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Old 07-05-2013, 07:01 PM   #21
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I've lived in the Pacific Northwest for 31 years and I find the best weather and time to vacation here is the last two weeks of August and the first two weeks of September.

You might consider Cape Disappointment State park in Ilwaco Washington It's just north of Astoria Oregon and one of our favorites. A few campsights have ocean view. All campsights are a short walk to a beautiful beach. There is a wonderful Lewis & Clark Interpetive Center and 2 lighthouses. Lewis & Clark named it Cape Disappointment because the weather was fog and rain.

Ilwaco has salmon fishing and the Long Beach Peninsula has great food and entertainment places. Lots to do for adults and kids. You can drive on the beach and the beach approach in Longbeach is very good but be careful if you do. Check tide times and stay in the hard sand.
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:09 AM   #22
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Cool Ooo! A time limit!!

You are between a rock and a hard place.

We used to drive Seattle to Milwaukee, WI and back in two weeks (2K miles both ways). We made the best time we could going, and then took our time coming back and visiting the things that interested us on the way. However you don't have that luxury of coming back the same way. Of course we had no trailer at that time, but we did have 5 kids.

I make your trip to be about 2200 miles,
SLC-767-PDX-725-(via 101)SFO-736-SLC.

The only secondary roads you would travel would be between PDX and SFO the rest is freeway. Note: Towing speed limits in CA and OR are 55mph.

Here is what I would do: Drive with all alacrity to PDX. This is your longest leg and it is best to have it behind you. Then tour down the coast using the various suggestions from this site and then return via freeway SFO-SLC. 700 miles you should be able to make in two days. That would leave 9 days for the 'touring' part of the trip. At any rate, I would plan on 3 days for SFO-SLC..

Only you can decide what you want to see along the touring route.

Just before arriving at PDX you should visit Multnomah Falls.

"The falls drops in two major steps, split into an upper falls of 542 feet (165 m) and a lower falls of 69 feet (21 m), with a gradual 9 foot (3 m) drop in elevation between the two, so the total height of the waterfall is conventionally given as 620 feet (189 m)."

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Old 07-07-2013, 10:41 AM   #23
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Thanks to everyone for your tips. I like the idea of getting there quick and taking it slow on the way back. We are going to ake a look at possible routes to figure out if it's doable in two weeks. If not, we'll just have to break it up. Darn, another trip to get excited about!
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:40 PM   #24
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Thanks to everyone for your tips. I like the idea of getting there quick and taking it slow on the way back. We are going to ake a look at possible routes to figure out if it's doable in two weeks. If not, we'll just have to break it up. Darn, another trip to get excited about!

I suggest NOT trying to do it all in one trip or two trips.
We've been going to Death Vally and points south and east of there for the last 4 years. Spending 3 months per trip and still have left a lot of things and places to see. For us rushing takes a lot of the fun out our trips. Relax and make plans loosely so they can be altered. Note places to visit the next trip. Go home happy and relaxed.
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:45 PM   #25
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One thing to keep in mind is that much of the drive is enjoyable in itself. Driving half a day up the Oregon coast is not quite the same as the drive from Bakersfield to Redding! I don't mind longer days if I am enjoying the drive itself. So when getting from A to B can be done with a scenic drive, you'll enjoy it more.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:47 PM   #26
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Byron and Bobbie, we are in total agreement. I think we'll try to focus on a smaller area so we can be less urgent. And of course, we'll discover places to which we'll want to return. Thanks for the sound advice.
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