Road Trip Guide: LA to SEATTLE

 

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Hey guys!
This blog post is to share my Road Trip path we took in June 2015.

This trip was a moving trip from Los Angeles California to Seattle Washington.
My boyfriend, my dog Luna, and I packed up our belongings in our VW Vanagon and headed up the coast.
During this trip we Car Camped at different State Parks + some friends houses.
We chose these locations because they are dog friendly and beautiful~
Leaving LA

Los Padres National Forest

Los Padres National Forest, California

Our estimated total drive time from LA to Los Padres National Forest: 4 hours and 49 minutes -200 miles -US 101 N

This was our first Camp site of the trip!  The site was far off the highway and eventually we had no reception.
TIP: screen shot your GPS map to help you along the way when you eventually lose reception.

During our stay at Los Padres flying bugs kept entering our van X__X
I am glad I had sewn us come curtains prior to our trip.  After we put them up it really helped to keep most of them out.

The next morning my boyfriend and Luna went on a Trail that the camp site supervisor recommended to us.
**The top left photo in the photo collage above this.  Beautiful view.

Overall review of the site–
This site is nice if you are in the area.  But if we did this trip again we probably would have tried to straight shot it to Big Sur.

Campsite info: We car camped at this location it costs us $25 to stay over night. They have restrooms and showers available.

| note: Check out the website for more information + campsite availability prior to your trip there |
Los Padres Official Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/

 (more photos I took in Los Padres via my blog post “Carried Away”: http://stardustbohemian.com/?p=5839)

leaving los p

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camping at big sur

Big Sur, California

Our estimated total drive time from Los Padres National Forest to Big Sur: 4 hours and 48 minutes -165 miles -Highway 1

let me just start by saying: BIG SUR WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF OUR TRIP.
The drive was so beautiful, it was really windy and the air was so cold– But if you have a thick jacket is is really nice.
So many photo opps, everything just looks so lovely!

To see more outfit photos view my Bloom Style shoot: http://stardustbohemian.com/?p=5819 

The campsite we went to was clean, minimal bugs.
There is a fair amount of space between each campsite.
I dont know exactly the name of our site, but it was the first one on the right when you enter the main area of big sur after the shops.

Overall review of the site–
**Would totally come back to this location in the future**
Plan to stay at least a few days in Big Sur to experience all the different scenery.

Campsite info: We car camped at a campsite and the price was $60 to stay over night. They have restrooms and showers available.

| note: Check out the website for more information + campsite availability prior to your trip there |
Big Sur Camping Guide: http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/camping.html

exploring big sur

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San Francisco, California

Our estimated total drive time from Big Sur to San Fransisco: 2 hours and 50 minutes -152 miles -I-280 N

We stayed with our friend from Hawaii for day 3-4. He lives about 1 hour away from the city.
Zach and I had trouble finding a good priced place to stay that was puppy friendly & had parking in the city– so we really lucked out with being able to stay with our friend.

(sorry about not being able to recommend a SF location)

day 5 humboldtt

 

Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California

Our estimated total drive time from SF to Humboldt Redwoods State Park: 5 hours and 2 minutes -238 miles -US-101 N

We ended our first drive through the Red Wood Forest in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
We arrived before sundown so we got to take a good look at our area.
This site particular was really fascinating because it was clear that the Native Americans used to live on this land.

We had over heard the office worker tell some campers that the hallowed out trees at almost
each campsite is that way because the Native Americans used them as ovens to cook their meat. The burnt wood looked so interesting.

view more style photo shoot photos via my blog post “redwood forest”: http://stardustbohemian.com/?p=5872

Overall review of the site–
Beautiful Trees and you get a real “camping” feel being surrounded by the lush nature.

