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Late May Trip to the West Coast

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Late May Trip to the West Coast

The DW and I are considering a 2 week trip to the west coast this year. I plan on using Delta Skymiles and unfortunately Delta wants 50,000 per ticket for summer flights. I can get flights for 25,000 if I fly in May. We want to visit Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, the redwoods near Crescent City, Crater Lake, the Columbia River Gorge, Bend Oregon and several coastal areas. I realize that spring comes late to the higher elevations and weather can be an issue.

Can I make this trip work? Your thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.

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1. Re: Late May Trip to the West Coast

It works, but you might want to plot a route using MapQuest or similar and decide how the mileage and time works for you.

Have you considered which destination and return airport(s)? I could see landing in either Portland or San Francisco, departing from the other. This would save a lot of time and mileage.

Don't know if you will be hiking, but you are correct that snow could matter in the higher country. Recommendations, Yosemite, perhaps 2 full days, drive through Sequoia/Kings Canyon, one day. BTW, the latter roads are quite twisty, be prepared. IMO, you might skip that.

Crater Lake, keep informed via:


Bend area, fascinating:



For the OR Coast, while it doesn't matter too much, easier if take it north to south, to allow simpler and safer access to the many viewpoints.

Oregon Coast


Newport, OR



Yachats/Cape Perpetua


Columbia River Gorge, figure about 3 - 4 easy hours, a drive through and hiking experience. Lovely.



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2. Re: Late May Trip to the West Coast

I don't know about the California parks, but would expect that Crater Lake won't be fully accessible until mid-late June. And weather might (literally) put a damper on some of the more popular activities: jetboat up the Rogue, dune buggy ride... things like that.

If you can get those 25,000 mile tickets in September, I'd say go for it. But May.... Especially if you think this is a one-time trip, I'm inclined to advise that you use the extra 50,000, and schedule it during the mid-late summer, when weather is rarely an issue.

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3. Re: Late May Trip to the West Coast

Good bet Crater Lake will have some limits in late May, like North entrance not open.

We were in Yosemite this year in late April. Tioga Pass was closed still, but Sonora and Ebbets open, which we drove, but still plenty on snow on Sonora. I have no idea how typical that was. Hope you posted Cal boards.

Sure agree if you can do Sept better choice, but not sure i would spend extra miles to get here in summer. Most of Oreg open by late May, and you could get into Crater Lake but maybe only south rim.

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