Our Trip Plans – US West Coast 2011

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And now for our trip plans.

Some of you may remember we have a big family trip in the works. The general idea is to travel to the US West Coast for approximately three months, leaving Israel in the second or third week of May and coming back in time for school, probably in the third week of August.

So, here’s our itinerary  – or what we have of it at this point –

Day 1-6: San Francisco and the Bay Area

Day 7-10:  Yosemite National Park

Day 11-14: Santa Cruz and Moterey

Day 15: Road no. 1 along the coast

Day 16-20: Los Angeles

Day 21-22: Anaheim (you know why…)

Day 23: Driving to Flagstaff

Day 24: Tusayan (Grand Canyon National Park)

Day 25: Page, Arizona

Day 26-27: Zion National Park

Day 29: Bryce Canyon

Day 30-31: Traveling through Monument Valley

Day 32: Durango, Colorado

Day 33: Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Day 34-36: Denver, Colorado and the area

Day 37: Rocky Mountain National Park

Day 38: Driving to Teton National Park

Day 39-40: Teton National Park

Day 41-44: Yellowstone National Park

Day 45: Bozeman, Montana

Day 46: Great Falls, Montana

Day 47-50: Glacier National Park

Day 51: Driving to Calgary, Canada

Day 51-54: Jasper National Park, Canada

Day 55-58: Banff and Yoho National Parks

Day 59: Driving towards Vancouver

Day 60-63: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Day 64-65: Victoria, Canada

Day 66-68: Pacific Rim National Park, Canada

Day 69: Victoria, Canada

Day 70-72: Olympic National Park

Day 73-78: Seattle & the Area

Day 79-81: Portland, Oregon

Day 82: Oregon Coast

Day 83: Crater Lake National Park

Day 84: Lava Beds State Park

Day 85: Lake Shasta

Day 86: Lassen National Park

Day 87-90: San Francisco

This is it! Any ideas and tips, leave them here for me through the comment form, please! I’ve been doing tons of research, so I think I have the basics covered. There is actually a daily plan as well, for what to do in the big cities etc.

What we’d really like to do is meet people too along the road, so if you’re located along our route – let me know and maybe we can come over and say hi!

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6 Responses to Our Trip Plans – US West Coast 2011

  1. Leah says:

    If you can give Durango more than one day, I would suggest it – I used to work at the visitor’s welcome center in Durango, CO. If you only have one day, ride the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad up to Silverton (and take the bus back to Durango).
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..Single Issue Dating =-.

    • IsraeliMom says:

      How cool, I had no idea you have Colorado background as well! I did look into the train thing, but it’s very very expensive. For the four of us it would be $260 which is a bit steep for a train ride. I was thinking about driving the road instead and visiting Silverton down the road as we head up the 550 (I think that’s the road number? the one that goes up north).

  2. Kate C says:

    Sounds like the trip of a lifetime! I hope your kids enjoy a lot of time in the car. 🙂 It’s a very ambitious plan!

    Like I said before, feel free to email me if you have any questions about the mountain regions. Also, if you want to stop by and say “Hi!” we love having visitors here in Colorado!

    • IsraeliMom says:

      We were actually pleased to see how well the kids did on long drives. We have fond memories from the long drives we did last time – a couple were as long as 8 hours. We watch the scenery together, play games, talk, and it’s good family time.
      The bit where we go from Zion and Bryce to Colorado is still not finalized, actually. I wonder whether to approach Colorado from the south, say from Mesa Verde, or to pass through Canyonlands Park and then straight to the Gunnison area. Still time to decide – either way, I’m sure it’s going to be interesting!

      • Kate C says:

        I think Canyonlands, Arches and the Moab area of Utah are probably some of my favorite places in the world. But they are hot and crowded in the summer. Mesa Verde gets less traffic, and is more “on the way” towards Durango and such. Plus, hiking through the Indian cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde is really cool. I think I would recommend that route. 🙂

  3. Steve says:

    You guys are so International. 🙂
    .-= Steve´s last blog ..Musical Interlude – NFAK and Peter Gabriel =-.