My wife and I have booked to fly from London to Seattle at the end of August 2014. We are flying out of San Francisco back to London 17 days later. I have spent some time researching the route and have come up with the following itinerary:
Day 1: Fly London to Seattle and stay in Seattle. Stay at Four Seasons.
Day 2: Seattle. Stay at Four Seasons
Day 3: Seattle. Stay at Four Season.
Day 4: collect car and travel to Olympic National Park. Stay at Lake Crescent Lodge.
Day 5: continue to explore ONP. Stay at Lake Quinault Lodge.
Day 6: travel to Cannon Beach. Stay at Ocean Lodge.
Day 7: relax in Cannon Beach. Stay at Ocean Lodge.
Day 8: travel to Portland. Stay at Nines Hotel.
Day 9: travel to Rogue River/ Crater Lake. Stay at Weasuk Inn.
Day 10: travel to N. California coast. Stay near Trinidad at The Lost Whale Inn.
Day 11: travel through the redwoods to Mendocino. Stay Mendocino, no hotel identified.
Day 12: travel to Napa/ Sonoma. Stay in the area, no hotel finalised, possibly The Farmhouse Inn
Day 13: remain in Napa/ Sonoma. Stay possibly Farmhouse Inn.
Day 14: travel to San Francisco. Stay San Francisco, possibly Four Seasons or Mandarin Oriental.
Day 15: San Francisco. Stay San Francisco, possibly Four Seasons or Mandarin Oriental.
Day 16 San Francisco. Stay San Francisco, possibly Four Seasons or Mandarin Oriental.
Day 17: Overnight on flight back to London.
We want to make sure that we get a good feel for the area, see some beautiful scenery both coastal and mountainous, stay in some nice places and experience good food.
I concluded that we do not have time to visit Mt Rainer National Park, Mt St Helen's National Park, Columbia Gorge and Bend. Is this a mistake? If so, what would you cut out of my proposed itinerary. If the itinerary looks good, should we be altering the time we stay in any of the places?
We want enough time to explore Seattle and San Francisco, hence the 3 nights in each.
Any comments would be greatly appreciated.