I am taking a trip to Seattle next week. I will be driving. I have available two fairly direct routes.
The first is west to Denver (I-70), then north to Cheyenne Wy(1-25 to I-80) and west to Ogden Utah and then I-84 to La Grande, Ore. from there to I-82 to I-90 and Seattle.
The second is west to Denver (I -70) then north I-25 to I-90 in southern Montana and west through Montana, Idaho and on to Seattle.
The distances of these two routes are fairly equidistant. 1990 for one and 2020 for the other.
I plan on doing photography for the equivalent of three days on this portion of the journey to Seattle(planning 7 days or thereabouts one way). Which of these routes is the more scenic? Do you have suggestions of sites to visit? I will be driving a 4WD vehicle. Are there weather or road conditions on either of these routes that should be considered?
On my return journey I intend to follow the Pacific coast of Washington, Oregon, and California until I turn back east (probably I-80) for home. Do you have suggestions on places to visit? Sites to see? Again I intend 7 days or thereabouts for the journey home. This should allow about 3 days of pure photography time during this portion of the trip.
Thanks for any experiences and insights that you have to offer.