My name is Lisa and my boyfriend Jethro and I are in our 30s, we have no children and we are planning another roadtrip next year, preferably in June or September. We have about 18 days to spend (day of arrival en taking off included, so 16 days of travel).
In 2008 we did a loop from Las Vegas-Bryce-Arches-Grand Canyon-Flagstaff-San Diego-LA-San Francisco-Yosemite-Death Valley-Las Vegas in 21 days, we do not mind driving a lot and we went tent camping. In 2011 we went to NY (5 days) and Florida for 10 days (Orlando (no Disney parks)-Everglades-The Keys-Miami).
Next year we would like to have a similar roadtrip to the one in 2008, but without the camping. The idea we have for the moment:
Day 1: arrival Seattle airport (evening)
Day 2: Seattle
Day 3: Mt Rainier
Day 4:Mt St Helens
Day 5: coast driving to Eugene (is driving the coast doable, it looks like it takes a lot of time to get from Mt St Helens to Eugene if you drive the coast)
Day 6: drive to Crater Lake
Day 7: Crater Lake + Bend (is 1,5 day enough for Crater Lake?)
Day 8: drive from Bend to Ontario or Boise
Day 9: drive to Jackson
Day 10: Grand Teton (is 1 day enough?)
Day 11 and 12: Yellowstone
Day 13: drive to Glacier
Day 14-15: Glacier
Day 16: afternoon drive to Coer díAlene or Spokane
Day 17: morning drive to Seattle
Day 18: morning flight home
Does this sound doable? There is a lot of driving involved, which we donít mind, but we would prefer scenic drives instead of hours of dull driving. We prefer nature/wildlife to towns and cities, we donít like shopping or too touristic visits and we love just to enjoy being in the States. During our roadtrip in 2008 we fell in love with arches, monument valley, the grand canyon but most of all Yosemite park, which one day we will re-visit. Are Grand Teton/Yellowstone/Glacier similar national parks?
I know that planning a roadtrip is very personal and I did look into similar roadtrips from other people, that way I made the above itinerary, but Iím still looking for more information/confirmation/inside tips and tricks.
Are there any must seeís/doís between Bend and Jackson on the one hand and Glacier and Seattle on the other hand?
What is the best time to visit this area, June or September? Our preference is June, we are thinking of arriving June 18th and leaving July 5th, is it doable/fun to spend the 4th of July in Seattle or is it too busy for tourists?
Thank you very much for any ideas/help you might have!
Lisa en Jethro