I am planning a round the country trip and have most of the route planned at this point and I am trying to fill in a few final holes.
My family and I will be visiting Yellowstone through a Wednesday and need to be at Redwood National Park mid day on Sunday, which gives us three days and a little extra time to get there. I have looked at the maps and come up with three possible routes, but don't know much about any of them. If anyone could comment on them or make other suggestions, I'd appreciate it.
1: Head north through Bozeman and Butte, then west to Spokane and down to Portland and then down to Redwood.
2: Head west through Idaho (American Falls, Twin Falls, Boise) and on to Ontario Oregon, and go on the south side of the mountain range through Burns and Riley to Bend, then down 97 to Crater Lake, into Ashland, and on to Redwoods.
3. Same as 2 only using the north side of the mountains through Praire City and Canyon City to get from Ontario to Bend.
4. Same as 2 only at Ontario, stay on 84 around to Portland and then down to Redwood through Eugene.
I am with my family (wife and 3 children 3 to 11 years old). We like scenic drives, and fun places to stop. I like the idea of going to Bend and Ashland and Crater Lake, but I'm a little nervous about options 2 and 3 because the area before Bend seems so desolate - I'm sure it isn't actually, but it looks like that looking at a map.
If anyone has any experience with these routes or any opinion on which way to go, I'd appreciate it.