Hi friends. Happy you’re here today! I am so excited to share with you that I am busy planning our family summer vacation. That’s right, it’s almost the middle of July and I am just now getting on this. I guess you can say we aren’t so good at planning in advance. We are now planning a trip to northern California and part of Oregon. Want to follow along in the planning process? I could sure use your help. In exchange, I will share with you my strategy for planning our trip.
Honestly, it’s not always easy working around the schedules of your kids. I had to work around one taking a college class in summer school, one joining the Navy, and one heavy into football conditioning. Anyway, we finally found dates that work and have booked our airfare. Are any of you guilty of planning last-minute vacations? We knew we would take one this summer; we always do. The when and where is what we didn’t know.
We threw around several ideas, but only one was a place we could make work at this late date. So, we decided to fly to San Francisco and then do an old-fashioned road-trip north up to Oregon to see Crater Lake. As of now I have my dates, I know how long we will be traveling and I know some of our top places to visit. My next order of business is to map out a rough plan of which places we will visit on which day.
Have you ever undertaken this task? What’s your plan of attack? Here’s how I do it. First, I feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin. So, I do nothing. I freeze in a state of uncertainty. This lasts a good 24 hours. Then the Pinterest hunt begins so that I can start gathering information and advice.
Typically the Pinterest phase fills me with plenty of places to see and stay, but I still have no real idea of how to lay it all out. Now, is when I call in the big guns. I take a trip to my local bookstore. Old-fashioned, right? I buy an actual travel book that I can use to lay out our itinerary and make a list of places to see. Here’s the one I am using for this trip.
With a little “research” I’ve determined that our plan will be to tour San Francisco on day 1 and then drive north on Hwy 5 (I think) and overnight along the way. Our ultimate destination heading north is Crater Lake in Oregon. From there we will head to the Oregon coast and Hwy 1. We will travel south heading back toward San Francisco and make stops to see the Red Woods, the lost coast, and other sites. It’s like a big loop. Our last day before flying home will be spent in San Francisco again. Now, I just need to fill each day with a location.
Here’s what I’d love to hear from you…where must we stop? What are the great places to stay? Are there any places I should avoid? Tourist traps? There’s so much to see and do in that area. I know there is no way to see it all in one week. I can already tell we will have to take multiple trips to get it all in. Leave me a comment below with any advice or tips you have for our great American road trip.
Until next time~