Hi all, my boyfriend and I will be driving from San Francisco to Seattle at the end of August this year and we are currently attempting to put together some kind of itinerary. We are flying to & from San Francisco, however are considering the option of dropping the car off in either Seattle or Portland and flying back...
This is our first time going to the West Coast & we are a bit clueless on whether what we are planning is doable. We are happy to drive long distances, however, don't want to spend our entire holiday in the car. We would also like to balance our time between cities & beaches/national parks.
This is our current plan - it would be so appreciated to get an idea on whether this is do-able or not & if we are missing anything major. Would also be good to get some advice on accommodation and whether we need to book in advance at this time of year?
Day 1 - Fly to San Fran.
Day 2 & 3 - Day in San Fran
Day 4 - Spend day driving Highway 101 from San Fran to Eureka (through Avenue of Giants). Stay over.
Day 5, 6, 7, 8 - Follow 101 up Oregon Coast to Astoria & then up to Seattle (currently unsure what are the best places to stay over at).
Day 9 - Seattle
Day 10 - Seattle
Day 11 - Drive to Portland
Day 12 - Portland
Day 13 - Columbia River Gorge Loop drive, stay in Portland
Day 14 - Portland
Now we have two options, depending on whether we return to San Francisco or fly back. If we were to drive we were thinking about the following:
Day 14 - Portland to Bend, stay over
Day 15 - Bend to Crater Lake National Park, drive back to SF
Day 16 - SF, fly home in evening.
OR we fly back from Portland on Day 15 and spend more time in the national parks.
Any help & recommendations would be so appreciated!