bluntforce - 1:00 am on Jun 14, 2012 (gmt 0)
It was mostly a drive, taking a car from Southern California to Seattle. Your recommendations were good, although hikes/walks in the redwoods and on the beaches were all we truly had time for.
I will state that I did absolutely no planning before beginning the drive, had no idea exactly when I'd start North and just before we left found an old atlas that would help me on my way. I kind of thought I'd use the internet when we stopped for each day to evaluate the next day. Lots of multi-hyphenated and keyword laden sites, but not really what I was seeking. I don't have GPS, so made a phone call about an hour from our destination to get final city and ferry directions, other than that it's pretty easy to stay pointed North.
In retrospect, it is possible the serps I saw were due to a lack of sites rather than Google inefficiency, but I do wonder if there has been a focus on urban "needs" more than rural.