I have been looking at the many posts you have on the site to help me plan a family road trip from San Francisco to Vancouver this coming September.
Before you say, I know this isn't the conventional direction to travel but due to flight costs (coming from UK), it works out cheaper this way!
We have 15 nights in which to complete the trip and have a rough idea of an itinerary, we just wanted to get your views on it and welcome any alternative suggestions you may have.
So here it goes....
2 nights in San Fran, travelling to Fort Bragg via Napa valley. Fort Bragg for 1 night and onto Crescent City via the Redwood NP. Crescent City for 1 night travelling onto Crater Lake- we wondered whether we would get better value for money staying along at Diamond Lake? From there onto Bandon for one night then north along the coast, stopping at Newport for a night and then Seaside or Cannon beach for a night.
We have a dilemma now as cannot decide whether to carry on up the coast and round Olympic NP for 2 nights, or, travel inland to Mt St Helens and Mt Rainier NP for 2 nights, before carrying onto Seattle.
We intend to stay 3 nights in Seattle then get the train up to Vancouver for the final 2 nights of the trip.
We know this is an ambitious trip but we are travelling with seasoned road trip pros (parents!) and have looked at mileages etc. What we would like are any suggestions or recommendations (places to stay, hidden gems etc.). The number of nights we have planned for the stops and locations are fairly fluid but the time we have is fixed as the flights are booked!
We thank you in anticipation!