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Road trip with small kids (2&4), Portland to LA, 3 weeks

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Road trip with small kids (2&4), Portland to LA, 3 weeks

Hi everybody, we are a family of 4, with 2 small kids aged 2 and 4, and we are going on a 3-week road trip from Seattle to LA in July. We love the outdoors, mountainbiking (the adults only so far), nice lodges, the sea and good food.

What are your recommendations regarding places to stay?

We were planning to get a rental car in Portland and keep it until LA.

Our draft itinerary is Seattle (3 days), Portland (2 days), then open to suggestions, then San Francisco (3 to 5 days) and then LA (3 days or so). We have seen people suggest on other forums to go to Redwood National Park, and Mount Shastna.

Do you think these suggestions would be suitable for travel with small children?

Do you think it would be possible to fit in Yosemite?

What lodges or hotels would you recommend? We like quiet locations away from main roads and we would prefer a swimming pool and good food over TVs etc.

Which part of town would you recommend in LA? We thought Santa Monica, near the beach, would be nice, but we are wondering whether there are nice things to do with the kids. Is there a bike rental place maybe that has trailers for kids?

Thanks a lot everybody!

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1. Re: Road trip with small kids (2&4), Portland to LA, 3 weeks

Here is the road trips forum which is a good place to plan your overall itinerary.

https:/…ShowForum-g1-i12567-Road_Trips.html

For particular questions about individual destinations such as your questions about LA, it's best to go to the city or region forum.

Are you planning to take the train from Seattle to Portland? If so you would miss seeing places like Mt. Rainier National Park (a much better visitor experience than Shasta) and Mt. St. Helens (a volcano that blew in 1980 and is still letting off steam).

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2. Re: Road trip with small kids (2&4), Portland to LA, 3 weeks

I would spend some time along the coast in Oregon. Redwoods Trees in California. (Probably skip mt Shasta unless you really want to go). San Francisco. Yosemite Valley for a couple nights. Mammoth Lakes for a night or two. Los Angeles- Santa Monica would be great. Maybe Anaheim/Disneyland. Maybe San Diego.

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