Putting final touches on our pretty ambitious itinerary for Aug 18 - 28 this year. Only need to book one of the nights and figure out the logistics. Can someone provide feedback on when we plan to rent car and if the itinerary sounds reasonable?
Thanks loads. I have spent move then 20 hrs doing my research, and am beginning to tire of it all. Just want to maximize our time.
Night 1 and 2 (Sat, Sun) - Seattle (see Pike Place, Space Needle, etc.) Taxi to Westin (thru Hot Wire). Taxi to ferry early to Vancouver Island.
Night 3 (Mon and Tues)) - Victoria - Walk from ferry dock to Marriott Inner Harbor (thru HotWire). See sigths (typical stuff). Walking - RENT VEHICLE and drive to Port Alberni.
Night 4 and 5 (Tue and Wed) - Revierside Lodge - Port Alberni - guys fish - gals do other stuff (TBD).
Night 6, 7, 8 (Thur, Fri, Sat) - Middle Beach Lodges - Drive to Tofino late Wed. Take trip to Clayoquot - bear watching and hot springs, other outdoorsy stuff, guys will fish out of Ucluelet..
Night 9 (Sun) - Drive to Salt Springs Island ( probably stay iat Hastings House) - winery tours on Salt Spring Island and/or Cowichan Valley..
Night 10 (Mon) - Return car to Victoria, leave Vancouver Island, take ferry over to U.S., taxi to Red Lion hotel by Seattle airport.
Fly home on Tuesday.
So, the car decision is based upon what I read that we won't need a car in Seattle nor the inner harbour in Victoria. Figured we could get a car in Victoria (haven't checked yet). We may be able to turn the rental vehicle in BEFORE going to Salt Springs Island, but it may be cheaper/easier to keep it until we leave Vancouver Island.
Any thoughts? We split up our driving distances, knowing that Tofino is about 6 hrs from Victoria. As you can see, we have to plan for fishing for the guys.
thanks in advance