Hello All...This is my first time on your site and I love it! Such a wealth of information...

Here is my situation. In July I will be driving one way to NJ from OR with my mom and my dog. I want to make the most of this trip as I don't forsee myself driving cross country again in the near future. Hiking will be very limited, but I do want to see as much as I can.

One thought I had was to drive north to the San Juan Islands in WA then plan my trip from there. I have been to the San Juans before, so it isn't a must see on my list (although they are amazing). It also adds about 2 days to the trip by the time you add ferries into the picture.

My other thought was taking the Canadian route east and seeing lots of pretty country that way or going through the northern states and visiting lots of national parks.

Any suggestions on must see sites or suggested routes. I have about 8 to 9 days to play with.

Thanks in advance for your help!