Rain Forest.
The theme of this trip will be hiking, seeing beautiful/unusual stuff, and some photography.
Driving an older car without air conditioning, so I'm hoping that sticking close to the coast will make things not too bad. I am a little worried about car camping as a younger woman traveling alone, thinking of buying a taser. I've been reading around here and have seen that women do this kind of thing all the time, though.
I'd be happy to hear any advice or encouragement. Thanks all!