So the two of us are pretty much set to arrive in SEA Sept 1 and depart LA the 16. We are quite aware there is a lot of distance to cover and an infinite amount of sites to see and places to experience. But we feel we have picked what interests us the most while leaving some adventures for another time :) We will be camping and staying in motels/hotels, with camping only being a place to sleep under the stars. We don't plan on doing any cooking ourselves aside from marshmallows and hotdogs on a stick. Is this reasonable as I don't forsee any problems finding meals along the way. Were experienced campers and backpackers so were only looking for some comfort in the major cities really. My fiance does suffer from "hangriness" though so snacks in the car is a definite must.
Sept 1: Seattle. Hotel Five. Lots to see and do. No shortage of ideas here.
Sept 2: Travel to Lincoln City. Aiming for motel on the beach. Stops at Cape Meares area and Cannon Beach.
Sept 3: Travel to Crescent City. Aiming for Jedediah Smith State Park. Various stops along the way (ie Heceta and Cape Perpetua, the longest being a sandrail tour outside Florence)
Sept 5: Travel to Mendocino (this is our 5 year anniversary btw). Aiming for Van Damme as it is convenient for a sea cave kayak tour the next morning. Stops at Patrick's Point and Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
Sept 6: Travel to San Francisco. Haven't quite narrowed down any stops along this leg with the exception of Hog's Island Oysters. Could use some tips here. No shortage of things to see and do in San Fran.
Sept 9: Travel to Yosemite. Yes, site has been booked :) No shortage of things to do here.
Sept 11: Travel to Salinas. Vision Quest Ranch. We love animals and have never been up close with an elephant, especially in a respectful way...
Sept 12: Travel to Cambria or Pismo. Undecided as Pismo would make it easier the next day to get to LA. No shortage of stops to make along the coast here.
Sept 13: Travel to LA with a stop in Santa Barbara for lunch. No shortage of things in LA.
Sept 16: Home to Toronto.
Now my concerns:
Can anyone suggest a few stops between Mendocino - San Fran? Were the outdoorsy activity type and have no interest in any manmade tourist traps of sorts. I'm aware of Muir Woods but I hear its crawling with tourists and can be a pain if you didnt arrive first thing in the morning. I think we will get our redwood fix in Northern Cali. Not particularly looking for wineries unless someone can suggest something interesting and not far off hwy 1...
Actual driving time. Is google accurate assuming I'm staying along hwy 1, sticking to the coast? Most concerned about this between Crescent City and San Francisco. I'm also assuming I won't be doing 65 mph, or could I? :) Not sure if google takes that into consideration.
Also open to any other ideas anyone might have in regards to the itinerary..Feel free to comment!
Thank you so much!