I've been reading this forum quite a bit, and I must say that it is great! Thanks to all of the contributors.
Anyways, on to my question(s). I will be headed on a roadtrip along the pacific coast this summer (2 weeks - June 28 through Jully 11). We, three guys in the mid-twenties, will begin in San Francisco, drive along the coast (1, 101, etc.) through Oregon up to the olympic peninsula, over to Seattle, then back to SF. Now, I have a pretty good idea of where we'll be going and what we'll be doing, and I thank all of you (Judy, Larrison, etc.) for the great suggestions!
My dilema is a timing thing. One of the guys that is going with us will be flying back home on July 7 (morning) out of Seattle. As such, we will have 9 days to get to Seattle from SF and then 5 days to get back to SF (probably via an inland mountain route and I-5). To be more specific, here is the general plan of the trip in chronological order:
-from SF, travel on 101 to and visit some of the Russion River Vally wineries
-head to the coast and travel north along 1/101 visiting coastal towns
-Ave of the Giants and the Lost Coast
-Stay on 101 up through CA into OR visiting more coastal towns
-After Gold Beach, take Rogue/Illionis river roads via Agness/Powers/Coquille
-Get back to Bandon and continue north on 101
-Coos Bay, the Dunes, Newport, Lincoln City
-Take route 18 up through Willamette Valley wineries to Portland
-Spend some time in Portland (1-2 days)
-travel back to coast (Tillamook) via route 6
-head up 101 through Seaside to Astoria
-cross the bridge into WA and travel north on 101 to the Olympic Peninsula
-Quinault, Kalaloch, Ruby Beach, Hoh rain forest, Hurricane Ridge, etc.
-spend some time in Seattle (1-2 days) and say farewell to friend
The general plan above should consume 9-10 days. Again, we will then have 5 more days to travel back via route 5 and various mountian (Rainer, Crater Lake, etc.) routes.
My concern is how we will allocate out time during the first part (June 28 - July 7) of the trip. In particular, when and where will we decide to set up camp (if camping) or check into the motel/hotel? Should we make reservations? I think I want to spend half of the nights camping and the other half in hotels. Now, I could really use your help with this. Given my general route (above), can anyone suggest when and where to camp? Which campgrounds are awesome, and would be more ideal than a hotel given the incredible scenery of the Pacific Northwest? Or, which towns (or areas) would it be better to just stay in a hotel for the night? Also, see that we have limited time, are there certain towns/ares that we should just pass on by?
I do appreciate you input! (Sorry for the novel - thanks for reading)