I'm so glad I found this site :)
I decided I'll take a road trip with my 12-year-old son this Summer. I'd like the trip to be between 7-10 days, we are starting off in Los Angeles & ultimately would like to see Portland & Seattle. We will stop in Santa Cruz to have a meal with my sister (who is currently a banana slug) but would like to continue further north before we turn in for the night. I was hoping Mendocino (I used to vacation there in the summer with my grandparents & haven't been back in 20 years... I can't believe I'm old enough to say that!). I should tell you this now, I am not your "drive 2-3 hours per day" type of girl (my parents own a cabin in West Yellowstone which we drive to straight through [14-16 hours] every Summer). I'd rather reach my destination quickly & just enjoy a meal in a notable or noteworthy town along the way. I don't want to be as militant as the W. Yellowstone drive, but 'ya know what i mean; a good 7-12 hours per day is more our style. I would also like to mention that we'd like to stay at Shasta Lake on our way home for the last 2 days.
As it is now, the trip would go something like this
(I need YOUR help to tell me if it's doable)
day 1: LOS ANGELES >> SANTA CRUZ (5 hr drive) >> MENDOCINO (5 hr drive)
day 2: MENDOCINO >> CRESCENT CITY (4.5 hr drive) >> PORTLAND (5.5 hr drive)
day 3: PORTLAND
day 4: PORTLAND >> SEATTLE (3 hr drive)
day 5: SEATTLE
day 6: SEATTLE >> SHASTA LAKE (10 hr drive)
day 7: SHASTA LAKE
day 8: SHASTA LAKE
day 9: SHASTA LAKE >> LOS ANGELES (8 hr drive)
Okay, so is this doable? Am I overzealous?
Please suggest cities that we must see (& we'll grab a bite to eat) along these routes too :)
I am going to book Air BnB stays, so I want to get this ironed out as soon as I can.