Hi everyone! I'm so glad I found you here!
We are taking a young summer visitor home to Spokane, WA, from the Los Angeles area this summer, and have decided to turn it into a road trip. (Actually I'm tacking on a trip to Legoland in Carlsbad, CA, so for all intents and purposes that's our starting point.) Because my time limit is firm, a more experienced car tripper advised me to "go like hell" to get there, then do our sightseeing on the way back. Problem is we don't want our littlest guest to miss out on too much.
So for 2 adults and 3 kids (11,7,and the 6-year-old Spokanian) here's my plan so far. Obviously we'll have to take I-5 to make the best time.
Day 1 - Carlsbad to Sacramento.
Day 2 - Check out Placerville and Coloma, take the opportunity to show my 11-year-old the places she studied in history last year. Continue on to Eugene, OR (the next third in terms of miles.) Would it be possible to make it to Portland even?
Day 3 - Eugene to Portland, pick up friends, check out Columbia Gorge and Multnomah Falls. Continue to Spokane.
Day 4 - Stay
Day 5 - Leave Spokane to ?. Want to see the Redwood forest, maybe Trees of Mystery Day 5 or 6...is that possible?
Day 6 - ? to San Francisco
Day 7 - Stay.
Day 8 - San Fran to L.A.
Day 9 - Rest!