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Washington / Oregon - 3 week trip.

west sussex uk
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Washington / Oregon - 3 week trip.

Having just returned from 3 weeks in South West USA,where thanks to so many of you all we had the most amazing trip, and we are now starting to plan (and save!!) for our next USA (Pacific North West) road trip

(If you want to see where we have just been pop overto the Utah /Arizona forums.)

I REALLY want to see the Whales at San Juan Islands, and some part at least of the Oregon coast.

Looking at direct flights with BA (must collect more miles!!) so starting at Seattle sounds like the best bet.

Going inland Yellowstone looks a long way away, but is a must see for us, possibly even Mount Rushmore.

Having spent 3 weeks in Hotels / Motels I think that this is the way we will go (rather than RV)

What time of year is best? (Esp. regards Whale watching) Probably sometime in the July - September period?

What will the weather be like that time of year?

We will be going for 3 weeks (that's the plan anyway)

WHAT ARE THE 'MUST SEES IN TH PACIFIC NORTH WEST!?

Davie, Florida
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1. Re: Washington / Oregon - 3 week trip.

gonorthwest.com/Washington/Activities/whales…

www.googlearth.com

2 sites to get you started. Google earth is an amazing way to get an overview of an area so to speak. The National Parks are common must sees but what do you like? History? Nature? Hiking? Give us some meat to work with here.

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2. Re: Washington / Oregon - 3 week trip.

Thanks for your reply.

OK - Nature / wildlife would be No. 1 - hense San Juan and Yellowstone, but hiking / cycling are good too.

Generally outdoors, not history (we have plenty of that over here!)

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<<I REALLY want to see the Whales at San Juan Islands....>>

I don't think there are any guarantees, but you can optimize the possibility. When we were on SJI in July, we went mid-afternoon to Lime Kiln Point State Park, a craggy headland billed by guidebooks as the place to spy orcas in the waters of Haro Strait. My husband's eyes are keen in spotting wildlife, but I'm not so adept, and I was skeptical as I imagined spending the afternoon squinting to see a dorsal fin far offshore. But see orcas we did...two dozen, by my husband's count, frolicking in their lob-tailing glory! (Also we discovered red-barked madrona trees as we hiked the lighthouse trail by the Lime Kiln Point lighthouse.)

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spend some time on the 2 sites I gave you to get some macro ideas going. Look at the NP's at www.nps.gov/parks.html Some ideas other then the parks would be seattle, Oregon coast, the Okanogan and Montana. You can hike, bike, rock hound, pan for gold, drive through a herd of buffalo or ride horse on a dude ranch.

www.experiencewa.com

www.visitidaho.org

visitmt.com

www.wyomingtourism.org

www.travelsd.com

www.traveloregon.com

these sites should give you some ideas.

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Going inland Yellowstone looks a long way away, but is a must see for us, possibly even Mount Rushmore.

Given the distance, I wouldn't call YNP part of the PNW, but the Rocky Mountain West.

Seattle to YNP is an overnight drive, (so 3 days of your trip, RT to Seattle) and an interesting drive at that as the geography and geology changes dramatically. I hope you can spend at least two days in YNP, and that you get lodging in the park.

You can return a different route as you choose, perhaps through Grand Teton NP through central OR en route to the OR coast (a must see).

Oregon, Central/Bend Area

http://www.visitbend.com/

Oregon Coast

http://www.oregoncoasttravel.net/

Newport, OR

http://discovernewport.com/

www.aquarium.org

Yachats/Cape Perpetua fs.fed.us/r6/…

http://www.el.com/to/yachats/

This National Park website contains a lot of very good information. http://www.nps.gov/yell/

Official Lodging and Tour vendor for Yellowstone National Park - don't use others, this is a free service. Call them frequently, cancellations occur. You will save much time by lodging inside the park, but West Yellowstone and Gardiner are options if outside the park.

http://www.travelyellowstone.com/

For wildlife viewing and photography:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60999-c96653/Yellows…

Packing for your trip: This list is very comprehensive, but check especially the comments/need for a cheap cooler and clothes in layers.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g28973-c100586/Wyomin…

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6. Re: Washington / Oregon - 3 week trip.

THanks for your help.

I'll start doing some research and will be back.

Our recent 3 week trip to the South West took the best part of six months to plan - but it was worth it!

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7. Re: Washington / Oregon - 3 week trip.

I would not miss speding some time on the Oregon Coast, we love the northern coast, Cannon Beach/Seaside area. www.cannon-beach.net and www.seasideor.com are two great websites to help you with your planning for this area. Enjoy your trip and your planning! :)

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