I am new here and looking forward to using this forum as I plan an epic road trip for me and my kids (with husband meeting us at three different points in the trip at key locations). For now I am getting ready to practice my solo road tripping with just me and the kids (currently 11, 4, 1). We have done several three week road trips as a family now and love, love, love them!
For this coming trip I will be driving with my kids from the Los Angeles area and meeting me husband in Seattle to finish off our vacation. I am thinking of going part coastal, part inland. I know the coast is an absolutely gorgeous drive - we've done it three times now! We have favorite stops we love, and new adventures are always awesome too. I am thinking of 5-7 days, one of which will be meeting up with a friend in the Portland area for the day (a hike at a falls - the name escapes me). I'd love some help working up an itinerary for this stretch of my trip. We are seasoned road trippers, usually traveling for almost three weeks at a time. BUT, this will be my first solo road trip with the kids. I am hoping to test this out so I can actually extend our three week trips a bit longer while sending my husband back to work!
Then we have rental house in the San Juan Islands for 5 nights to pretty much unplug and relax. After this we have two nights at Great Wolf Lodge (my oldest (11) really, really wants to go - we got a great deal since it is midweek in September so we are gonna go for it). We check out on a Wednesday and have two options:
1) Drive home with my husband. We will need to be home on Sunday, so 4-nights only.
2) Explore a bit more of Washington, or maybe the Gorge area, or near Portland. We can drop him at an airport to fly home on Sunday (either Seattle again, or Portland). The kids and I would then fly down the five home.
Any input on how to handle the last 4-nights of our trip would be awesome!
Talking through the options with other road trippers usually helps me figure things out and get an aha! moment. Thanks in advance for any input you can offer!!!