Me and my girlfriend are planning a trip from Edmonton, Alberta to San Francisco, California this upcoming August. The route which we have chosen is to go down through Washington, stopping at Seattle, then down through Portland and all the way South to San Francisco. Coming back we were planning on crossing over to Yosemite and Lake Tahoe and then going up North through Nevada, Idaho, and Montana.
Our given time frame is anywhere in the realm of 14-18 days; however, with our current plan we have it pegged at about 17 days. Presently we plan to stop in a few national parks in each state on the way South and then just heading back up North in 3 days.
As for interests we mostly hike and do outdoor-type activities and would be interested in things like kayaking or canoeing, but we do also plan on spending a few days in the cities and like to see the sights.
Here is a list of our present plan, which is not set in stone.
The national parks we have chosen are ones which did not extend our route to much whilst also being appealing, as we are inexperienced at planning road trips and are worried that we may be being too ambitious. If someone has suggestions for nicer/ more worth-while stops we are open to suggestions. Thoughts on the time of the trip are also very appreciated.
A rough schedule going down the list would be
Drive to Jasper after work on the Friday
Saturday drive to Sisters place in Oliver, BC and sleep there
Sunday drive to Boulder River Hike in Washington and camp near Seattle
Monday sightsee in Seattle (Activity suggestions in Seattle are well welcomed) Drive to campsite just outside seattle
Tuesday drive to Portland spend day in Portland (Activities to do within Portland also welcomed) and then camp just outside Portland
Wednesday spend day hiking in Columbia river gorge then camp nearby
Thursday drive to Crater Lake and do a short evening excursion and camp in park
Friday spend the day in Crater Lake
Saturday drive to Redwood Park spend day
Sunday drive to Point Reyes and camp there
Monday at Point Reyes/ San Francisco (Activities within San Francisco are also very appreciated)
Tuesday Drive to yosemite and camp there
Wednesday at Yosemite
Thursday Drive to Lake Tahoe, day at Lake Tahoe
Friday day at Lake Tahoe
And Sat, Sun, Mon would comprise the drive back home
Presently we were only really planning to do hikes and possibly paddleboard/ kayak; however, any recommendations for other activities to do in each park would be very helpful. Also if people have hikes in each place which they really love if they could share those as well that would be great!
Sorry if this post was too long or detailed I just wanted to ensure that everyone could critique any errors I've made as I'm sure there are some hahaha. Thanks for any help given!