Gday everyone, we are planning to to a road trip from Seattle to San Fran, Yosemite, Las Vegas, Yellowstone, Mt Rushmoe to Denver.
First can i congratulate everyone associated with this site, from the mods to the posters, great work and very informative.
I am seeking anyone's advice on where to go, what to do etc etc, as well as any comment on what we should do different, all advice greatly appreciated.
We will be picking up a hire car after doing an Alaskan cruise and after seeing Seattle plan on heading south in late September.
The places and dates i've highlighted in red are already booked by our travel agent, the rest of the dates we are free-wheeling and are pretty flexible of where and when we go, sort of.
28 Sept- 30 Sept 3nights Seattle - San Fran.
Day 1Leave Seattle and head to MtStHelen, then continue onto Astoria or futher if possible.
Day 2 Travel down Oregon coast on the 101 to Bandon, Brookings or even Crescent City.
Day 3 Travel through the Redwoods ie Jedediah Smith, RedwoodNP and Humboldt. Once we get to Leggett should we continue along 101 or head down CA1? Any suggestions where to stay along this section?
I know it is a rushed trip down, but we only have 3 days. If any one would like to suggest a different route i would love to hear.
1 Oct- 3 Oct 3 nights San Fran
Any suggestions on what we shouldn't miss?
By the way, is it worth taking a day drive down Big Sur, or will we not see much different spectacular scenary than what we would have just experienced?
4 Oct 1 night Yosemite.
Head to Yosemite and then stay the night in Oakhurst.
5 Oct 1 night. Sequoia
Is the easiest and quickest way to Sequoia via Fresno? From Sequoia we would futher south to somewhere near Bakersfield, any ideas?.
I know this has been asked a few times here but is Sequoia worth going to, seeing as though we would have come through the Redwoods of the Cal coast and Yosemite. I know Sequoia and Redwoods are different species of trees' but is it worth the long winding trip into Sequoia, or do they need to be seen to be believed. By the way which are bigger, the Seq. or Redwoods, i've heard conflicting stories. If we didnt go to Sequoia, is Death Valley really worth seeing, as we could head over the Tioga Pass from Yosemite to there and then on to Las Vegas the next day. Im probably more of a tree persn than a desert person , if that makes sense, but i dont want be 'big tree'd out',
So the question i put forth is, Sequoia or Death Valley?
Anyhow moving on.
6 Oct - 9 Oct 4 Las Vegas
We have prebooked helicopter flights to Hoover and Grand Canyon and i think we should be able to find something to do in SinCity, but if anyone has any suggestions for the dates we are there then that would be great.
10 Oct 1 night Bryce Canyon
Anything we should see and do on our way there?
11 Oct-12Oct 2 nights.
We have two nights to get to Yellowstone. I had thought maybe 1 night in Salt Lake City and 1 night in Jackson. Any thoughts or should we go elsewhere?
13 Oct 1 night Yellowstone Old Faithful.
We could only get 1 night here as it closes from the 14 Oct apparently!!
Hope we see a Grizzly, what are our chances at this time of year?
14Oct- 17 Oct 4 nights Yellowstone to Denver via Mt Rushmore.
Was planning on staying close to Yellowstone, Cooke City perhaps, so we could enjoy it a bit longer, for the 1st night and maybe Billings, Rapid City and the Cheyenne for the next few nights. Should we stay elsewhere? What should we see and what should we miss?
18 Oct 1 night Denver
19 Oct Drop off hire car and fly to Washington for 2 nights, NYC 4 nights, Boston 2 nights, Toronto 2 nights.
Then we say goodbye to Nth America for the UK and Ireland for 3 weeks and then back home to Melbourne and back to work to pay for it all. Phew..
Can anyone offer any tips, suggestions etc of what to do, see or what you would change.
Driving long distance is no problem for me as i normally drive upto 1500km (1000mi) a week anyhow.
My GF and I are both 34.
We enjoy fun, quirky, entertaining things, be it natural or man made. We would like to see the good, bad and ugly(?) of americana.
Cheap clean accom, motel or cabins, is all we need, nothing luxurious and we wont be setting up tents or staying in hostels either. We would also like to see some sort of event, football, hockey, baseball whatever it might be so if some one can suggest something along those lines then that would be great.
One last thing, I know i've already asked a hundred things, but does anyone know of a similar site for Road trips in the UK and Ireland, i have checked out the threads here but was wondering if someone knew of a 'RoadTripUk' site that is of the same high standard as this one.
Thank you all in advance, and keep up the good work
here is also a google trip map, i hope it works.