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manishbit

9 Day Trip to Yosemite, Oregon and Washington State

by manishbit »

Hi All,
I am planning for a 9 day trip to Yosemite, Big Sur, Oregon cost/Oregon and Washington state – from May 24th to Jun 1st . My main objective is to enjoy the scenic drives, do landscape/nature/night photography and see wildlife (if around). And maybe a couple of short (3-4 mile roundtrip) hikes

I am yet to make any bookings so wanted to close down on my below mentioned tentative itinerary. I truly understand that I may just be “touching” upon the places, so still trying to make the best achievable and enjoyable plan !!

NOTE : I am totally open to doing the below mentioned itinerary in reverse, since it may be easier on my budget, considering the one way car rentals etc. Would appreciate suggestions on that as well

Day 0 – Land SFO at Night
Day 1 – Big Sur, Yosemite
Day 2 – Yosemite
Day 3 – Yosemite, Lake Tahoe
Day 4 – Lake Tahoe, Napa, Redwood
Day 5 – Crater Lake NP
Day 6 – Cannon Beach, Mt. Rainier
Day 7 – Mt. Rainier
Day 8 – Olympic NP
Day 9 - Olympic NP, Return flight from Seattle at late night

Apart from this, I have the following queries as well :

1. Doesn’t it make sense to do this trip North (Seattle) to South (SFO), since then I will be driving with the coast on my side of the road ?
2. Which are the scenic routes that I should take during my entire 9 day trip?
3. I can only do a couple of short hikes/treks during my trip so which ones should I go for?
4. Any other Tips and Tricks to make my vacation more enjoyable ?

Google Map link
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manishbit

RE: 9 Day Trip to Yosemite, Oregon and Washington State

by manishbit »

As part of the first steps, I have booked my reservation at Yosemite, Curry Village for 5/30 and 5/31. Can you please let me know what all I should cover in these 2.5 days – 5/30, 5/31 and 6/1…considering my return flight from SFO will be on 6/1 late evening/night

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manishbit

RE: 9 Day Trip to Yosemite, Oregon and Washington State

by manishbit »

Does this revised trip look more "insanely" reasonable ?

FRI Day 0 – Land SEA at Night
SAT Day 1 – Olympic NP
SUN Day 2 – Olympic NP
MON Day 3 – Oregon Coast, Cannon Beach
TUE Day 4 – Crater Lake
WED Day 5 – Gold Bluffs Beach, Redwoods
THU Day 6 – Lake Tahoe, Yosemite
FRI Day 7 – Yosemite
SAT Day 8 – Yosemite
SUN Day 9 - Yosemite, Return flight from SFO at late night

Thanks.

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redbikegirl

RE: 9 Day Trip to Yosemite, Oregon and Washington State

by redbikegirl »

We did our dream trip last summer which included Glacier National Park, Mt. Rainier, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon Coast, Redword National Park and Yosemite. It's hard to go wrong with any of the places you are considerting. We've never been to Olympic, but defintiely on the bucket list.

We did a spectacular hike in Mt. Rainier, the Skyline-Panoramic Point Loop in the Paradise area of the park. It's no wonder they call it paradise!

http://discoverthewest.blogspot.com/2013/09/paradise-found-skyline-trail.html

We drove along the Oregon coast along Highway101, there are so many state parks along that route it's hard to choose exactly where to stop. We thought some of the most scenic places were Cannon Beach, Cape Lookout, Cape Foulweather, Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Heceta Head Lighthouse, Cape Sebastian and China Beach.

http://discoverthewest.blogspot.com/2013/09/oregon-coast-north.html

You might want to consider spending half a day in Redwoods National Park, especially if you love nature and want some great photography! We found the Redwods to be better than the sequoias in Yosemite, mainly because of the volume of crowds in Yosemite and the over-use of the trail in Mariposa Grove. Unfortunately, we didn't get to drive through Yosemite via Tioga Road since we were there during the Rim fire last summer.

http://discoverthewest.blogspot.com/2013/09/lady-bird-johnson-grove-in-redwood.html

 

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