Hi, we (2 adults and 2 kids aged 2 and 4) are going on a road trip from Seattle to LA from 5th to 26th July, and our draft itinerary is as follows:
3 nights in Seattle
2 nights in Ashford by Mount Rainier
1 night in Portland
we are then undecided between
Oregon coast + Redwoods
Tahoe City + Yosemite
after that, we would like to do 3 nights in San Francisco
2 nights in Santa Barbara
3 nights in Santa Monica
We have been told that it will be too hot inland during July and that we should therefore drive along the coast, then again we have read that the Oregon coast is very windy which may lead to car sickness. Overall, we are trending towards Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, as it appears that there are more hiking and watersports opportunities- would you agree?
We like the outdoors and hope to be able to do some hiking (on easy trails with the kids), cycling (with kids in trailer, or alternatively take turns mountain biking), some watersports eg sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, kayaking, and also yoga.
We have a decent budget and would like to avoid run-down motels, and prefer rustic cabins with character instead.
What would you advice?
Do you think the distances between the stops are do-able with 2 drivers?
Also, regarding Southern California- do you know of any activity-based resorts between San Fran and LA? We are not planning to go to any amusement parks because our children cannot really enjoy them yet, so we were hoping to find somewhere near the coast to relax- we'd be prepared to cut the number of nights in Southern California short in order to enjoy the North a bit more... (as we are going to Ohau afterwards).
Thanks so much for your help!