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I am struggling to create an intinerary

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I am struggling to create an intinerary

10 days in June/July w/ twin 8year olds (good travellers)

This is my second post because I am still stuggling!

2 nights in Seattle

2 nights at Lake Quinault / Olympic Pen

2 (WHERE?)How long will it take to drive down the coast to a location on Oregon Coast to spend 2 nights?

2 nights Portland / city stuff & family

2 nights btw porland & seattle -- (WHERE?)

I know we can't see everything, we are urban folks so the days in Seattle & Portland will be city-focused, but want to hit a few highlights along the way.

Mny thanks in advance!!!

Am I giving enough info for folks to continue to help?

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1. Re: I am struggling to create an intinerary

Have you learned Google Maps or MapQuest? Extremely useful and for the most part pretty accurate miles and travel time.

I'm with you on this, definitely go at least as far south as Cannon Beach, OR, see the town, walk the beach and, just north of and adjacent to Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park. A good taste of the incredibly beautiful OR coast.

You can go south along the ONP west side to Astoria, then to Seaside (you and/or the kids might like the buzz - for an hour of so, perhaps a meal) then a few miles more into a far more "sophisticated" Cannon Beach.

According to Google Maps, from Lake Quinault to Cannon Beach:

143 mi – about 3 hours 45 mins

Here's a website from which you can check out Astoria, Seaside and Cannon Beach for what they offer.

Oregon Coast

http://www.oregoncoasttravel.net/

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With two pre-teens, after Lake Quinalt I would suggest driving down 101 to Ilwaco to visit the Lewis and Clark Discovery Center, then across the bridge to Astoria to see the Maritime Museum and the Astoria Tower. Stay overnight in Astoria or drive farther south to Seaside or Cannon Beach.

It's only a 3.5 hour drive between Portland and Seattle, so you could hit Mount St. Helens, then stop overnight at the Great Wolf Re$ort/waterpark south of Olympia along the way, followed by Mount Rainier.

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My editing time ran out, but bobmrg covered my thoughts about the route south. The state park he mentions is really very special: www.parks.wa.gov/interp/lewisandclarkcenter/

As you drive southbound, see Astoria, Seaside and Cannon Beach. Read the website, below, and decide which is most compatible with your family needs. My preference is Cannon Beach (and see Ecola State Park, north end of CB, evocative of the beautiful OR coast).

Oregon Coast

http://www.oregoncoasttravel.net/

Agree also, Columbia River Gorge. After seeing this, drive across the Columbia R. onto the north side, drive west for different views, then north on I-205 toward Seattle.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/columbia/

http://www.spectacularoregon.com/

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/mshnvm/

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4. Re: I am struggling to create an intinerary

It's only a 3 hour drive between Seattle and Portland (so you can easily stop at Mt St Helens on the way), without the need for an overnight, definitely not 2. I'd add at least one of those 2 days to other places--at least one more to the Olympic Peninsula and another to the Oregon Coast, or maybe an overnight at Mt Rainer on the way back to Seattle. IMO Lake Quinault is not a good base for exploring most of ONP, so I'd spend 2 nights around Lk Crescent/Port Angeles, then one night at Lk Quinault to break up the trip to the Oregon Coast.

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