On Friday July 19th we are leaving for a 9 day road trip. Starting in Seattle we will drive to Bend, OR - spend 2 nights; next to Jedediah Smith State Park - camp 3 nights; next to Yachats, OR - spend 3 nights and then finally head home. We already have all of our lodgings reserved, so now we are looking for the recommendations on things we just shouldn't miss. Our family consists of two grown-ups, 8 year old DD, 5 year old DD and a 1 year old DS. We are road-trip pros and the kids handle the driving really well.
Our family enjoys short hikes of 2 miles or so; nature; parks; Jr. Ranger programs; and animals. Basically anything where the kids can run free and explore.
We have been to the Bend area before and plan on doing the High Desert Museum and the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. However, we are not familiar with the northern CA area or the Yachats area. So, what shouldn't we miss? And yes, I will be reading all of the TripAdvisor sections on these areas, but I’m really interested in personal recommendations.
(I'm going to post this on the CA forum as well)