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Old Today, 02:03 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I did that route in Colorado for the first time in my life a couple of years ago, when my adult child moved to that state. It was stunning. I did it in early June. I don’t see it any more difficult to take your RV there than up the coastal California route, where I have been many times.

I don’t know how old your children are, but there is such beautiful nature in both places. However, California is guaranteed to be crowded. Parts of Colorado, like Rocky Mountain NP, will also be crowded, and zoo-like...but not the part of Colorado that you want to go to. Plus, there are so many hiking trails with a lot less people than in California. (Crowds are always a dealbreaker for me.) You can also include Mesa Verde NP on your Colorado trip, it’s right on the way.
Colorado is pretty crowded these days, especially the prime spots, including Maroon Bells
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Black Canyon of Gunnison may be light traffic, as are the many national Forest sites that do not have popular 4x4 or mtn bike tracks. I prefer to go to NF between Steamboat and Encampment WY. Even the Snowy Range (WY) had a lot of Colorado traffic on the trails (in Sept).

With PCH, you have Oregon and WA which offer side trips that will NOT be crowded
Usually North Sierra's is not crowded either. Lassen is very similar to RMNP and I have never had crowds when visiting there. (but it is possible).

Lava Beds, Oregon Caves, and even Crater Lake NP usually are pretty light for crowds.

On the coast, CA can be very crowded on weekends (for camping spots). But plenty of hikes / places to get lost in the beauty. Find a 'hideaway' NEAR the tourist area, but where the tourists don't go! (There are plenty of these on the coast. )
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Old Today, 04:03 AM
 
Location: The Ozone Layer, apparently...
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California - 101 up through Klamath Falls Oregon and over to Crater Lake National Park.

The Coast is beautiful and there are tons of state and private campgrounds along the way.

Elk Prairie Camp Ground is awesome. If you stay on the prairie side you can easily awaken to a herd of elk in the morning. *Be smart and dont get too close. We stayed in a tent, and the elk came in to chomp on late season blackberries on the forest edge. Ive never been that close to elk before awaking to see them right outside my tent.

Big Lagoon

Hurst Castle at Big Sur.

Trees of Mystery (Trees of Misery as the locals call it).

I dont know about now that there is a casino, but Trinidad was a pretty little town with Moonstone Beach nearby.

Fern Canyon in Orrick.

Can even take a side trip to the gold panning area around Salyersville heading toward Redding, then to Whiskytown and Mount Shasta.

Did I mention giant redwoods? lol
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Old Today, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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OP: Look here https://www.colorado.com/articles/co...an-juan-skyway
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Old Today, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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Whichever you choose, go armed with this book: Mountain Directory - West. if you are pulling or driving an RV.
Our first time out I found myself at the bottom of Salt River Canyon, with overheated brakes, unable to stop because I used a typical road atlas to plan my route, not one that lists the grade percentage.

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Gemstone1
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Old Today, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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I did that route in Colorado for the first time in my life a couple of years ago, when my adult child moved to that state. It was stunning. I did it in early June. I don’t see it any more difficult to take your RV there than up the coastal California route, where I have been many times.

I don’t know how old your children are, but there is such beautiful nature in both places. However, California is guaranteed to be crowded. Parts of Colorado, like Rocky Mountain NP, will also be crowded, and zoo-like...but not the part of Colorado that you want to go to. Plus, there are so many hiking trails with a lot less people than in California. (Crowds are always a dealbreaker for me.) You can also include Mesa Verde NP on your Colorado trip, it’s right on the way.
10, 7, and 4. My 10 year old is special needs and can't really hike as well as the others, so the steeper the terrain the less of a chance we have to explore.
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Old Today, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Formerly Pleasanton Ca, now in Marietta Ga
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I would pick California. More bang for the buck. The diversity is amazing. Lots to do and see.
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