Hey all. I've been reading these forums in preparation for a summer trip I'm starting to plan and they have been very helpful. I decided to create a new post to try and get some specific advice on the trip I'm trying to create.
I'm planning a road trip with the fam (wife and 2 boys ages 11 and 12). We will fly to Seattle from MD and then spend the next week or so driving to LA. I would like to do the entire vacation in approx 12 days.
While reading earlier posts, I've created a list of places that I'd like to visit. I'm not sure we can visit everything on this list and that's where I'm looking for some advice.
We are an outdoorsy type family, but not a full-fledged camping type family. We'll stay in hotels and probably rent a mini-van in Seattle for the drive. We like to stop and explore, hike, do local activities, and be adventurous. We love waterfalls and other natural scenic places. Here's the list of places I'd like to visit.
Columbia river gorge
Mt. Ranier and/or Mt. St. Helens
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (maybe)
Oregon Coastline (best part. which is what?)
Redwood National Park
I want to stay in Seattle for 2 days at the beginning of the trip, San Francisco area for 2 days, and then LA for 2 days. My wife and I have never been to Seattle or LA. We have friends in LA that we would visit otherwise I would probably just go home when we got there. :)
Anyone want to take a crack at what our itinerary should be taking those places to visit into account? Anything we should skip or add? Anything you would consider can't miss?
Thanks in advance for any advice!