Here is a breakdown of our itinerary for our trip. Please share any ideas or opinions. We are a family of five. Kids ages 5, 2, and 18 months. We obviously geared this to be a family oriented and a somewhat laid back trip with the kids and all. So family oriented activities are a must. We are mainly coming to the coast for the scenery and a break from the everyday life. I am not a super structured person. I don't like having each day packed from sunrise to sunset with activities. I am posting this on the Seattle forum as well. Thanks for any input. We are traveling by car from UT. We tried to set up a base camp instead of bouncing around and having to switch rooms frequently (too difficult with young kids).
Friday- Arrive in Seattle in the evening. Will be staying at a vacation rental located on the Puget Sound from Friday to Monday.
Saturday (In Seattle)- Pike Place Market (want to get some fresh seafood to cook up and eat on our deck overlooking the Puget Sound), meander around the city, basically do some sight-seeing, possibly visit a beach. Look out on the pier.
Sunday (In Seattle)- Day trip to Whidbey Island (suggestions?).
Monday(In Seattle)- Will be going on the Ride the Ducks tour and perhaps the Point Defiance Zoo or Pacific Science Center
Wednesday-Driving to Newport where we will stay Wednesday-Sunday at a beachfront rental. Plan on visiting the Tillamook Cheese factory on the drive to Newport. Also, I have considered stopping and checking out Astoria as we are passing through...opinions?
Thursday- Visit the Newport Aquarium, explore the beach/tidepools, check out the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Friday- Going on an early morning whale tour with Carrie Newell. Exploring the city, visit Nye Beach, walk the bayfront....hoping to see some sea lions. My kids would love that. Are they still on the docks (I had read somewhere they were thinking about getting rid of the docks the sea lions inhabit)?
Saturday-Visit Cape Perpetua, perhaps go on a small hike, have a picnic. Just relax.
Sunday- Leaving Newport. I am not sure where I want to go from here. The drive from Newport to our home in UT is about 14 hours. More than what I care to spend in a car with kids. I would like to travel somewhere closer towards UT to break up the trip a bit. I have considered spending a night in the Dalles, someone recommended I take a different route and spend a night in Sisters. Any opinion on this? We would love for it to be a scenic drive.
Monday- Long drive home ugh
Activities listed for specific days are not absolute....just an idea. Am I missing any must see things or activities that are suitable for the kids? If so, any input would be most helpful. Thanks in advance!