Wife and I will be on our first RoadTrip, we're from Norway, I've lived in California and she in NY when we were a bit younger. Both are in our late 20s. We arrive at Sea-Tac april 27th and leaving from LA morning may 18th.
I would like some help from this awesome community about our itinerary, as I have problems about how long one might use at one place and such. We like hiking, great scenery, outdoor stuff and explore places.
This is what we've planned:
27/4 – 30/4 Arrival at Sea-Tac, driving straight out to Olympic National Park. Drive by Olympia and Aberdeen. We want to stay there for a few days. Thinking about staying around Lake Quinault, or anywhere on the west side of ONP. Want to see Rialto Beach, Ruby Beach, Hoh Rain Forrest, Enchanted Valley trail and Lake Quinault area. Wanting to stay until morning of 30/4 and we can stay longer if that’s recommended as I want to experience much of the place. Is this enough time at ONP? Any other places we can have time to visit as well?
30/4 - 2/5 Portland (Good stop?)
2/5 – 3/5 Lincoln City (much to see here? I'm thinking it might be better to stay one more day at ONP and drive straight for Coos Bay instead?)
3/5 – 4/5 Coos Bay (A good place to visit?)
4/5 – 5/5 Crescent City (Redwoods) Are these three places good stops for Redwoods visits? Maybe shorten it for a day and move on a little faster or what’s recommended? I want to experience these woods.
5/5 – 6/5 Eureka (Redwoods)
6/5 – 7/5 Fort Bragg (Redwoods)
7/5 – 9/5 Sonoma/Napa
9/5 – 12/5 San Fran
13/5 – 14/5 Big Sur – Los Osos/Luis Obispo/Solveig
14/5 – 18/5 LA (Universal Studios, Hollywood, etc) Where is it recommended to stay in LA?
I'm sorry if it's a little too much questions, hehe :)
Our focus points are Olympic National Park, Redwoods, San Fran, Big Sur, LA. Are there any other places on this trip that are worth seeing. Any places we can use most of the day driving? Does our itinerary need any changes?
But what I have a huge problem to decide about is if we need to reserve places to stay or if we can drop that and just decide on the ride. I would think that we have more freedom to do more if we don't have any reservations at motels and such, but I want to get a place to stay at Olympic NP before we arrive :)
Thank you for reading and help if given :) I know it's a lot, but I want to calm a few of my nerves and get our plans set. :)