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Washington/Oregon 2 week trip in August - can it be done?

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Washington/Oregon 2 week trip in August - can it be done?

Hi, we are a family of four, with 2 active boys ages 13 + 10 from the Bay Area in CA. We are planning a 2 week road trip flying into Seattle, out of Portland. Nature, short hikes, animals (esp marine mammals), trains, beaches, old cars and baseball all pluses. may fly in and go one way in RV or rent car and stay in hotel/motels.

Is 2 weeks enough time for a trip that might include the following:

San Juan Island

Olympic National Park - (Hurricane ridge, Hoh Rainforest, LakeQuinalt, Kalaloch all sound cool)

Oregon Coast - (where? Cannon Beach? Seaside? Newport? Yachats? Oregon Dunes? Florence? Bandon?)

Crater Lake

Bend, OR +

Columbia River Gorge area

Any must sees? Ideas of where to stop and how much time to spend there? Can take a few days of driving 5 hours or so, but not day after day because of kids. I hear that Oregon is great for RV's but what about Washington? I would like to rough out a trip because I know it is important to make early reservations for summer in these areas.

If this is really two trips that is ok too. Thoughts and routes most appreciated. I will also post this in the Oregon forum and thanks for reading and sharing!

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1. Re: Washington/Oregon 2 week trip in August - can it be done?

Plot this itinerary, almost ready made for you!

Seattle Region: Options for self-drive itineraries, with key websites. tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60878-c112037/Seattl…

Some comments:

San Juan Island At least an overnight, preferably two. See the website provided in the article, above.

Olympic National Park - (Hurricane ridge, Hoh Rainforest, LakeQuinalt, Kalaloch all sound cool) Others more knowledgeable will respond.

Oregon Coast - (where? Cannon Beach? Seaside? Newport? Yachats? Oregon Dunes? Florence? Bandon?) CB, artsy/craftsy, nice beach, including Ecola State Park adjacent and north, Arcadia SP, to the south, nice. Seaside? The kids will probably like it, arcades and more; think "honky tonk". Newport offers much, see website, below. All else is fine, but spend a bit of time at Cape Perpetua.

Crater Lake

It is pretty, but can be seen in a half day. The better news is that it's on the way to the Bend area, Bend about 90 miles away.

Bend, OR + At least an overnight, lots to see that is really interesting. A big favorite for family gatherings, for us, in Sunriver. Here is why: http://www.visitbend.com/

Columbia River Gorge area

Can be seen in a half day, more if hike, for example, the waterfall trails.

Oregon Coast

http://www.oregoncoasttravel.net/

Newport, OR At least one full day.

http://discovernewport.com/

Yachats/Cape Perpetua

fs.fed.us/r6/…

Fireside Motel and Overleaf Lodge, both on this website. We stay at the former. http://www.firesidemotel.com/Fireside_Motel/

OR Coast Lighthouses

http://www.nwcoast.com/lighthouses/oregon.asp

Columbia River Gorge

http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/columbia/ Here is a useful map contained in this website:

columbiariverhighway.com/historic_columbia_r…

If the San Juans too much, then Whidbey Island, which is included in the main article, at the top.

San Juan Islands (Specific information on the several major islands, with key websites. Best seen with at least one overnight.) We prefer San Juan Island, much to see and to do. Key thing, read about getting there via the Anacortes Ferry and how to do so.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g58727-c102104/San-Ju…

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2. Re: Washington/Oregon 2 week trip in August - can it be done?

I am heading for the Olympics tomorrow, and will get back on tthis in a couple of days. I think it is too rushed. To do all you want in the Olympics would be at least 4 nights. A couple nights in the San Juans plus a travel day. Three nights IMO makes more sense. Travel day to the Oregon Coast. I would want at least three. Then a travel day back to Portland. You are already at 12 days and have not been to Bend or the Gorge or Crater Lake. You can see where I am going. You are trying to do too much IMO in two weeks. Enjoy these places by making the most of your time there. You are trying to cover way to much territory in two weeks time. Do not try and see it all!

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4. Re: Washington/Oregon 2 week trip in August - can it be done?

wow, great info - I think this may be 2 trips, perhaps 10-14 days each, one to Washington, one to Oregon. I have been to Seattle and Portland many times (city only, on business) so was not thinking to spend much time there, but Seattle maybe a few days, enough to see Pike Place market, take in a mariners game, what else is good for a 10 + 12 year old in the city?

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5. Re: Washington/Oregon 2 week trip in August - can it be done?

Seattle also has the new giant ferris wheel on the waterfront, a pretty decent zoo (as does Portland, but I'll cover Oregon on that forum), the Pacific Science Center (hands-on stuff for kids), Space Needle and Experience Music Project at Seattle Center, Ducks Tour (in land-water vehicle) is a fun way for all ages to see the city and of couse the Mariners.

You and the kids will enjoy the pizza at Serious Pie, one of local celebrity chef Tom Douglas' many wonderful restaurants.

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7. Re: Washington/Oregon 2 week trip in August - can it be done?

I'd plot the route on Google Maps and see if you wish to do this in two weeks. I say you can, but exclude Olympic National Park except for Hurricane Ridge, but I'm being outvoted between the OR and WA Forums. :)

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