Help plan our summer travels!
We’re in planning mode for our next round of travels. It’ll be our first big international trip as a family of four so we’re looking for something easy, fun and where we can go at our own pace and adjust along the way. We’re heading to North America this time around and I’d love input from you on places to go, things to do and any great eats along the way. Here’s the rough outline itinerary we have so far:
We’ll be flying from New Zealand to Honolulu. At this stage, our idea is to spend a week each in Oahu, Kauai and Maui. Lee’s visited Kauai a couple of times with his family and has very fond memories of Hanalei Bay so that’s a must do. Everything else is up in the air. What are your favourite beaches in Oahu, Maui and Kauai? We are looking for kid-friendly spots with shallow water and no waves. We’re planning on getting vacation rentals in each island and exploring from a base. I’ve been scouring Airbnb and VRBO for condos but if you have specific recommendations I’d love to have them.
Pacific Northwest Road Trip
Four to five weeks
We’ll be flying from Hawaii into Seattle. We plan on picking up a car in Seattle and driving all the way to San Francisco. I’m super excited to hang out with my travel blogging friend Keryn from Walking On Travels. She’s an expert when it comes to Seattle & surrounds and has pre-school aged boys for Reuben to play with. What are your favourite things to do in Seattle? Should we swing by Mount Rainer National Park?
Portland is on our list because it’s big for foodies so any restaurant, food truck or cafe recommendations you have would be great. What else do you suggest for Portland?
Further down in Oregon we want to focus on natural wonders and National Parks like Crater Lake and Klamath Falls. We might spend a few days on the coast also. What do you suggest?
We’ll stretch our travels down into California at this point to visit the Redwoods. Where is the best city to base ourselves while visiting the Redwoods?
Next we’ll be making our way inland to Yosemite National Park via a stop in Lake Tahoe. If you’ve been to either, how many days would you devote to each? What are the best trails, hikes or activities for families with small children? We’ll have a baby carrier for Hazel but Reuben will be walking (or on Dad’s shoulders!).
Finally, we plan on finishing up in San Francisco for more good food and sightseeing in the big city. Where do you suggest we go in San Francisco?
Four to five weeks
We spent six weeks in Las Vegas when Reuben was a baby and had a great time. We love this city! I’m looking forward to all the great restaurants, a bit of casino action and shows. There are so many great things to do with kids in Las Vegas. Reuben doesn’t remember our first visit so I’m sure he’ll enjoy doing them all again. Moreover, we’ll be looking for a breather from quick travelling after a busy two months on the road. What are your favourite things to do in Las Vegas?
After that, who knows?
Our next step will dependent on if we can get a six month tourist visa for the US. If we can’t, we’ll only have 90 days and will have to exit North America at this point and head into Central or South America. If we can stay in the US, I’d like to head to the East Coast and then down to Florida for a cruise. If we can’t, then we need to look for flights to somewhere like Guatemala, Colombia or Argentina.