Here goes for a long post, hope you don't get bored reading it, and can pass on your comments!
The following trip was originally planned for this year, but circumstances meant it didn't happen, so we are now hoping to try and start planning for Summer 2015.
A little background information.
There are two of us, myself & wife, both about 50. We like the outdoors and are reasonably fit. The trip will be last two weeks of July, and first week of August.
The idea is to fly (from UK) to Seattle, and depart via Denver.
The following is an outline of where we would like to go/see - and any comments as to whether we are doing too much driving on any given day would be appreciated. We'd rather not just pay a fleeting visit to certain places, hence why some stops are down for two/three nights.
I also intend to post this on the Washington, Oregon and Wyoming Forums too, as I guess I might get some help there too.
Any Hotel recommendations also appreciated.
(The days of the week are pretty irrelevant, but help me when planning/counting the days!)
DAY 1 (Friday)
Arrive Seattle Airport around Midday, pick up car, and head for hotel.
Friday pm/Evening in Seattle
DAY 2 (Saturday)
Full Day and Evening in Seattle.
DAY 3 (Sunday)
Early Morning Drive from Seattle Hotel to Anacortes (85 miles / 1.1/2 - 2 hours)
Ferry to either Orcas Island or San Juan Island.
Hopefully arrive mid afternoon.
Spend Sunday night, plus all of Days 4 (Monday) and 5 (Tuesday) in San Juan Islands
So 2.1/2 days in San Juan Islands
DAY 6 (Wednesday)
Early Morning Ferry back to Anacortes and drive via Coupeville - Port Townsend ferry to Port Angeles. Google maps says 2.1/2 hours (86 miles) but that doesn't include the Ferry time from whichever Island we are staying on back to Anacortes.
Hopefully arrive Port Angeles mid afternoon, and spend the evening/night there.
DAY 7 (Thursday)
Leave Port Angeles and head via Lake Crescent to either Rialto Beach or La Push, 68 miles (1.1/2 hours plus a stop at Lake Crescent)
Afternoon/night at La Push.
DAY 8 (Friday)
Leave La Push first thing and head for Lake Quinault
80 miles (1 hour 40 minutes)
Afternoon/Evening /night at Lake Quinault.
DAY 9 (Saturday)
Drive from Lake Quinault to either Cannon Beach / Seaside. Aim to arrive early Saturday afternoon.
144 miles (3 hours)
Stay Saturday night, plus the following day, Day 10, plus Sunday night in Seaside/Cannon Beach.(So 2 nights here)
Day 11 (Monday)
Drive from Seaside to Portland
80 miles (1.1/2 Hours)
Hope to arrive early afternoon.
Stay Portland for 2 nights. Nights 11 and 12 (Monday/Tuesday)
Day 13 (Wednesday)
Short Drive (just over an hour /60 miles) to Hood River (We'd like to do a Raft Trip here) and looking at various websites it looks like they start early?
Day13 and Night 13 in this area.
Day 14 (Thursday)
A long driving day (6 hours plus stops / 400 miles) from Hood River to Mountain Home (This is really somewhere to break up our journey from the Portland area/ Hood River on our way to Yellowstone)
Any better places to break the journey, please shout!
DAY 15 (Friday)
Mountain Home to West Entrance of Yellowstone
Another long drive, 5 hours, plus stops, 350 miles. Want to arrive in Daylight.
Night 15 in Yellowstone
DAY 16 (Saturday) + DAY 17 (Sunday) + Morning of Day 18 (Monday) in Yellowstone
(So three nights, 2.1/2 days in Yellowstone)
Day 18 (Monday)
Leave Yellowstone and head for Grand Tetons
3 hours (130 miles) I guess that depends on where we spend Night 17?
Night 18 (Monday), plus days 19 (Tuesday) and 20 (Wednesday) in Grand Tetons
DAY 21 (Thursday)
The original plan, had been from here to head to Denver, probably staying in Boulder for the night before we fly home. However, the wife has decided(!) that 'as it's only an 8 hour drive to Mount Rushmore" we should go there first!
So, Day 21 now entails a drive of about 8 - 9 hours (500 miles) to Mount Rushmore area.
Day 22 (Friday)
Actually see Mt. Rushmore, before heading off toward Boulder, (or somewhere else like Cheyenne, fairly close to Denver,) from where we fly home on the Sunday evening.
If we broke the Mt.Rushmore - Denver journey at Boulder, then Day 23 (Saturday) would mean another drive of 5 hours or so (4.1/2 hours and 275 miles to Cheyenne)
Day 23 (Saturday)
Flight is late evening from Denver, so only a 1.1/2 hour drive from Cheyenne/Boulder to Denver Airport.
Many thanks for taking the time to read through this, and I look forward to your comments.
Some may say it's too much driving - possibly - but this part of the world isn't somewhere we will get to very often, so we'd like to see as much as possible.
Anyway, thanks again.Edited: 11:29 am, April 17, 2014