Campsite info: We car camped at this location it costs us $35 to stay over night. They have restrooms and showers available.

| note: Check out the website for more information + campsite availability prior to your trip there |
Humboldt Redwood Forest Official website: http://humboldtredwoods.org/

day 6 del norte

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, California

Our estimated total drive time from Humbolt Redwood to Del Norte Redwood: 2 hours and 42 minutes -118 miles -US-101 N

During our drive from Humbolt to Del Norte we got to see some of the in forest attractions along the way.
The one Zachary really wanted to visit was the Klamath “Drive Thru Tree“.

Del Norte Coast Redwood State Park Mill Creek Campground was so lush.
This was the area where I did my forest fairy photo shoot.  There was a lot of moss, plants and greenery.

Forest Fairy Blog Post: http://stardustbohemian.com/?p=5905

Out of all of the camp sites we went to this site was the most cautious about leaving food out,
because of the possibility of Bears entering the Camp grounds.  Apparently it had happened recently from the time of our stay.
That was a wake up call/reminder that we really do share the woods with the wild life.

Overall review of the site–
Nice campground, really nice lush nature. Would re-visit & recommend.

Campsite info: We car camped at this location it costs us $35 to stay over night. They have restrooms and showers available.

| note: Check out the website for more information + campsite availability prior to your trip there |
Del Norte Camping Guide: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=414

Oregon

 

Oregon

Our estimated total drive time from Del Norte Redwood to Salem, Oregon: 5 hours and 5 minutes -292 miles -I-5 N

Zachary & I did not have any specific stops that we wanted to take in Oregon for this trip, so we headed up to my dads house in Northern Oregon.

This is around the time that the Heat Wave started in Oregon so the Heat really started getting to us and our non Air conditioned car…

We spent 3 days in Oregon relaxing at my dads house in an actual bed & in AC. We also visited some family and friends that we knew in the area.

Next time we visit, since it is so close to seattle, we plan on adventuring more nature there.

Here is a style post that I did while in Oregon “Free Yourself”: http://stardustbohemian.com/?p=5927

**note: although we did not do it this exact trip, I recommend looking into crater lake national park. That is a beautiful + camping-worthy spot**

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Seattle, Washington

We have arrived at our destination!

Our estimated total drive time from Salem, Oregon to Seattle, Washington: 4 hours and 10 minutes -219 miles

After our week on the road we finally made it to our new home. More stories to have and places to go. This summer we are thinking about possibly taking a road trip to Canada! 🙂

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my LA to Seattle Road Trip adventure.

 

Key things to know before going on a long road trip!

◈STAY HYDRATED! Bring tons of water and snacks for this trip. You dont always know when you will get a proper pit stop.
Zach and I made sure to bring: Granola Bars, Water to refill our Hydro Flask, coconut water, Power-aid and other human foods + puppy foods.

◈Plan your routes in advanced! You don’t want to back track, get lost, have no bathroom access,
or stress out on the road. Call ahead if you think a certain place you are going can possibly get over booked.

◈Always have a plan B! Weather and other mysterious forces can cancel plans.
Be sure to have a general idea of where you can go to stay safe. Or a plan B hotel/campsite if your first choice does not work out.

◈Get your playlist ready~ Zach and I did not have jams ready, lol. We listened to the wind and bought random cassettes during our drive.

◈Malls and Walmarts make perfect rest stops! Zach and I would utilize the food courts for meals + bathroom breaks.
Walmarts obvi sells everything as well. Both places has large parking lots where you can rest for a few hours without getting kicked out (hopefully).

◈Screen shot your GPS map! this tip will help you along the way when you eventually lose reception.
Sometimes you don’t even notice when you cross over to an area where you completely lose signal.

◈Make sure to have a car charger + external power pack!
It will be a mystery when the next time you can charge your electronics is, especially when camping.
Your phone is major when it comes to needing your GPS~ so stay off instagram + snapchat and save your battery life for GPS + your camera.
Upload things + check your newsfeed later.

Questions of the day:
1) Do you know any stops on this road trip that I should have taken?
2) Is this a trip that you are interested in doing?
3) Do you have any long road trip tips you would like to share with us?
>>>Let me know in the comments! 🙂