We will be doing a driving loop of the west starting and ending in Idaho, and I am hoping for some help with the Oregon (and a bit into Washington and California) portion of our road trip. We are a family of 4, two adults and two kids ages 9 and 11, and will be traveling next July. We like wilderness, parks, easy hikes, pretty views, and are not so much into cities, museums, etc.(we have those in NY, but we don't have your gorgeous vistas!).
And when I mention camping as part of the proposed itinerary, please note that it's of the New-York variety, as my Idaho-native hubby would say, meaning sleeping in a tent, but with hot shower and flush toilets available on-site if at all possible (ie: car camping, nothing backcountry or too rustic).
Thus far the proposed itinerary looks like this for the first week or so:
1. Depart Boise and visit the Painted Hills (and possibly another of the John Day Fossil Beds if there is time), camping overnight somewhere (possibly Prineville Reservoir State Park).
2. Make our way to the Columbia River Gorge, visiting (at a minimum) Multnomah Falls and Horsetail Falls. From there we would make our way up toward Mt. St. Helens, staying somewhere in WA (possibly camping near Mt. St. Helens).
3. Visit Mt. St. Helens, drive back to OR coast, possibly camping in a state park (Fort Stevens, somewhere south of there? Suggestions welcome!)
4. Drive down OR coast, another state park camping night, possibly (again, suggestions welcome - Cape Blanco was one idea, if sites are available).
5. Not sure if we need another day in OR, but thought to make our way to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in CA.
6. Back into OR via highways for a visit to, and a stay at, Crater Lake.
7. South into CA via I-5 to visit Yosemite.
I have posted on the road trip forum for overall planning help, but what I really need assistance with at this point is whether we are allowing anywhere near enough time to visit Oregon itself! I realize we are skipping Portland (we might get there for an afternoon/evening, but that's about it) and that is acceptable if it means we'll have more time in parks and such - sadly, no one else in the family seems interested in visiting Portland at this point, despite my trying to lure them in. They would prefer to camp and see the coast and such. Ah, trying to please everyone is such fun!
Any help with timing, campsite suggestions, things to be sure and do, or common pitfalls to avoid would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for any ideas you can offer.