We are reaching Seattle late 23rd July and will pick up our rental car 24th morning and head out for 9 days before reaching Seattle again on the 2nd to catch our flight to Anchorage, Alaska (I know it's weird and wasteful to drive back but it was the only flight we could get with our air miles).
I have packed a lot into the itinerary with the option to leave out certain areas if we run out of time and power through in some areas. I usually plan like this but have been advised by members of trip advisor to not have such a broad scope of areas to visit; but I have a hard time narrowing down areas lol.
I haven't designed a strict itinerary, just a list of places to visit. Would this list be too broad or would you suggest a different route by cutting down certain areas in favour of others?
I really want to see Olympic forest, crater lake, a bit of Oregon's coast, Yosemite and either Rainier or St. Helen's. I was going to travel to Sequoias or redwoods instead of Yosemite but I was told Mariposa grove has just as majestic trees and I swapped both out for Yosemite instead, despite the long drive.
1. Seattle, WA, USA
2. Olympic national park
3. Cannon Beach, OR
4. Oswald West state park, OR
5. Thor's well, OR
6. Sand Dunes Rd, Florence, OR
7. Bandon, OR
8. Point Reyes National Seashore, CA
9. Yosemite national park, CA
10. Crater Lake, OR
(maayyybbeeee but unlikely Smith Rock State Park, Terrebone, OR/ Painted Hills, OR)
11. Abiqua Falls, OR
12. Multmonah Falls, OR
13. Oneonta gorge in Columbia River Gorge, OR
14. Mt. St.Helens volcanic monument, WA
15. Mt. Rainier, WA
16. Snoqualmie falls, WA
17. Seattle, WA
I realize its a verryyy long list of places to cover, and I am going into this with the expectation that I may have to skip some areas but I figured a lot of the places are drive-by's or quick stop-overs, so it could be do-able? A friend of ours said while it is packed, it isn't impossible, especially if we start the day early and drive a bit late, assuming we can handle the exhaustion.
Thank you for any suggestions or tips!
We really appreciate all the help we have received from this community.