Hi, roadtrippers! Looking for some assistance in planning next summer's journey. We are a couple in our early 40s with an 8 year old son from NYC. We have created a travel monster (yay) and last year went to California and earlier this year to Arizona, so the road-trip concept is welcomed by all. We're looking at the end of August 2015 - flying from NYC to Vancouver, spending 3 nights there, then train to Seattle, for 2 nights and then picking up a car, heading to Portland (via Mt. St. Helens and Columbia Gorge), spending a night in Portland, then 2 days en route to San Francisco, where we'll spend 3 nights and from where we'll fly home. I'm eyeing 2 nights on the route from Portland to SF - would love to stay on the Oregon Coast and do the dunes, maybe caves, jet boat, etc. and then head south to see the redwoods, Ave of the Giants, ultimately ending in SF proper. I'm aware of the one-way car rental fees, but as of now (maybe b/c it is so far in advance), both Thrifty and Hertz are showing the week at less than $300 (not including all the taxes and such). I realize this may be ambitious, but we're fast paced and totally fine with spending time in the car, stopping along the way to see beautiful sites that we just don't have in NYC. We can't bail on SF as that is my son's "dream" vacation - so keeping that in mind, would love to know what experiences people have had and whether there's a "best" way (or multiple best ways) to do this. We're looking at a total of 11 nights, so the breakdown can be somewhat fluid for now, if my nights are too plentiful in one place. Thanks very much, in advance!!