My husband and I are looking into 2 vacation options: Seattle vs Las Vegas. We are into hiking and nature and will be renting a car. The trip will be about 2 weeks long. We live in the Middle East (and therefore have a slight aversion to heat and sand on vacation...) and so this will be our only chance to go out West for many many years, if ever again. This vacation will be in early September. Which do people suggest, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and a road trip to Yellowstone? Or base ourselves in Vegas or LA and visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite? Is it realistic in only 2 weeks to reach San Francisco too, if we go with option #2? Is Vancouver realistic and/or worthwhile if we go with option #1? Thanks!
Question about US West Coast
Hanna, you must remember how far things are away from one another here in the US. It is something that Europeans and Mid-Easterners don't realize sometimes. You could drive from Vegas to the Grand Canyon's north rim in about five hours, or to LA or San Diego in the same amount of time. San Francisco is nearly 7 hours away from LA by car. Yellowstone may be out of the question as it is 13 hours drive from Seattle. Mt Rainier and Mt St Helens are within 2 hours of Seattle (depending on traffic, of course). Portland is within 3 hours. Vancouver is 3 hours north of Seattle with traffic. If you want a change of scenery from sand and sun, I would suggest the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, Portland, Vancouver). There's terrific wine country, San Juan islands, Victoria, etc.