We have our plane tickets, arrive April 20th to Seattle and leave May 12th from Portland. We know the limitations of theeeee weather, but we´ll adapt to see what we wanted the way it looks in this time of the year. We have a very mild climate here and we enjoy snow and more rough weather.
The cities we want to touch are Seattle, San Francisco and Portland. around 2 days each, beginning and end of the trip and San Francisco maybe 3 days, in the middle.
We guess that no much able to do around Seattle because of the season, isn´ti?
OUr first plan was driving all the way: SEATTLE, SAN FRANCISCO, SIERRA NEVADA with YOSEMITE and SEKI, coming down by the coast and going up by the parks, TAHOE LAKE (?), REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK and finish in PORTLAND to return home. If we drive in 2 or 3 days from Seattle to San Francisco, what route do you suggest and which places to visit-overnight in those few days? We like wilderness especially: mountains and what they give, coast, forests....... There is to consider that we return back home from Portland, so it should be another route than the one we are going to ride afterwards.
Second option is going from Seattle to San Francisco by plane or by train (Coast Starlight - more expensive) and took the car after the days we´ll be in San Francisco until Portland, and with the car driving the trip that I told before. In this case we could even may return the car at the same city we picked up (San Francisco) and reach Portland by bus, for instance, as we don´t need the car for the city.
At this time we think that camping and hiking will be more limited, so it will be more a road trip. We enjoy that too.
I have searched in previous questions but answers are so wide that at this moment it is difficult to narrow results.
Thank you in advance!
P S.......... and before you advise us; we´ll take the waterproof trousers we bought for Scandinavia and Arctic Circle last year that have their tags hanging still. More than 30 Celsius degrees in Lapland in late May!