In just 5 days time we will be back on US soil and hitting the road once more ! After our last trip in a car and Motels we are happy to have Simon and Louise [son and DIL] joining us again which means we are back in an RV for this trip. [It becomes much more affordable sharing the RV costs.] Can't wait ! Our entry point is LA and we will spend 1 night on Venice beach before hitting the road. We got a super deal on direct flights from London Heathrow to LAX, which is the main reason for our start point. It's another packed trip as we plan to visit the only two States left in the west we haven't done, Oregon and Washington. [After this one we plan to slow down a bit !!]
So the trip itself takes us from LA up the east side of the Sierra's to Lake Tahoe, stopping in the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine CA for the night on the way. Then it's Lassen Volcanic NP, Burney Falls, Crater Lake, Mt Hood, Columbia River Gorge, Mt Ranier, [via Mt St Helens weather permitting visibility] and up to Olympic NP. We then have 6 to 7 days heading back down the Oregon and Cali coast back to LA.
In between we have a lot of smaller attractions noted to break the journeys up if we find time, but as always, that's at a premium.
We leave from Long Beach airport as we make our way to Lone Pine, hopefully between Noon and 1pm and I am a bit undecided as to which route to take which isn't helped by the fact the ladies would like to get a view of the Hollywood sign. My gut is telling me to head east [I-605/210/15/US395] to avoid some LA traffic, but I am tempted to head up I-110 to 101 and take a quick detour to the Hollywood Bowl.
So the question for those that know is, how slow is LA traffic likely to be heading towards the Bowl around lunchtime, as 'on paper' it's actually quicker than heading out to the east. Also, is there anywhere along 101 where you can easily capture a shot of the Hollywood sign ? I know the Bowl is quite easy to access, but I have seen 'the Hive' on Mulholland drive, anyone know what that road is like for an RV ? It's no big deal I know, but happy wife equals happy life. ;-) The other 2999 miles I am quite comfortable with, but any suggestions welcome.
[Oh yeah, we have the RV for 16 nights]