Hi there, we are an active family of 4 from London UK with two boys aged 8 and 10, trying to plan our very first visit as a family to the US. We are trying to plan our trip around a set weekend we have to be in Seattle 21-23 August (for a family reunion). The other constraint is we must be back in the UK by 31 August ready for the boys next academic year.
So we were thinking either fly into LA and take a two week road trip up to Seattle, stopping at beautiful, interesting, fun, educational stuff on the way, then have our weekend in Seattle and fly home. An alternative idea would be to fly into Seattle then after our weekend have a road trip for 6 days somewhere then fly home (not sure if that works as I have no idea what we could do or where we could go in the time).
We were considering whether we should hire an RV for our trip or simply hire a car and stop at motels ? Not sure how well motels work for families. We have hired motor homes before and the boys loved it, but I see they are quite expensive for one way trips in the US and mileage can be a costly extra. I haven't driven in the U.S. before, but I have driven all over Europe with no problems.
For the LA > Seattle trip, we'd like to spend some time in interesting cities or towns (like San Francisco, Portland) but also see some beautiful countryside, natural wonders (like national parks, etc). We aren't adverse to theme parks (but theme parks are all pretty similar right ?) but would prefer to try to focus more on educational interesting things to visit and food to eat for our boys to create great memories.
I'm told the weather is good, although some of the single carriageway roads like the 1 and 101 can be a bit slow.
Any help will be greatly received.