Hello I am planning a trip for our family for September. We love road trips and go often. I have been able to use countless suggestions for routes by simply searching this forum, thank you all. I have a few aspects to this trip that have made my planning rather challenging and need some input.
My wife and I will be taking our 5 and 10 year old children. We will be traveling in our 1985 26ft Class C. Though shes old, she has a new motor and is in tip top shape! We prefer the shorter drive (4 hour), more stops, more sites type of road trip, but we have and can make the 23+hour straight trips too (though, the wife doesn't like it so much). Last September we did a 3500 mile loop to Texas and back, it was the best ever road trip!!! one for the books. We love big cities (though the Class C makes them hard) and we love the wilderness/mountains.
That said, we meeting friends in Yellowstone Sept 15-19.
Also, I want the ride home to be about 4 hours or less drive a day from Seattle, down Columbia River Gorge to portland, eugene, to coast, and down pch/hwy 101 along coast through redwoods to Stockton, Ca. - points of interest or must stay destinations and input would be greatly appreciated. - Im thinking this would be 6-8 days? maybe thats too much, or not enough?
We considered 2 days driving first to Rushmore, taking a day, then a day to yellowstone and taking the slow road home. 3 weeks is too much time away, 2-2 1/2 weeks is the sweet spot, but were flexible. I fear we wouldnt have enough time for the drive home. We would miss the Grand Tetons. Im thinking maybe we put off Rushmore for another trip next year (maybe on the way to New York??;). and plus that's another 16 hours of driving and gas $ we could save.
I think we should drive to Salt Lake and stay a night, then up hwy89, stay a night in Tetons and arrive on day 3 or 4 in Yellowstone. Stay 4 days in Yellowstone and begin the drive home on day 7 or 8. This would give us 6-10 days to make it home.
What would you suggest???
Questions about the drive home:
Do we take the low road through Twin falls and Boise, Id?
Do we take the High road through Montana and Spokane?
Thanks for your input, Blessings.