Finally going to make a west coast trip
So the boss has agreed that we will finally make a west coast trip this coming year. Been a long time wish of mine to drive the west coast and now that this will be the 2nd full summer with the Vette we have decided to make it a go. Plans (lol I love how I think I have plans) are for me to drive out to LA or San Fran from MN and pick her up (she is flying due to less vacation to burn just getting there). We will then spend 7-10 days making our way up the coast stopping to see what inspires us as we go along ending with a couple of days in Seattle. Now comes the fun part. She has lived in both Seattle and San Fran but I have never even been out there. Other than a few musts, see the red woods, drive the pacific coast highway and Mt St Helens and Mt Hood I have no idea what else there may be to stop and see. Has anyone else ever made this drive and have any advice? This will be the main vacation for the year so nice hotels are a must and great restaurants or sites to see are important. Couple of thoughts and questions are below.
1. Should I take the time to look at some of Rt 66 on the way out or save that for another trip?
2. Start in LA or SF?
3. Is Napa Valley worth seeing?
4. Your thoughts on best views of the Ocean. Mind you I am a 20 yr Navy vet so I am not amazed by the ocean as much as the coast line.
Any advice would be appreciated. Many months to plan this out but really want to start so that I can plot it out.