My husband and I, along with our 5-year-old son, will be driving the coast for about 10-days in September. This is our first real road trip as a family of three (my husband and I have done a couple pre-kiddo). We did drive 15-hours straight to Colorado this past winter, but we then stayed put for 6-days. This time we will be stopping and starting the whole time, save for two big driving days to get us through CA on the way there and back. We are all super excited. I have great memories of road tripping growing up and look forward to making great memories with my kiddo :)
I am doing good getting a list of what to do, but I am looking for recommendations on places to stay, and the best way to break up the trip with hotel stays. I have been going backwards as most of what we want to see/do are on the Northern end of our trip. I am guessing we will jet through Northern CA & Oregon to get up to the Port Angeles area (and probably want to come back to the Oregon coast in the future after getting a glimpse!).
Our big drive will get us from home to Medicinio, CA (I think - still trying to iron out this part of the trip - we have seen the CA coast enough so we plan to just drive that first day to get to new scenery - so I might push us further if I can). From here we have eight days to break up our trip before we jet home down the 5-fwy.
Here are the things we really want to do. This might be too much, but I would rather have lots of options to choose from leaving us with a great excuse to go back! We tend to have a plan, but fly by the seat of our pants when actually on the road. What I really need to figure out where to stop and sleep for the night and still be able to get as much as we can done. Suggestions on that are very much appreciated!!!
*Seeing Redwoods - nothing fancy, just looking for a good place to stop and see some of the big trees. We have seen them, our son has not so I know he would like to at least stop to look.
*Considering a stop in Newport for the aquarium (maybe a good place to stop for night two - or maybe somewhere a little south of here so we could get there quickly the next morning?)
*Beachcombing - any must see beaches where we can find good beach treasures and see some driftwood? And take some great photos! I really want to spend time exploring the coast because I know my son would love it
*My son really wants to see some waterfalls - suggestions?
*Holl of Mosses (and being the Twilight junky I am we will probably drive through Forks as well just so I can say I did!)
*Trying to figure out if or where we should spend the night between the Newport area and Port Angeles. Or should we just get from point a to b and call it done so we can do the rest?
*Ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria
*In Victoria tea at the Empress & Butchart Gardens & possibly whale watching. Possinly stay the night before we ferry to Vancouver (this is kind of the thing I want to see most so it will definitely make the cut!)
*Ferry to Vancouver (not sure what we will do here)
*Seattle (again, not sure yet)
*My husband would love for me to squeeze in something like Mt. St. Helens or Crater Lake. Just not sure if that is doable. What do you think?
*Stop at Powell's Books in Portland when we jet home down the 5-fwy! I am a book junkie and have a seperate budget for this stop alone ;)