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Seattle RV travelling round trip to national parks, 10 days

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1. Posted by agno (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

hi there,
planning a trip to the States in July, staying in Seattle for some days and then heading "somewhere". we would like to take our kids to UTAH parks, but miles are a lot, and late July is Pioneer's day, therefore all booked :(
What about RV travelling? could spare on hotel nights and maybe some food
do you think from Seattle we could make it and back? ore get somewhere interesting nearer to Washington State?
First time for them in the States...
if RV travelling is a good idea, some hints on good rentals? unexpensive but reliable!
thanks in advance to all and each answer :)

2. Posted by katzgar (Full Member 172 posts) 1y

RV's are expensive so just stay in motels.
spend time here... http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm

Yellowstone would be more interesting for a first time park. There are national parks around Seattle. All parks will be busy late July. Obviously you can make it, but how much time do you have? Use gmaps and youtube to plan.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-May-2015, at 12:06 by katzgar ]

3. Posted by agno (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

hi katzgar,
thanks a lot for the idea and the link: great!
I'll try to switch on Yellowstone and see if can also organize something else not too far from it, in order to spend some time even hiking or bicycling in the park...
my only fear travelling by car is that lodging goes crazy this time of the year and we do not like to book in advance, as it's great to decide where to stop quite day by day, but we'll manage it!
thanks again

4. Posted by agno (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

forgot to mention: we can travel around about 10 days, between July 20 and the end of the month...

5. Posted by katzgar (Full Member 172 posts) 1y

it is 740 miles from Seattle to Yellowstone. You done really have much time for stops along the way with just 10 days.

6. Posted by katzgar (Full Member 172 posts) 1y

RV parks will be busy too. watch the movie RV with robin Williams.

7. Posted by robin99 (Budding Member 9 posts) 1y

I've did a road trip a few years ago from San Diego all the way up to Vancouver, if you've got some days free in the Seattle area here are two options that I'd suggest.

Option 1
Head south to Portland but instead of going straight down the interstate get the car ferry across to Bainbridge Island and then head along Highway 101 to circumnavigate Olympic National Park stopping to camp at 1 or 2 places. Then carry on alongthe same highway along the Oregon coast heading inland to Portland, a lovely relaxed city, with lots of book shops, coffee shops and the home of the craft brewing revolution in America. The head back up to Seattle along the interstate perhaps stopping in at the Capitol State Forest or Mt Rainier National Park on the way.

Option 2
Head north into Canada and go to Vancouver and Victoria Island then get a ferry straight back to Seattle. I was pleasantly impressed by Vancouver, a city surrounded by mountains but on the coast and quite green.

8. Posted by agno (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

thanks to both katzgar and robin99!
great ideas: actually, we discussed deeper about the parks and agree that it is a lot driving: then decided not to head even to Yellowstone, but instead to remain in the area - thanks robin for the hints :)
good option - maybe less crowded - driving north up to Vancouver and Vancouver Island
...third option, a total hit of two hours ago: why not to fly up to Glacier bay??? we're a crazy family...
in the meantime we are still struggling over the flights to Seattle