We are planning a trip from Boise, Idaho to Crater Lake, then Crescent City area down to Santa Cruz and home. We love a road trip but this is unfamiliar territory and the opportunities are so dense that I find myself overwhelmed! We have about 8 days...9 max. Our kids are 7,12,15,and 17. Long drives are no problem but we also love to unpile for multiple sights, activities along the way. We are planning on camping most of the time with a hotel or yurt once or twice for a break. We are on a budget, (surprise) but that brings out the adventure! We, including kids are easy to please and so much of this will be new to us,..we just don't want to miss any highlights that will give the kids an understanding of the area.
We enjoy hiking, beach combing, the kids will want to swim even if its cold...there is no ocean in Idaho after all! Sea life, tide pools, redwoods, adventure, special sites along the way, the Golden Gate Bridge, the boardwalk, drive theough trees, so many things. If you had to boil it down, what would you do? What MUST we do? Where would you camp....are there any places to camp without bumping the neighboring tent? Gold Bluffs for a different camp experience? Is there a splurge along the way not to be missed? Most meals will be at camp, picnics but are there some must try little spots to eat or shop?
Each summer we take the kids on a "Magical Mystery Tour", a surprise road trip filled with unknown destinations each day...except this time, even we aren't sure of the destinations, just the general direction. We are adept at packing lots of fun into a small window so please be generous with any ideas! Thank you!