This is my first post and I apologize for not having found this information which no doubt exists already on these boards, but I figured I would ask with the hopes of some quick answers.
I have two weeks (Aug15-19) and had originally planned to fly into SFO and out of SEA trying to see as much "nature" as possible (hard to do with that much driving and such little time, I know).
The rough ideas were:
Mendicino (or alternatively Lassen),
the Redwood forest,
the columbia River Gorge,
Mt. St. Helens (or Mt. Ranier),
and the Olympic rain forest.
I have several questions based on this rough outline.
1. Have the California wildfires affected this possible route? If they have, is it better to fly into Portland, drive south to the redwoods and loops back up, or perhaps eliminate the redwoods altogether?
2. Considering we would like to do some hiking/tenting, is this at all reasonable to actually SEE anything, or is the itinerary set up such that I will basically be able to drive from place to place and nothing else? If it is too aggressive, what would anyone recommend cutting out?
3. Are there any suggestions for "must see" either within this itinerary, or that might be missing from this itinerary? In other words, can anyone be specific with suggestions on improving my limited time?
Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide. I truly appreciate it.